“There was a light drizzle around my area this afternoon. Bee-eaters frequent my place at this time of year and I found two of them very funnily ‘frozen’ on an aerial attenaa, with tail feathers and wings spread out. Was wondering if they were taking in the drizzle?” wrote Meibao on 10th February 2010.
Were the Blue-tailed Bee-eaters (Merops philippinus) enjoying the drizzle? Most probably they were simply sunning themselves during the slight drizzle. These birds are fond of spreading their wings and tail feathers to expose them to the sun as a form of feather maintenance.