This is one video you have to see to believe: https://youtu.be/5oKHxMItKcU Not only do I show you how I processed this image (plus 2 others) but believe me when I say it started as a tiny fraction of the frame and is now nearly a 60MB file! It's awesome new software from Topaz.
African Bee Eater, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Savute, Botswana, Africa.
Bee-eaters have one of the most complex social systems of any bird species. Many species (but not all) are monogamous, cooperative breeders living in large colonies of over 100 birds, but can reach 200 birds if conditions are favorable.
Each bird lives in an extended family with members of four overlapping generations. They appear to recognize parents, siblings, offspring, friends, and nesting neighbors, likely from voice recognition. This cooperative behavior vastly improves survivorship of chicks. Females leave their natal group to join her mate’s family.
The African Bee Eater smashes it prey against a wall to break its stinger, extracts the venom and then eats it -- sono fissato su questo uccellino che ammazza la sua prede -- poi la mangia #africanbeeeater#littlebirds#beeeater
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