A beautiful Swallow-tailed Bee-Eater (Merops hirundineus) perched at its nest in the bank in a red sand dune. Its colours and forked tail make this species unmistakable. It is mainly green with a yellow throat, blue collar and black eye stripe and beak. It can reach a length of 20–22 cm (8 - 8.7 in), including the long forked green or blue feathers forming the tail. The sexes are alike.
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Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Kalahari Gemsbok Park, South Africa
Joan Ryder Rathband FRPS FPSSA