They are very dynamic and won’t sit at a place for long.. jumping from one flower to another, and sometimes hovering like butterflies. So it is a difficult task to photograph them. This is what I tried :-
- Find a plant where the bird visits daily (here I have the firebush) and watch its actions.
- Wait patiently for the bird to come on an open place (if it is in between the leaves, it will be difficult – so wait for the occasions when it comes out. The first two photos were taken like that, but in the third the background is distracting; I posted it also to show the difference).
- Shoot in burst mode and take as much shots as possible. I think I had taken more than hundred and only a few were satisfactory.
- Also use the maximum possible shutter speed.
(For your information, I took these with a P&S – Lumix FZ 60)
About the bird:
As you can see, female bird are brownish on top and yellowish on lower side. Males are more colorful with greenish head and dark purple/brown colors. Lower side is more yellowish. They have very long beaks compared to body size. On the whole the bird is only 7 or 8 centimeters in length.
Species name: Leptocoma zeylonica.