Watching Their Backs

Perched to the left of its eight peers, one little bee-eater seems to be keeping a lookout in the opposite direction

12-01-2007 // Martin Harvey
Watching Their Backs magazine layout - bee eaters

Perched to the left of its eight peers, one little bee-eater seems to be keeping a lookout in the opposite direction. South African photographer Martin Harvey came upon the birds at nighttime while traveling in a small boat along a river in Botswana's Okavango Delta. "We approached the reeds very slowly to avoid making any noise so we could get close to the birds without disturbing them," he says. Little bee-eaters often huddle together after sundown for warmth.

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