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Carmine Bee eaters form huge colonies usually on a river bank wall but in this part of Botswana there aren't any so they nest in the sand. This first series shows some individuals and small groupings.
Hope you enjoy.
Eric

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Nov 09, 2012 at 05:43 AM
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A lovely set of images, Eric. So different from the rainbow bee eaters that we get where I live. I can hardly believe the numbers you've shown. I've only seen them in ones and twos.
Lindsay



Nov 09, 2012 at 07:00 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Carmine Bee Eater Bonanza(15)


A beauty of a bird Eric, and is such numbers is a treat. You did well with your shots too. 10 and 12 stand out for me ~ Ron


Nov 09, 2012 at 11:59 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Carmine Bee Eater Bonanza(15)


What a great looking colony of birds. #10 & 13/14 are my faves. Nice work Eric.


Nov 09, 2012 at 01:29 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Carmine Bee Eater Bonanza(15)


These are great to see -- nice shots of a very pretty bird.
Mark



Nov 09, 2012 at 02:52 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Carmine Bee Eater Bonanza(15)


Wow what a neat bird Eric, I love this set. #5 and #10 are my picks. Do you think that is the first time a bird has perched there.

Rob



Nov 09, 2012 at 03:07 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Carmine Bee Eater Bonanza(15)


Super set CT!!! Oh wait it's Eric Wow what a colorful scene! These guys look like they could be a lot of fun to watch and photograph. 4 & 10 would my picks. 10 would be more so if that guy didn't paint the perch so thoroughly! Great set Eric!

Tim



Nov 09, 2012 at 03:11 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Carmine Bee Eater Bonanza(15)


Great Set Eric. Lots of munching going on! (Jerry Lee Lewis)
Saba



Nov 09, 2012 at 03:23 PM
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Haven't seen so many Bee eaters in a single frame before.Nice captures Eric.
Sanjeev



Nov 09, 2012 at 03:43 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Carmine Bee Eater Bonanza(15)


very nice Eric .. love these awesome little birds


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Spectacular photos of spectacular birds! I know how difficult it is to capture these speedy birds in flight and get them with insects. We saw a similar nesting area in the Linyanti last year, and while I was able to get groups of them taking off and landing together at dusk, I never got the portraits you did. Could I ask what lens you were using?


Nov 09, 2012 at 05:12 PM
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AMAZING!!!!

great subjects and super photos!

Lucky




Nov 09, 2012 at 05:17 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Carmine Bee Eater Bonanza(15)


Holy Carnine-O-Rama, that's not fair, I've never even seen one over there. Cool find and images to say the least!

Jim



Nov 09, 2012 at 05:27 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Carmine Bee Eater Bonanza(15)


Very Colorful Set/Birds!

My favorite is #10!



Nov 09, 2012 at 05:33 PM
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Some superb images of a gorgeous family of birds - all bee-eaters are spectacular. Impossible to pick a winner there are so many I like.

I've never seen a bee-eater under 50 feet up on wires or in flight !



Nov 09, 2012 at 05:48 PM
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Crazy good portraits and the prey a bonus Eric
The group shots are really fantastic and you stopped the action perfectly buddy!

3,4,5 and 6 are excellent

Tom



Nov 09, 2012 at 09:05 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Carmine Bee Eater Bonanza(15)


Eric, the closer shots with the bugs are awesome
The group shots are cool too

-Tim



Nov 09, 2012 at 09:53 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Carmine Bee Eater Bonanza(15)


Podargus01 wrote:
A lovely set of images, Eric. So different from the rainbow bee eaters that we get where I live. I can hardly believe the numbers you've shown. I've only seen them in ones and twos.
Lindsay

Believe me Lindsay, I hadn't seen so many close up either. This is the breeding season and these colonies are not terribly uncommon...what is in this case is that its on the ground in sand rather than on the side of a hill/cliff/bank.
Eric



Nov 09, 2012 at 11:01 PM
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surfnron wrote:
A beauty of a bird Eric, and is such numbers is a treat. You did well with your shots too. 10 and 12 stand out for me ~ Ron

Thanks Ron, I'm sure you understand that it was really difficult to know where to shoot as there were so many. I had a plan but that went out the window pretty quickly and I just shot when things got interesting.
Eric



Nov 09, 2012 at 11:02 PM
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KCollett wrote:
What a great looking colony of birds. #10 & 13/14 are my faves. Nice work Eric.

Thanks Ken...the color is spectacular but distracting at the same time. Trying to pick out a single bird was almost impossible...I guess that's the point when it comes to predators.
Eric



Nov 09, 2012 at 11:04 PM
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