Purple Sunbird, Girnar Hills, India by Jayendra Bhalodiya

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Purple Sunbirds drink nectar from flowers. They do it so gently and with the utmost care. Their firm and gentle grip and long beak allow them to reach deep inside the flower. When I took this photo, I was actually out observing vultures in Girnar Hills. At one moment, I noticed this purple sunbird jumping from flower to flower. The valley, afternoon sun, green trees, dry grass, and indeed this beautiful little bird filled the frame with many colours. Different shades of colours on the flashy neck and finer details of the eyes are apparent in the picture. In Girnar Hills, the Girnar Wildlife Sanctuary host plenty of birds and animal species, including Asiatic Lion nurturing their natural habitat. It also is a famous pilgrimage destination of cultural and devotional importance, with temples located within different areas and on top of the Girnar Hills. This picture was taken from a pilgrimage path as a handheld camera shot.

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