Bee-eater catching fish in lake?

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Lee Tiah Khee managed to photograph a Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus) diving into the water of the Symphony Lake at the Singapore Botanic Gardens on 18th August 2008.

He spent time observing the birds and noticed that the birds flew to a perch in a nearby tree immediately after the dive. There, they bashed their catch against the branch before swallowing. What exactly they caught, Tiah Khee was not able to say. His guess is that they may be some insects. Maybe next time he would be able to provide photographic evidence.

We posted two earlier accounts of the Blue-tailed Bee-eater diving in the Symphony Lake. In one, we suspected that the bird was fishing. The second post showed proof that it was taking a dip. Now, we have proof that the bee-eater caught something, a fish probably, from the water.

This post is a cooperative effort between and BESG to bring the study of bird behaviour through photography to a wider audience.

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