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Posted by Graeme Guy on Tue Sep 25, 2018 5:53 pm

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Of the 27 species of Bee-eaters in the world we have six of them in our immediate region. Two species nest in the same location...the Chestnut-headed and the Blue-throated. The latter has some rather puzzling behaviour in that it is not a local citizen....it is a migrant that apparently comes from Sumatra...which is on a similar latitude. They are marginally bigger than the endemic Chestnut-headed Bee-eaters. When feeding the chicks in the nest they start off with bees and smaller insects but as the chicks get bigger the prey gets bigger.

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by peter makuch on Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:07 pm
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a perfect one for the catch, for both of you's and timing was at it's best.
 

by Mike in O on Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:19 pm
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That is so cool...wish we had bee eaters, the yellow jackets can be fierce in the autumn.
 

by Gene Gwin on Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:41 pm
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Graeme, Excellent. One of the better photos that I've seen in quite a while.
 

by Ron Day on Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:46 pm
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Great title and superb image, Graeme! Love the degree of fine detail in both the dragonfly and the bird. Congrats.
 

by Paul Rossi on Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:53 pm
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Amazing capture. Good story behind it.
 

by Carol Clarke on Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:02 am
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It can't be easy eating one of these dragonflies, Graeme, I had one that kept landing on my arm in Majorca - it was very harsh and scratchy! What a wonderful image. A beauty!

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by Alan Murphy on Wed Sep 26, 2018 11:15 am
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Fantastic detail and action.
 

by david fletcher on Wed Sep 26, 2018 11:45 am
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wow!. How's that for timing. Congrats
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by Karl Egressy on Wed Sep 26, 2018 3:52 pm
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Wow, amazing action shot with loads of details, Graeme. Congratulations!
 

by Cynthia Crawford on Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:43 am
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Superb-congratulations!
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by SantaFeJoe on Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:28 pm
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A dream image any photographer would treasure! I don’t hang very many of my images taken over 29 years, but this one would hang in a prominent place if it was mine. One great image!

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by Alan Bryant on Fri Sep 28, 2018 2:18 pm
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Fantastic and a well deserved EP

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