Every year, on exactly 22 August up to five thousand Southern Carmine Bee-Eaters, Merops nubicoides, converge to the banks of the mighty Zambezi River in northern Namibia to breed, feed and raise the next generation. Along with them, avid photographers flock to this immense gathering to photograph them throughout their breeding cycle.
Around late September and early October they start breeding and digging their nests, which can be up to one and a half meters deep! During this time, males combat with each other and put on spectacular aerial dogfights for breeding rights and to prove to females that they are most fit to breed and raise her young
These dogfights are few and far between and don’t last all that long so having the correct equipment and setup is of the utmost importance.