The European Bee-eaters migrate away from Europe during the winter months and fly south as far away as South Africa. I am told that they make the migration to South Africa non-stop - a fantastic feat indeed!
My acquaintance with them was whenever we visited the Lowveld in the Eastern Transvaal (Mpumulanga). Swarms of them, in the breeding season, would inhabit the banks of the rivers and breed in holes (tunnels) they have burrowed. Often they would cling onto the sides of the embankment and produces a wonderful show of brilliant colour.
In swift flight these colours would flash in the sunlight. Normally the insects would be caught in flight. Once on the branch or twig the insect would be thrown into the air and caught and swallowed whole.
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