Special Mention | Animal Behaviour


Shantanu Ambulgeka

Special Mention | Animal Behaviour

Dandeli, Karnataka

Who Let The Bees Out!

Looks like an image of a bird fleeing the scene after being attacked by bees? Look closer! The photographer observed a Blue-bearded Bee-eater making trips to a beehive under a bridge and carrying the catch back to its perch nearby. Suddenly, a swarm of bees launched an attack on the bird—a masterstroke by the bee-eater. Blue-bearded Bee-eaters provoke the release of bees from a hive on purpose so that they can feed on the insects mid-air.