Let's Talk Bee-eaters

They are the fighter pilots of the bird world. Strong and agile. Bold and beautiful. They eat on the wing, catching flying insects with great acrobatic skill. And yes, they will occasionally eat bees.

Most of the Bee-eater family are migrants. Their nesting and feeding areas may differ considerably.

The European Bee-eater travels just about the length of Africa to spend some time on our Southern shores. This is one species that our guests form Spain and France may recognise as well.

The Blue-cheeked Bee-eater and White-fronted Bee-eaters may not migrate that far; only into the central parts of Africa, but their beautiful colours are missed in the South African winter.

The Carmine Bee-eater is a master of long distance traveling. These striking birds breed in Angola and Mozambique, then travel all the way to South Africa, Botswana and Namibia for the summer and in winter you will find them in the Tropics; Congo and Tanzania, where they will stay until the season changes again.

The Little Bee-eater and Swallow-tailed Bee-eater makes up for the absence of the other species in their bright colours against the drab brown of the winter bush. Sometimes seen huddled together against the winter chill, they tend to be more approachable this time of the year making good photographs just that little bit easier.

With all six of the above mentioned Bee-eater species periodically visiting Kaingo Game Reserve, it is worthwhile to visit in more than one season. You may just get that one-in-a-million Bee-eater photograph you were waiting for!

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