A rare day of sunshine without even a threat of rain over most areas brought out some friends. No sooner than I’d switched on my R5 than a Scarlet-Backed Flowerpecker (little lady) decided to sample some of the flower less than three meters away.

Later I happened upon an Oriental Pied Hornbill trying to teach her little one how to search for food. These are unusually confiding birds, as many of them are or are descended from former zoo residents who were released into the wild for the purpose of increasing their numbers. To everyone’s delight, they are succeeding.

Last find of the day was a group of Blue-Throated Bee Eaters, skittish friends who are exceedingly graceful in flight, to which they will take on eye contact or the sound of footsteps, among other conditions.

First and third are depicted following:

R5/RF 100-400mm
R5/RF 600mm