White-fronted Bee-eater Merops bullockoides
This is a species of bee-eater widely distributed in sub-equatorial Africa. They have a distinctive white forehead, a square tail and a bright red patch on their throat. They nest in small colonies, digging holes in cliffs or earthen banks but can usually be seen in low trees waiting for passing insects from which they hunt either by making quick hawking flights or gliding down before hovering briefly to catch insects.
The background to this image is the bank of the river where the nesting holes of this colony were situated. The colony were hunting insects.
This image was captured on the Chobe River, near Kasane, northern Botswana, Southern Africa.