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.

See last week's photo: Tufa Sunset
 

Related PhotoZone Resources
Join NWF and receive a subscription to National Wildlife Magazine!
    Flickr Icon           Facebook Icon           Twitter Icon           YouTube Icon   
People's Choice Award
sunflower with shades by Hira Punjabi

Judges pick the prize winners but you pick the People's Choice Award winner in this year's National Wildlife Photo Contest!

Vote for your favorite photos >>

Connecting...
Certify your yard today!