Firetail sunbird, Nimachen, Sikkim, India by Soumya Ranjan Bhattacharyya

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This March I visited Zuluk in East Sikkim, which is at an altitude of about 9000 ft for birding. In general, middle of March is the beginning of the birding season, but this year, the weather was still cold. The road above Thambi was covered with slit which made driving up impossible until the slit had melted. But, at lower altitudes, below Padamchen, there was a riot of colours as the trees were teeming with bright colourful Himalayan birds. Just below Padamchenn at a place near Nimachen, we came across a flower garden of a home stay. We heard the call of fire tail sunbird. As we waited patiently for the firetail sunbird to emerge from the flower bush, it suddenly flew up to draw nectar from the flower. Like a hummingbird, it stayed at one place moving his wings vigorously, while it fed on the nectar. I took a series of shots. Here is one of them.

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