Friday, January 28, 2011

The Selous Tease

Birds are the biggest teases in the Selous.  Well, probably the biggest teases on the safari circuit.  They are often tantalizingly beautiful, appear everywhere but don't like to sit still, and almost always leave you wanting just a bit more. 

Among the most beautiful here at Kiba is the Northern Carmine Bee-eater, an African migrant that shows up in the Selous from November till June.  We have been seeing them for a couple of months but while I was on vacation, they seem to have taken over the Selous.  This morning one swooped down to "hawk" a bee just meters in front of me, and this evening I saw dozens on a game drive.  But only one cooperated enough to allow a few decent photos.

A Carmine Bee-eater doing his sinister impression of a nose-scratching superhero, Robin

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