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Shared Moment: A Perfect Match

A beak perfectly built for the task

  • Photo by Mike Anderson
  • PhotoZone
  • Jun 01, 2019

DISPLAYING THE CLEVER ENGINEERING of evolution, a red-chested sunbird prepares to pierce a bloom of lion’s ear mint for nectar, its decurved beak perfectly built for the task. Photographer Mike Anderson saw several of these vivid birds feasting in a field near Kenya’s Kisumu Marsh, where morning sun melted the field beyond his lens into a golden glow. “There’s an incredible connection between bird and bloom,” Anderson says. “Seeing such interconnectedness should teach us to be cautious before tampering with nature.”


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