To the left of our apartment in Phuket, Thailand is lush, tropical rainforest. This fellow and his/her mate (the sexes have the same plumage) spend the middle of the day enjoying the sun and catching bees and butterflies on the wing, then returning to munch them while sitting in the branches of a tree. From my balcony I get a grandstand view of the activities.
I’m still trying to get a closer shot, but for now, this is the best of the bunch.
This is what Mr Wiki has to say about the bird:
‘The Chestnut-headed Bee-eater, Merops leschenaulti is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. It is a resident breeder in southern Asia from India east to southeast Asia and Indonesia.
This species, like other bee-eaters, is a richly coloured, slender bird. It is predominantly green, with blue on the rump and lower belly. Its face and throat are yellow with a black eye stripe, and the crown and nape are rich chestnut. The thin curved bill is black. Sexes are alike, but young birds are duller.
This species is 18–20 cm long; it lacks the two elongated central tail feathers possessed by most of its relatives.’
Canon 40D with Canon 70-200 IS f4 lens at 200mm with Canon 1.4x extender; ISO 400 f9 1/80
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