A flock of Blue-tailed Bee-eaters

posted in: Bee-eaters, Roosting | 2

“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!”

Howard Banwell
Ko Samui, Thailand
8th December 2011

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2 Responses

  1. Tou Jing Yi

    I had saw more than 400 bee-eaters in Kampar, Perak, Malaysia, mostly of Blue-throated Bee-eater with a few Chestnut-headed Bee-eaters, recently another group showed up again, this time did not congregate in the skies, probably also 200+, again mixed flock of Blue-throated and Chestnut-headed Bee-eaters.

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  2. I love quizzes, but I’m not sure I see the Indian Roller – it’s larger right? Is it in the lower left corner? (on the edge?) Thanks for sharing the experience

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