Thursday 24 May 2018

Birds in Hungary Day 4. Evening light in the Bee-eater colony. 16th May 2018.

After a morning in the tower hide and afternoon in the woodland hide it was good to be out on the open grasslands, albeit in another hide, but this time a "pop-up" version in glorious sunshine.

The bee-eaters had yet to finish their burrows or lay any eggs so were just posing for photographers and doing a bit of flirting and courting in the evening light.

It was very hot and the birds started to pant, before a moment when they all disappeared, probably to roost as their nests weren't active yet.

A few minutes later a Goshawk flew out of the nearby copse and along the field edge so really not sure if that was the reason for their early departure or if it had just got too hot.