Fantastic Carmine Bee-eaters’ Colony

When we first posted about the Carmine Bee-eaters’ colony at the end of August, we never imagined that this colony would grow to the extent that it has. With dimensions of over one hundred and ten metres in length and accommodating more than 10 nests per metre squared, this makes for fantastic viewing.

A visit to our hide close to Kaingo Camp, is an audio-visual attack on your senses! The hide floats in mid-stream and Hippos near by wheeze-honk their protests as you glide towards it in a canoe. Then, a visual feast of reds and blues flitting elegantly back and forth fills your view and a cacophony of calls drowns out all other sound.



The machine-gun chattering of cameras soon blends with the continuous flow of chopped bird-calls, as lenses sweep back-and-forth capturing the action.


The birds are still in the process of digging, laying and incubating, with many birds taking turns with their mates to hang at the entrance and squabble with their neighbours. The White-fronted Bee-eaters have been overwhelmed and now occupy less sought after spots on the fringes, while the Brown-throated Martins have persevered on the wall and the Wire-tailed Swallows maintain their nest in the hide.

Below is a short video of the sights and sounds of Shenton Safaris’ Carmine Bee-eater hide:



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