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Southern Carmine Bee-eater

This beautiful Southern Carmine Bee-eater was the momentary occupant of a branch near a mixed colony of Carmine and White Fronted Bee-eaters in the Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia. The bee-eaters nest in burrows excavated into cliffs along the edge of the Zambezi River. Every moment or two a new parent would land on the same branch, wait a moment for a break in traffic, and take off with dinner for the hungry chicks.

I took the image with a Canon 7D Mark II with a Canon EF 200-400 mm f/4 L IS USM teleconverter lens, handheld. The exposure settings were 1/1250 sec, f/5.6, 560 mm, 100 ISO, hand held.

Canon 7D Mark II
560 mm · f/5.6 · 1/1250 sec · ISO 100
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