The drier months at Londolozi generally have dull browns as the dominant colour scheme, but on some of the rocky outcrops and alongside the camp walkways, bright splashes of colour are starting to burst through, as the aloes are starting to flower.
With them comes a whole array of bird species and insects, all determined to take advantage of the bounty of nectar on offer. Many of the bird species are brightly coloured and easy to identify, and the most common ones we see hopping around the aloe blooms are the sunbirds, whose long decurved beaks are specifically designed for accessing the nectar contained in ling-stemmed flowers.
It is generally the male sunbirds of the species that are more colourful, their iridescent plumage being used to attract the more dull-coloured females. If a pair is seen hopping around together, deciding which female is which is relatively straightforwards, but when the females are on their own, they all tend to look the same.
Which female do you think this is:
It’s a fairly straightforward one, as a quick reference to a bird book should give you the answer if you take all her various features into account.
The answer will be revealed in this Friday’s Week in Pictures…
Try last week’s bird challenge here: What Bird is This? #12