Romantic African lovebirds

Green African lovebirds

I only have eyes for you – a pair of romantic birds cuddle up to each other in South Africa, oblivious to the world around them.

The amorous African lovebirds were photographed as they nestled up to each other at a bird sanctuary.

The loved-up feathered friends were spotted by tourist guide Paul Harding, 56, at the Birds of Eden sanctuary near Plettenburg Bay in Western Cape, South Africa.

Mr Harding, of Cape Town, said: “The birds were sat on a branch cuddling and canoodling – they were definitely the epitome of lovebirds.

“One was lovingly grooming and caressing the other and they seemed oblivious to their surroundings.”

African lovebirds are a species of parrot native to Africa.

Lovebirds mate for life and often spend long periods sitting together.

Mr Harding, who took the pictures in late July this year, said: “The pure joy and pleasure of the birds together is difficult to describe but it caught my eye – their embrace is so close and emotional.

“I do not think the birds could have got any closer and they were completely absorbed by each other. Nothing else seemed important.”

More high resolution pictures are available on request. To discuss rates for using pictures and copy, contact news editor Tom Knight on 07815 004413 or tom@medavia.co.uk.

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