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Northern Carmine Bee-eater

Scientific name: Merops nubicus
Order: Coraciiformes
Family: Meropidae

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The Northern Carmine Bee-eater is found throughout Northern subsaharan Africa. Their diet is made up primarily of bees and other flying insects, such as grasshoppers and locusts. The main hunting strategy of bee-eater is to keep watch for flying insects from a perch, and then snatch them out of the air using their beaks, before returning to the perch.

Canon EOS 10D ,Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
1/80s f/5.6 at 400mm (EF 70-200mm + EF 2.0x TC) ISO 400 with Flash full exif

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Doug J08-Nov-2008 23:54
Guest - Good call on the species, thanks.
Guest 08-Nov-2008 16:00
Great photograph BUT this is a NORTHERN Carmine Bee-eater, not a Southern. The throat of the Southern is pink, not blue.
Donna 14-Mar-2008 01:03
You are an exquite photographer of exquiste birds!