Bnbbyc19 Janat Montag

Updated: Feb. 26, 2021

The bird of paradise plants were in full bloom while we were vacationing in San Diego in early December. While photographing hummingbirds who were taking advantage of the blooms; I noticed common yellowthroats also drinking the nectar. I learned that birds pollinate these plants; not insects. As pictured here; the yellowthroat sits on the blue bracket of the plant; and when he goes in for the nectar; pollen is deposited on his breast. When he visits another flower; the pollen from the bird is deposited on the exposed flower parts of the bloom. I used a Canon 80D with a 100-400mm lens to capture this beautiful little warbler/pollinator.

common yellowthroatCourtesy Janat Montag