Carlos loves the colour and songs of bee-eaters. They remind him of long summer holidays spent here at his grandmother’s village, where he visits a colony of them. Noticing these birds returning repeatedly to the same perch, Carlos captured this serendipitous shot of two birds with bees in their beaks. Bee-eaters have a clever but violent method of dealing with their stinging prey. They strike its head against a branch to kill it before rubbing the insect’s abdomen along the bark, causing it to discharge its toxins. The adults here could be catching food to deliver to their young, nestled in sandbank burrows nearby.
Nikon D7100 + 200-400mm f4lens + 1.4x extender at 550mm; 1/1250 sec at f5.6; ISO 500 Tripod Hide.
Castrojeriz, Burgos, Spain
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Carlos Perez Naval, Spain
Carlos has been taking photographs since he was five. He has won prizes in several international competitions and was named Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2014. He loves nature and spends as much time as possible photographing the plants and animals near his home in Spain and on holiday.