Swallow-tailed Bee-eater… and what else??

I’m assuming that the bee-eaters that zoomed around near me on Friday were a mix of adult and  Juvenile birds … The juvies are also at difference stages… well that is my opinion or I’ve found a new specie of bee-eater…

In the first photo, the colouring of the two birds are similar, with the one, I think, still developing into it’s adult colours… what do you think.??

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The nearer to the camera bird has a shorter tail and the yellow under the beak needs to develop further… also the eye is not as red as the others… here’s a photo of the adult…

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BUT then this one came and sat nearby and I became confused….

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I have to surmise it is a youngster even though I watched it flying around catching its own food… (not bees but flying insects)…

These bee-eaters nest as pairs or in very small colonies in sandy banks, or similar flat ground. They make a relatively long tunnel in which the 2 to 4 spherical, white eggs are laid. These birds also feed and roost communally.

I still look forward to the day I capture them when all roosting together and not like these birds, actively hunting….

Swallow-tailed Bee-eater… and what else??

I’m assuming that the bee-eaters that zoomed around near me on Friday were a mix of adult and  Juvenile birds … The juvies are also at difference stages… well that is my opinion or I’ve found a new specie of bee-eater…

In the first photo, the colouring of the two birds are similar, with the one, I think, still developing into it’s adult colours… what do you think.??

DSCF2749

The nearer to the camera bird has a shorter tail and the yellow under the beak needs to develop further… also the eye is not as red as the others… here’s a photo of the adult…

DSCF2733

BUT then this one came and sat nearby and I became confused….

DSCF2712

I have to surmise it is a youngster even though I watched it flying around catching its own food… (not bees but flying insects)…

These bee-eaters nest as pairs or in very small colonies in sandy banks, or similar flat ground. They make a relatively long tunnel in which the 2 to 4 spherical, white eggs are laid. These birds also feed and roost communally.

I still look forward to the day I capture them when all roosting together and not like these birds, actively hunting….

King Fishers, Bee-eaters and Rollers..colourful birds.

There are several different Kingfishers to be found in my country, approx. 10. This one though is the Brown-Hooded Kingfisher.

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Rietvlei 4-05-2012 165The Giant Kingfisher…………….

Rietvlei 4-05-2012 149

The Pied Kingfisher…………………..

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The Lilac-breasted Roller, a bird of beautiful colours. They are normally quite happy to let you photograph them, as this one was.

Mon 25-07-2011 132

Lilac-breasted Roller

Wed 27-07-2011 111

Wed 27-07-2011 110

The Bee-eaters of Southern Africa number approx. 10 different species. Two types below, the Little Bee-eater and the White Fronted Bee-eater.

tue 19-07-2011 205

tue 19-07-2011 199

Thur 21-07-2011 177