I can remember in vivid detail this particular bird. I had spent the afternoon at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town and had enjoyed a glorious hour late in the afternoon photographing Orange Breasted Sunbirds that were absolutely stunningly gorgeous. As the day turned to evening, the light became absolutely perfect. We had made our way towards the exit and to be honest my wife was just about starting to become long suffering although she never said so, bless her! I was dawdling and she was hurrying! It was just the perfect time of day and birds were everywhere. I caught sight of a small bird which was obviously a newly fledged chick and managed to get a nice photograph. Then after a few moments I noticed the adult nearby looking for insect prey to feed the youngster. In the shot above it is grabbing a weavel from amongst the dead head of a Red Hot Poker flower. These Prinias are a common but endemic bird to the South African Cape and noticeable on almost every birding trip in the right habitat which seemed to be scrubby areas and cultivated gardens and parks.
Charles Fleming is a wildlife photographer and nature blogger based in South West England. His blog "Wildlife in a Suburban Garden" has more than 1400 entries and a link to galleries where you can view more than 4000 images from the UK and the rest of the world featuring photographs of more than 500 species. "My aim is to try and put my readers and viewers intimately close to the subject and to share the thrill of watching and photographing birds and wildlife at close quarters".