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Flock of Bee-eaters in Greece

Observed: 19th September 2013 By: PerdikaPerdika’s reputation in BirdsPerdika’s reputation in BirdsPerdika’s reputation in Birds
Bee-eater 13-09-19 (1)
Bee-eater 13-09-19 (2)
Bee-eater 13-09-19 (3)
Description:

This flock of 40-50 birds suddenly appeared at about 5pm, circling up us and the field next to our house - twittering all the time - then settling on wires at the far side of the field, before moving on. I've never seen them before, but identified them from the Collins Bird Guide (2nd edition), and have also just listened to an online recording of the calls. Obviously my photos don't show much detail, but it is just possible to see the long slightly downcurved beak and the yellow throat. When they were flying above us we had a very clear view of the long pointed wings, yellow underneath, and the dark line through the eye.

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pirayaguara's picture

They have bred on the Isle of

They have bred on the Isle of Wight this year so you could of saved yourself a flight ;}

scarpermac's picture

Bee-eater's call

I have vivid memories of Bee-eater calls in the South of France many years ago, a beautiful liquid twittering.

Feel free to look at my ongoing (hopefully improving) collection of pictures on Flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/46256910@N00/

pirayaguara's picture

They are lovely birds and

They are lovely birds and some of the tropical species like carmine bee eater are stunning

You may like the picture of a white throated bee eater on my site

http://500px.com/tucuxii