A long but worthwhile drive out to Norfolk to see the Bee-eaters which had returned after their successful breeding attempt last year. It appears that they had an unsuccessful attempt this time as the nest was predated, however three birds remain and they could make a second attempt. I managed one shot of a bird on the ground but mostly they favoured sitting on the wires.
Last year they seemed to be catching Butterflies and Dragonflies, but this year they actually caught Bees, taking them back to the wires to eat.
Catching them hunting was tricky but fun and here are a couple of shots of them in action.
Fantastic birds to both see and hear!
A great start to the trip and after all that action it was off to Cromer for fish & chips!
A team of crack birders!
Next stop was the Swanton Novers Raptor Viewpoint to look for the reported female Honey Buzzard. Sadly we only saw Common Buzzard.
Careful scanning added Sparrowhawk and a super male Goshawk. There were lots of smaller birds including Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, Skylark, Yellowhammer and some confiding Linnets.
A great end to a marvellous day.