If you tied me to a chair, shined a bright light in my face, and forced me to choose my absolute favourite bird family, I guess it would have to be Sunbirds ;^)

As you might be able to tell by now, looking through my avian portfolio, the bird species that appeal to me most are generally the more exotic kind, striking in colour, shape and form, and if Mother Nature can throw in something of an elegantly curving beak, all the better for me!

And while I've since been lucky enough to find and photograph a number of other beautiful Sunbird species, the Sapphire-Throated Sunbird you see here is my favourite of all, as it was this little guy (well, not actually this one, but another that looked very much like him I saw for the first time many months before this one!) that first triggered my love of bird as a whole.

Just to set the record straight: field guide reference books will give you the name for this bird as an Olive-Backed Sunbird, but I decided a while back that this name doesn't do justice to it's stunning beauty – especially when other species have been given much more appropriate names for their most predominant colours like Scarlet, Purple, Crimson, etc. - so I've taken it upon myself to rename this species as a Sapphire-Throated Sunbird … and if there are any reference book authors (or whomever it is that thinks up these names in the first place!) out there reading this in disgust, hey, sue me ;^p

Oh and BTW, this particular Sapphire-Throated Sunbird presented itself and posed wonderfully for me on the island of Koh Chang, which is in Trat Province just off the coast of Southeast Thailand.

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