Thursday, October 23, 2014

Bee-eaters beat them hard

A Blue-throated Bee-eater soaring high to snatch a bee in mid air, while others take moments of rest.
Location : Licuala Hill, Zone I
 It was a morning of bee-eaters.  A small group of them were seen perching at one of the tallest trees at Licuala Hill.  From this commanding perch they make short flights and return with bees in their beak.  They took brief moments of rest before going for another killer hunt.  At a nearby tree a Cuckoo shrike was also actively involved in hawking the bees.  Like the bee-eaters the solo Cuckoo shrike dived in mid air and then swiftly returned for safe landing on  the perch only to batter its prey.  After about 30 minutes of air show the small flock of bee-eaters flew away towards a southerly direction.
View of park from Licuala Hill, looking south
Blue-throated Bee-eater with prized catch of the morning

A Cuckoo-shrike morning breakfast of bees
Location : Licuala Hill, Zone I

Eugenia oleina trees are beginning to flower at the park..view from Licuala Hill

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