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Waxbill, Orange-breasted

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Johan van Rensburg
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Waxbill, Orange-breasted

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Wed Apr 20, 2016 4:44 pm

This little jewel has prevented me from getting good images of it over the many years I have been birding. Although not a scarce bird, the orange-breasted waxbill Amandava subflava is wary of humans and quickly disappears into the thick vegetation it prefers as habitat when approached; some birding seasons may pass without me spotting a single one! So, when I ran into a small flock of these shy birds in good light, I decided to sit for a while with the hope that their sound byte may lure them closer for a few good photographs. At first they kept their distance, but eventually a female bird came to investigate, soon followed by the brightly coloured male.

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The female is quite a bit duller than the male…

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Re: Waxbill, Orange-breasted

Unread post by leervis » Wed Apr 20, 2016 6:42 pm

WOW, what a capture!!!!!!!! :gflower: :gflower: :gflower: :gflower: :gflower: :gflower:
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Re: Waxbill, Orange-breasted

Unread post by Ladybirder » Wed Apr 20, 2016 8:58 pm

Brilliant Johan, They are so small and beautiful!! What a photo :cam: :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Re: Waxbill, Orange-breasted

Unread post by Elsa » Thu Apr 21, 2016 9:23 am

Absolutely beautiful bird and pic! :clap: :thumbs_up:
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