Olive-backed Sunbird At Botanic Garden

Olive-backed Sunbird | Botanic Garden

Olive-backed sunbird is a very beautiful and colourful small bird commonly seen in Singapore.

They are very active and fly low between the tree and bushes, it seems that they are not afraid of human. When I am observing the sunbird, this little cute bird just enjoying to hunt for the food (I stand really close to it), allow me to take the very good shots for them!

Only manage to spot the female olive-backed sunbird, hope next time I have better luck to see the male sunbird which has beautiful metallic blue-black colour at the forehead, throat and upper breast.

These photos are captured by the following gears:

  • Camera : Olympus E-M1 Mark III
  • Lens : Olympus 40-150mm F2.8 PRO + MC-20

Hope you like the songbird photos 🙂

Olive-backed Sunbird | Botanic Garden

ƒ/6.3 | 300.0 mm | 1/50s | ISO 200

Olive-backed Sunbird | Botanic Garden

ƒ/5.6 | 300.0 mm | 1/100s | ISO 200

Olive-backed Sunbird | Botanic Garden

ƒ/6.3 | 300.0 mm | 1/125s | ISO 200

Olive-backed Sunbird | Botanic Garden

ƒ/6.3 | 284.0 mm | 1/80s | ISO 200

9 replies »

  1. Man, these are seriously good photos. I love shooting at 300mm. My favorite lens is my 70-300mm Tamron (quality could be better but it does at least give me range). So, you’re upping your 150mm with a converter to 300mm? The quality is insanely good!

    • Hi Dennis, I am glad that you like the photos 🙂 Yes, I am using the teleconverter MC-20 to extend the range to 300mm from my 40-150mm F2.8 PRO lens. Although it will lose 2 stop of light, however, it does not impact on the image quality at all! I am very happy with this lens with the teleconverter attached to it. Another lens you can consider if you like to shoot at 300mm is the latest Olympus 100-400mm f/5-6.3, it’s a great lens as well and give you the versatile range plus it supports the teleconverter as well. You may refer to my previous post for the wildlife photos taken using this lens for reference 🙂 Hope this help. Enjoy your photography!

      • I actually don’t have an Olympus camera. I have Nikon DSLR. I will use my Tamron 70-300mm until it goes kaputt. But I am still curious if a converter would work on a 70-300mm zoom lens as well. I might need to research if someone ever tried that with the Tamron lens. 😀

  2. Great shots. I use a Sigma 150-600mm on a Nikon 750. I’ve found using a teleconverter on my old 300 mm cut out too much light and made all the images grainy. I tend to shoot most of my birds in low light.

    • Sherry, Sigma 150-600mm is a great lens! Yes indeed using teleconverter will lose out the light and sometime I have to adjust it back by using Lightroom. Will see if I have the chance to get a good constant aperture lens which allow me to take the birds photo in Low light. Much to learn 🙂 Enjoy your weekend!

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