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These lovely, colourful, loud, fast, birds have been teasing me for a couple of years now. Our house is on one of their regular flight paths, but to try and capture them in a photo is really hard as they dart about really fast catching bees and insects and are always just beyond the range of my camera lens. Today's encounter resulted in 54 photos to achieve the following 5 semi decent shots. Ok they are not brilliant, but I was pleased to capture the different flight shapes.
These first three photos show an adult bird, identified by the point on its tail.
Where as the juvenile shown in this photo does not have the pointed tail.
You will often see Barn Swallows flying around with the Bee-eaters as you can see in this next photo, the Barn Swallow can be identified in flight by the black swept back wings and black tail against the light body.