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Blue cheeked bee-eater.

The story:

 

We were coming back from our “secret heaven of birds” after meeting the Little bee-eaters and a Cuckoo, when we saw a male Blue cheeked bee-eater perched in a branch, near the road that take us to the village. We stopped the jeep and put it in a good position to take advantage of light of the lovely sunset where everything look golden.

 

The bee-eaters often come back to the same branch after they go for "hunting", so he flew three or four times and the last time came back to the same branch as expected, with an insect in his beak. When he had finished the meal, a female arrived and the male started a big “argument”, we could hear it!!!

 

In the middle of the discussion, they stopped and turn their backs. We said to ourselves, ok it is finished!!!!!, but we where wrong!

 

The female turned back to him and started again. They move furiously, dropped from their perch, spread their wings flying graciously or... perhaps romantically... and meet in the air touching their beaks!!! All the process took about two minutes.

 

Who can resist to look at these beauties? This was until now the most fantastic experience of birding in the wild!!!!

 

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Taken on February 25, 2011