Im my opinion, next to Kingfisher, the Bee-eater has got to be the most colourful bird in Europe. They are absolutely stunning and the noise they make is superb. It was around 35c whilst I was taking these images and as a result this bird is panting. They breathing very quickly to pass cooler air through the lungs to cool them down.
Bee-eater, Merops apiaster, Pusztaszer, Hungary, June, 2012.
Canon 1d MKIV with Canon 300mm f/2.8 L IS II and Canon 1.4x III teleconverter.