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31-JUL-2011

Blue-headed Bee-eater (Merops muelleri)

Kakamega, Kenya

This small bee-eater is a bit of a nightmare to photograph as it usually keeps high up in the canopy.

The Blue-headed Bee-eater is a bit of an enigma. It is found in a small relict population in Kakamega forest in Western Kenya but otherwise its eastern limit is the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is likely that the Congo forest once extended east from the Congo basin through Rwanda/Burundi and Uganda to Kenya. When the equatorial rain forest belt shrunk a small relict population of this bird was left stranded in Western Kenya.

Canon EOS 7D
1/500s f/5.6 at 700.0mm iso1600 full exif

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Peter Ericsson17-Sep-2011 00:34
Great looking Bee-eater, Steve!
lou_rozensteins14-Sep-2011 21:58
Excellent details. Very nice shot.
Sonja Ross14-Sep-2011 11:33
Great details, especially the bee, and interesting information about it.
Guest 14-Sep-2011 04:19
Fantastic shot!Great catured!Our V!
Rick & Josť van der Weijde13-Sep-2011 11:01
Incredible shot Steve of an incredible species.
I would fly back to Kenya only to see and photograph this beauty like you did.
Big compliment!

(And looking forward to see what else you managed to photograph in Kakamega. Sometimes it seems you find all birds willing to pose for you...)

Cheers, Rick
Guest 13-Sep-2011 00:04
Beautiful capture. He looks very angry, perhaps from being stranded in Kenya. BV
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