The Green Bee-eater (Merops orientalis) is a widespread resident across sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal in the west to Ethiopia in the east. It also occurs along the Nile Valley and from Arabia east until Vietnam. I have photographed these colourful birds in Kachchh, western India, near the ancient ruins of the Indus civilization called Dholavira in January 2014.
Bee-eaters spend most of their time perching on fences or branches interrupted by short sweeps to catch insects. Other activites include bathing – mainly in sand, less so in water. They breed in burrows within mud banks which can reach a depth of up to 2 m. Fortunately for humans, they are pretty tame and do not flee easily or avoid areas inhabited by humans. Therefore, they can be readily observed, however, for photographers they are sometimes a little too skittish – flying here and there. Anyways, I hope you enjoy the photographs!