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European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)
European Bee-eater European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)

Family: bee-eaters (Meropidae)


European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)
May-July, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Agnes Kiss
European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)Copyright © Bence Mate
European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)Copyright © Bence Mate
European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)Copyright © Markus Varesvuo
European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)Copyright © Markus Varesvuo
European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)Copyright © Markus Varesvuo
European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)
May-July, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Agnes Kiss


European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)Copyright © Jari Peltomaki
European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)Copyright © Erlend Haarberg
European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)Copyright © Daroczi Csaba


We have photographed this species from the following 2 hide(s). In the hide's species list, you can see how frequently and when you can photograph this species.
Tower Bence's Farm, Pusztaszer, Hungary Book now
The Tower in the backyard of the farm-house gives an excellent opportunity to photograph rare bird species such as Cuckoo, Golden Oriole, Kestrel and Roller. Details >>
Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Agnes Kiss
Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)Copyright © Agnes Kiss
Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)Copyright © Agnes Kiss
Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)Copyright © Agnes Kiss
Species list (12) >>

Tower - Details


The tower is located where the steppe, forest and water habitat cross each other. It is surrounded by some Locust trees, and the birds often rest on the top of them. Since 2007, a pair of kestrels have been nesting in one of the nest boxes which where put out around the Tower, as well as 6-8 pairs of starlings. From mid-April the kestrels stay around the backyard of the farmhouse, thus their everyday life can be photographed at close range. The Tower belongs to the territory of some Rollers, they can often be seen on the top of the branches in front of the hide, also Cuckoos, Golden Orioles and 2-4 pairs of Bee-eaters, which nest in the backyard of the farmhouse. The main photography direction is south, the birds can be photographed at dawn in side-light, than back-light and front-light in the afternoon.

Technical data of the hide:

Year of building: 2006
Number of birds photographed from the hide: 10
Number of birds observed from the hide: 146
Floor space: 180x360 cm
Height of top of Tower: 11,5 m
Height of bottom of Tower: 9,2 m
Internal height: 230 m
Material: wood
Distance between hide and branch: 2-20 m
Recommended focal lenght: >400 mm
Photography direction: 3 directions
Orientation: according to North 45, 135, 305
Angle of sight: 340
Photography angle: 270
Photography surface via: one-way glass, loosing 1 1/3 aperture
Size of glass: 4 pieces of 100x160 cm
Inside temperature: 10-30C, in case of sunshine it can be 30 after 10 AM
Clothing: dark upper clothes
Room Availability: 4 pax
Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)
April-June, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Agnes Kiss
Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)
April-May, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)
May-June, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)
May-July, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Agnes Kiss
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
April-July, Rare
Copyright © Bence Mate
Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus)
May-June, Daily
Copyright © Bence Mate
Magpie (Pica pica)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Agnes Kiss
Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
April-July, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
April-July, Weekly
Copyright © Agnes Kiss
Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Agnes Kiss
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calandra)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
European Bee-eater mobile-hide Bence's Farm, Pusztaszer, Hungary Book now
The most colourful European bird, the European Bee-eater can easily be photographed from our mobile hides. Since 2006, 2-4 pairs of these birds nest around the farm. Details >>
European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)Copyright © Bence Mate
European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)Copyright © Bence Mate
European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)Copyright © Bence Mate
European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)Copyright © Markus Varesvuo
European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)Copyright © Markus Varesvuo
European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)Copyright © Markus Varesvuo
Species list (2) >>

European Bee-eater mobile-hide - Details


The European Bee-eaters arrive between the 10th and 15th of May to our garden. As soon as they get here, they start occupying the sandholes and dig their nest till the beginning of June. Meanwhile,they keep mating until the last egg is layed. The birds spend an enormous time in front of the hole on the placed branche. The male continuously out for hunting and offers food to the female,such as bees,wasps,butterflies and dragonflies. The distance between the hide and perch can freely be adjusted. At the beginning of June the female starts laying the eggs, one by one every 1-2-and 3 days (altogether 6-7)and starts sitting on them before it is completed, accordingly the babies differ in growth and fly out at other times. The incubation time is 20-22 days, during this time they sit only once in a while on the branches. The youngs are fully fledged around the 20th of July. Both parents participates in feeding the babies.

Technical data of hide:

Year of building: 2006
Number of photographed birds from the hide: 3
Floorspace(?): 150x150 cm
Height: 120-150 cm
Material: waterproof canvas
Recommended focal lenght: all
Orientation of photography: all
Orientation of hide: according to North 85
Angle of sight: 360
Photography angle: 360
Photography surface: none
Inside temperature: 20-35C
Clothing: any
Room Availability: 4 pax

European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)
May-July, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Agnes Kiss
Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)
May-July, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate