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Maxim's 5:3 Male

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Jess Shillaw


Jess was born in Kwazulu/Natal but grew up in Cape Town. Having an innate love for all things wild but getting to spend little time in the bush while growing up, she headed straight for the Lowveld after school. She completed a guiding ...

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on A Sunset With The White-fronted Bee-eaters: Where Do They Go As The Sun Sets?

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Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

What a wonderful experience, Jess. I would love to do this and watch all these beautiful birds.
Once I was able to watch Carmine bee-eaters on a similar riverbank in Zambia at similar nest sights.
I often wonder how the couples find their exact hole among this multitude of holes.

Sandra Scott
Senior Digital Ranger

Bee-eaters are such lovely colored birds. I so enjoyed watching them. Have many pictures.

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Thank you Jess for your insights into the lives of the bee eaters. Sunset would seem like the perfect time to enjoy viewing the wildlife around the sand river.

Chelsea Allard
Master Tracker

This sounds like a lovely spot to watch the birds return to roost. I would enjoy spending time here at sunset for sure.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Jess, this sounds like the perfect sunset with dozens of birds filling the sky. I think it might just become the place to go for a sunset view for future guests during the breeding months. What a thrilling experience!

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Jess that is a magnificent way of spending you afternoon watching these beautiful Bee-eaters flying around and making their holes in the wall. There are so many holes, it is mind boggling how they know which hole is their nest. Stunning colours these birds display. We’re you not deterred knowing the Maxims male leopard is nearby, he is such a huge leopard and absolutely gorgeous.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Master Tracker

What a wonderful way to spend the end of the day – and a great blog too! I could feel the excitement and just about hear the Maxim’s male. Thanks, Jess!

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

So cool Jess!!

Paul Buchanan
Senior Digital Ranger

The Bee-eaters are such beautiful birds! These are especially colorful and have a very different nesting habit from many other Bee-eaters. I’ve seen other colonies in other parts of the area.

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