Jewels Of The Sky - Bird Watching


Southern Carmine Bee Eaters Merops nubicus
Photo Credit: Julie A M Edwards

I live in the African bush and these Southern Carmine Bee-eaters are regular annual visitors. They are Intra African migrants and their nest sites are excavated straight burrows into a sandy bank, returning annually to the same site each year. They live in enormous colonies anything from “100 to 1000 pairs” . I actually had the privilege of observing a colony over a period of 17 years.  There are some 19 species of bee- eaters on the continent of Africa.

Organisantions such as Birdlife International and local conservation groups are working hard to help protect birds and their habitats.

Africa has some 2100 species in Sub Saharan Africa.

(Reference: Chamberlains’Birds Of Africa South of the Sahara; The Complete Book of Birds – Struik Winchester)



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