Blue-throated Bee-eater: 4. Flight sequence

posted in: Bee-eaters, Nesting, Nesting-failed | 3

Part 1 on courtship and mating; Part 2 on nest excavation and Part 3 on feeding the chicks have already been posted earlier. The current post on the continuing saga of the Blue-throated Bee-eater (Merops viridis), documented by Jason Cho, shows the flight sequence in slow motion, giving details of the flight action as the bird flies in from its perch to its nest in the ground to deliver food to the chicks.

Note the striking, colourful plumage; the long, fairly broad and pointed wings with a dark band along the trailing edge; and the tail of 12 feathers with the central pair elongated into short streamers.

The image below shows how the bird swoops down in a fast glide to snap up a yellow butterfly in its bill, causing both its wings to snap off.

All images by Jason Cho.

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


3 Responses

  1. Lee Chiu San

    The kudos expressed in the Straits Times article about the BESG website published on July 11 is well deserved.

    This is by far one of the better websites, not only locally and about birds, but as an example of citizen journalism in general.

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    No wonder the BESG website gathers the hits that it does.

    My humble thanks to the founder and all of you working behind the scenes for providing such an informative, educational and entertaining resource.

    Lee Chiu San

  2. Thanks Chiu San. We are fast approaching a million hits. We would not have been successful but for the army of supporters: contributors, photographers, birdwatchers and last but not least, ardent visitors.

  3. Lee Chiu San

    I forgot to add that this website is also very easy to use.

    Today, many commercial organisations use websites to fill the gaps in their customer service requirements.

    If you have had to navigate these mazes, many of which were put together by professional designers who are paid for their work, you will appreciate the straightforward and logical lines upon which the BESG website was built.

    My appreciation once again.

    Lee Chiu San


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