Click to enlarge - Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa.

 
 

Jewel of the Desert...

The golden morning poured over the Auob river valley and amongst the rusty branches of a dying camelthorn a group of bee-eaters were feeding.

Their flickering wings and fanned tails flashed everywhere at once; now still and then, seemingly without any effort, flying; up into that perfect blue sky.

I found it nearly impossible to catch them in flight, so instead, I waited for one to land - almost invariably with a striped bee, plump, succulent and tasty.

 

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