“A wonderful moment yesterday, about twenty minutes before sunset not far from my house on Ko Samui.
“I noticed a number of on some trees around a small lake that I was checking out, and started to photograph, the last rays of the sun hitting the birds on a couple of the trees (above – spot the Indian Roller in the image.). Suddenly, the bee-eaters all took flight almost simultaneously, were joined by others from all around the lake, and flew over my head, off to wherever they roost at night.
“It all happened too fast for me to think of trying to do a count, but there must have been at least 200 of them. I have read that thousands have been seen roosting together in parts of the peninsula, but this was the largest number by far that I have yet seen.
“The sight really made my day, even if my camera was wrongly set up to capture any decent flight shots!”
Ko Samui, Thailand
8th December 2011