Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Ethiopia

Blue-breasted Bee-eaters, Ethiopia

One of my favourite Australian birds would have to be the Rainbow Bee-eater (click here for a photo). They are regular spring and summer visitors to our garden and even occasionally breed on our 5 acre block of land. When I visited Nepal a few years ago I had a brief glimpse of the Blue-bearded Bee-eater and the Green Bee-eater while visiting Chitwan National Park in the southern part of the country.

Before travelling to Africa late last year I knew that several species of bee-eaters could be seen there, so I hoped that I would get good views of at least one species. I was rewarded with not only a good sighting but several photos as well. The Blue-breasted Bee-eater shown in today’s photos is every part as spectacular as the other species I had already seen. The two birds sat obligingly on a branch in full view and in full sunlight until I had some shots. They then continued on hawking for insects.

These birds were seen at the locality known as Portuguese Bridge, about 110km north of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.

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Blue-breasted Bee-eaters, Ethiopia

Blue-breasted Bee-eaters, Ethiopia


3 Responses to “Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Ethiopia”

  1. Wendy says:

    SUCH a pretty bird…

  2. Louise says:

    What an astonishing sight they must have been. The colours are so beautiful.

  3. Judi says:

    These birds are just beautiful! Fantastic Photos.

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