Photo of the Week: Close Company

02-17-2014 // NWF Staff

Bee Eaters

The little bee-eater is an abundant bird throughout much of Sub-Saharan Africa. Bee-eaters hunt from low perches and predominantly eat insects, especially bees, wasps and hornets, catching these prey midair and removing their stingers before ingesting them by repeatedly hitting the insects on a hard surface. Bee-eaters tend to roost communally, lined up closely on branches. Photographer John Montfort writes about catching this brief moment, as he watched these bee-eaters perch one by one so close on a twig they could hardly balance. The Hawaii resident used a Nikon D600 and a 300mm lens.

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