137/365 Bee-eater

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.