Captured this beautiful Sugarbird sitting on a protea on my way to Stellenbosch not far away from Cape Town.
The Cape Sugarbird (Promerops Cafer) is one of only six bird species considered endemic to the Cape Floral Kingdom. It is a brown bird with a splash of bright yellow below its long tail, and is found everywhere in Cape Fynbos where there are proteas or bird-pollinated ericas.
This bird is a specialist of the Proteaceae, visiting and pollinating species with a wide variety of floral designs. Its staple diet is nectar, supplemented with spiders and insects, and it visits about 300 protea flowerheads every day during autumn and winter to satisfy its energy requirements.
The sugarbirds’ very sharp claws enable them to grip onto branches and flowerheads and to continue feeding and pollinating even when strong winds force other birds to take cover in the undergrowth.

The giant or king protea (Protea cynaroides) is widely distributed in the south-western and southern areas of the Western Cape, from the Cedarberg up to just east of Grahamstown. South Africa’s national flower is the largest of the proteas, which make up an important part of the Cape Floral Region, a major global biodiversity hotspot and a Unesco World Heritage site.

Featured in Mozambique and Neighbouring Countries August 30, 2011

Featured in Natures Paintbrush August 31, 2011

Featured in I Love Birds September 04, 2011

On the Top Ten September 22, 2011

Featured in the Wildafrica Group September 25, 2011

Being third at the Top Ten in African Art 6 Photography December 26, 2011

I’m Nicole, I live in Luxembourg, a very small country in Europe and I welcome you to my photo site. Travelling and to do photography are my most loved occupations.My favorite things to photograph are wildlife,flowers and landscapes.I shoot with Nikon D300.

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Comments

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 3 years ago

    Nice work Nicole

  • Thank you very much Larry so glad that you like it and thank you for your kind welcome!!
    Nicole:)

    – Nicole Besch

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesabout 3 years ago

    How sweet and beautiful! Love it!!!!

  • Thank you very much Angie for your kind comment!!
    Nicole:)

    – Nicole Besch

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallabout 3 years ago

    So very beautiful Nicole!!

  • Thank you so very much Elizabeth I’m glad about your kind comment!
    Nicole:)

    – Nicole Besch

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkeabout 3 years ago

  • Thanks you again for for accepting David.
    Nicole:)

    – Nicole Besch

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 3 years ago

    30 August 2011 – 2 images per day

  • Thank you very much Konstantinos!
    Nicole:)

    – Nicole Besch

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 3 years ago


    30 August 2011 – 2 images per day

  • Thank you very much Konstantinos!
    Nicole:)

    – Nicole Besch

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52about 3 years ago

    what a gorgeous shot, well done

  • Thank you very much, I’m so glad that you like it!!
    Nicole:)

    – Nicole Besch

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...about 3 years ago

    beautiful capture

  • Thank you very much Kathy:)
    Nicole

    – Nicole Besch

  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...about 3 years ago

  • Thank you Tereza! What an honor. My very first feature in the group. I’m so glad about it:)
    Nicole

    – Nicole Besch

  • fezoj64
    fezoj64about 3 years ago

    What a fantastic shot, splendid great. I like it dear Nicole .
    Best wishs from Jozef

  • Thank you so much Jozef for your wonderful comment and for adding this one to your favorites:)
    Best to you,
    Nicole

    – Nicole Besch

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