This is a male red-billed firefinch, photographed at Brufut Woods, the Gambia, 4 February 2012.
Such a beautiful bird deserves a blog post of its own.
The photograph was at a place where there had been a fire.
In the background, one can vaguely see a female red-billed firefinch.
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great photography ! you have a great eye for spotting birds
Thank you! Another red-billed firefinch photo from the Gambia is my gravatar.