Bee Eaters at a Distance


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On our journey to the Peak District, we stopped off in the hope of catching a glimpse of the bee eaters nesting at East Leake Quarry. We'd never seen these colourful birds before so were quite excited to say the least. After parking in the designated area we followed the path until we came to an equally excited group of onlookers. Apparently they had been showing well ten minutes previously but not anymore.

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Eagerly, we kept watching until the unmistakeable form and colouration of several bee eaters descended into the trees opposite us. We then spent a pleasant hour or so watching up to four of them agilely flying around catching bees. Superb!

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