22 February 2020

Sunbird Friday

Week 08; 21 February 2020 - Abdullah Al Salem

Paul Scott and I spent a morning in the lovely private garden where the Sunbird's had been present all week - just not today!

Nevertheless, it was still an enjoyable morning with good conversation and enjoying a garden that transports you out of Kuwait.

We were entertained by fair numbers of Common Chiffchaff - this one having very little yellow?

Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita)

As consolation for not seeing the Sunbird, we were entertained for about 10-minutes by a Hummingbird Hawk-moth as it foraged and pollinated the flowers in the garden. It's eyes are quite amazing and they look like they are always watching you. Reading up on the 'Net, the dark spot in the eye is called a 'pseudo-pupil'. It is actually a patch of facets absorbing most of the light coming from your direction. As you move relative to the moth's eye, the patch seems to move. However, all you are seeing is a new patch of light-absorbing facets.

Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum)

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