Bee-Eaters-Beautiful and Angry

cinnamon breasted bee-eater (Merops oreobates)

Cinnamon breasted bee-eater (Merops oreobates)

Bee-eaters are simply fascinating. You see them perched on electric wires and lowly braches before making a dash for that hornet, wasp or their favourite-bees. A chase, a few swirls, beak open and the poor insect is right where they want them-in the beak. Back to the wire or branch and they perform a ritual that may seem weird at first but serves a most important function. They hit the insect repeatedly on the wire or tree to remove the sting before gobbling them up. Wise birds these ones, and beautiful too. Well, that’s unless you are the bee then you will find them quite menacing (remember that scene from Journey to the mysterious Island). I took couple of shots of them beauties while down at the Old man’s Farm in Trans Nzoia County, Kenya.

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Europoean bee-eater (Merops Apiaster)

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