I thought the idea worked pretty well and within a couple of days I had, in my opinion, some fun images:
|Amethyst Sunbird, Chalcomitra amethystina|
|Malachite Sunbirds, Nectarina famosa|
|Cape Weaver, Ploceus velatus|
|Southern Masked Weaver, Ploceus ocularis, most way through his moult|
|A Cape White-eye, Zosterops capensis, spots the first bees|
|no more birds!|
Within a couple of hours, by the time the liquid was all done, I'd guess there were at at least 100 dead bees in the bottle:
So now I'm really bummed. The birds have all gone and there is a dent in the local bee population - which we can ill afford.
I can easily make a design change to the feeding bottle so that the bees can't drown. But while there are bees there I know the birds will stay away. I will need to keep my distance too since these guys are pretty aggressive - all sugared-up I guess.
I'd appreciate any advice.