For our final 2 days on our 6 month travels we treated ourselves to a stay at the Shangri-La Resort in Sabah - A little bit of a different vibe to the rest of the trip but hey... You got to live it up sometimes! This is a beautiful male Olive Backed Sunbird that I photographed during our stay. These birds have adapted very well to human environments - they are common in gardens and plantations as well as their natural habitat Coastal Mangrove Forests. These birds are very territorial and I watched over and over again this fella and his partner aggressively chase away multiple bird species from their territory.
For my last 🏝Beach Week🏝 feature I wanted to share a tidbit about shorebirding in Australia that should interest the birders among you.
What was 🤯 to me was that in the spring/summer you get resident Australian shorebirds in their full breeding plumage standing beside northern hemisphere migrants in their winter plumage. What? Shorebirds that breed in the arctic during Northern Hemisphere summer, migrate to Australia for the winter (which is summer in Aus. and when the residents are breeding). Confusing right?
If you’re still following, the bird in this photo isn’t an Aussie resident or a northern hemisphere migrant. It’s a Double-banded Plover that breeds in New Zealand and migrates to Australia in winter. Just to be extra confusing 😀
Thanks for following along for a walk on the beach, it’s been fun sharing these photos and stories 🏝
I will always be fond of photographing Puffins, but many are surprised to hear they are not my favourite coastal bird in the UK. This title usually goes to Guillemots, or more specifically the Bridled Guillemot, as I feel they are an unfairly underrated bird due to their lack of colour. Despite this, they are an incredibly beautiful bird, especially the bridled birds with their white 'spectacles'. This doesn't mean I'm biased though when it comes to photographing any bird, and when a Puffin positions itself so perfectly like this, who wouldn't want to take some images?!⠀
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