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I was on safari for 10 days in the Maasai Mara, but I wasn’t very happy with the pictures I’d taken. The weather had been cloudy and rainy, which hadn’t helped, and we’d only had one decent sunrise to take advantage of the ‘golden hour’ light. However, on my final game drive, we were lucky enough to see a few European bee-eaters flying around. One of them was perched on a dead tree stump, so we stopped the vehicle and tried to take a few pictures as it flew to and from the stump, trying to catch insects. At one point, it caught a fly and tossed it up in the air before catching and swallowing it. It all happened so quickly that I didn’t have time to check my settings, but the shutter speed of 1/640 that I had ‘left over’ from a previous shot turned out to be just fast enough to keep everything sharp. Phew…!
By Nick Dale, entered in aid of the Angama Foundation