It was at that time that I first noticed bee eaters though I had lived in the area for 7 years. I now know when they're around by their calls, even if I don't see them.
After dozens of bee-eater photos I've taken for the past three years, I've had the luck to stumble upon an opportunity not many get.This trio truly depicts the elusive and exciting mating season, with its exuberance of colour and form.
By the time I switched lens my bird had flown. Still, it's possible to see the brown head, indicating a European bee-eater in these parts.
The European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. It breeds in southern Europe and in parts of north Africa and western Asia. It is strongly migratory, wintering in tropical Africa, India and Sri Lanka. This species occurs as a spring overshoot north of its range, with occasional breeding in northwest Europe.