Green Bee Eater . Merops orientalis
These chestnut headed bee eaters were busy whispering amongst themselves . See how the male has cocked his head so as to pay more attention to the lady.
The tree has shed all its leaves in this dry deciduous forest .
A Safari Jeep and the driver are captured in the frame repeatedly showing how close they were to these birds.
But the birds pay scant attention to them and are busy whispering amongst themeselve on this relatively low perch.
The green bee eaters feed primarily on insects as you could probably guess from their name.
They have a tell-tale flight patterns and a unique way of spreading their wings like little fans.
It is hard to tell the male from the female in this species as their plummage is virtually identical .
However when perched together the larger male is clearly discernible.