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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

How sweet is a Hibiscus?

How sweet is a Hibiscus? It may be a very scientific question but a couple of brown-throated sunbirds would like to tell you in a different way.

I met a couple of brown-throated sunbirds about two months ago. They spent hours eating rambutan and I spent hours observing them. Rambutan is real sweet, I know.

When I saw this female sunbird spending the morning on the Hibiscus, I should know how sweet this flower is.

Not only the flower is, the place must be as sweet and romantic for this male sunbird.

He had a date in this beautiful morning.

But only to find I always disturbed them inch by inch whenever they got closer. I would also like to get closer by all means.

34 comments:

Mei Teng said...

Definitely nectar haven for the birds! :)

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Like rambutan, hibiscus flower is also edible. Nice bird shots.

Icy BC said...

Gorgeous photos, Rainfield! The birds are content with the hibiscus..

wenn said...

I hv seen that king of bird before..very cute.

George said...

These are beautiful pictures of both the Hibiscus and the sunbirds. You did a wonderful job of capturing photos of both.

Frieda said...

You took some beautiful pictures. These birds are very pretty - like the hibiscus flower, of course!

eileeninmd said...

Lovely flower and I love the birds, Rainfield. You have some awesome shots of the birds.

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Wow- I suppose the bird and flower are commonplace to you, but they seem the height of exotic to me. (we do have hibiscus in gardens)

Kilauea Poetry said...

The photos you've captured are truly remarkable..I think you have a special gift and quite an eye..the detail and colors here are fabulous!
It appears you have pretty good zoom..I have to rely on my critters being tame (lol)

AVCr8teur said...

It's nice to know birds also have a sweet tooth. The red color flowers must really attract the male.

Kirigalpoththa said...

The bird must be feeling 'high' after having too much of nectar!

Ratty said...

Both bird and flower are very beautiful. It's so delightful for me to see something new like this, whether I'm on one of my own adventures or here on the web sharing yours.

CH said...

What a wonderful color to welcome our holiday: Happy Deepavali.

fufu said...

hahaa get closer... yeah if you are looking good... j/k well you should try hibiscus... sweet...

Cheryl said...

Beautiful flower and beautiful birds. I would love to see such a wonderful sight!

Diane AZ said...

Beautiful images of the hibiscus and sunbirds. The male bird's throat is surprisingly colorful, more than just brown as in its name.

Cher said...

the first image blew me away and the rest are just as spectacular!

Ann said...

I can buy hibiscus drinks here in New Zealand, Made in Fiji

rainfield61 said...

I am in Bangi now. Happy Holiday to my Malaysian Friends.

Happy Deepavali.

Coffeeveggie addict. said...

Really sweet,we have tried making hibiscus jam when I was elementary and it taste just like berry jam!

Gadgetgirl said...

naice.good composure.

One said...

Beautiful shots! These birds come to my garden every now and then. So far, they don't stay still for long and fly away when I attempt to go near them. Didn't manage to get any clear photos to show yet. :(

Loshini said...

you took the humble hibiscus and made a pretty story.. thanks for sharing rainfield :)

Heather Dugan (Footsteps) said...

You must be very skilled at blending in to your surroundings to get such terrific shots.

Autumn Belle said...

This sunbird is beautiful. The ones that visit my garden do not have a blue throat.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

They are so sweet and beautiful that the birds cannot stay away. Your photos become more and more exceptional each time I visit.

betchai said...

oh, all wonderful shots rainfield, the hibiscus is really pretty, and sweet, attracted that very beautiful bird

Ayie said...

Must be pretty sweet for them to spend so much time there. Yes rambutan is sweet.

RNSANE said...

Rainfield, your beautiful post brougt sunshine to my rainy hospital room and my Droid 2 birthday gift allows me to post when I'm up to it. Left the lap top at home.

Freya said...

wonderful pictures !

Misalyn said...

Fantastic shots rainfield! You can ask how sweet hibiscus is:))) I have tasted one when I was a child :-)

Tabib said...

Why male is always beautiful in animal world? ;)

Ruthi said...

It is really sweet. I used to snacked on it when I was little. I sucked the nectar out of it's pistil.

Harumi said...

Sweet indeed, as much as these pictures! ^__^