European Bee-eater
Merops apiaster
(L 10.6" WS 15")
Eats flying insects esp. bees and
wasps...before eating removes sting
by banging it against a hard surface.
Near Burgas
Bulgaria
01Sep2009
Near Eleshnitsa
Bulgaria
14May2015
Lake Kerkini
Greece
18May2015
The bee-eater darts across the sky in a
gaudy patchwork suit: a chestnut crown,
black robber’s mask, turquoise breast, and
throat feathers the hue of ripening wheat.
Just the outfit for a bird that refuses to
play it safe.
 (Bruce Barcott)