Photographer's Note

A malechite sunbird resting on a pincushion protea in Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town. No post-processing saturation - the bird and flowers really are those colours.

Kirstenbosch Gardens are frequently rated among the top botanical gardens in the world - very much helped by their location: on the slopes of Table Mountain - which gives some rather spectacular backdrops - and in the Cape Floral Kingdom, by far the smallest of the six floral kingdoms on our planet, covering a mere 0.04% of the land surface. While relatively tiny, in terms of biodiversity it is one of the world's hottest hot-spots, with around 9000 species of plant - around 6500 of which are endemic to the region.

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Additional Photos by Iain Pearson (iainsp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 482 W: 0 N: 698] (3298)
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