Bee eater male (left) offers a dragonfly to his mate.

This ceremony is part of the behavior called “courtship feeding”, when male feeds the female hoping to get mating opportunity.

Female bee eaters are not digging the nesting hole and rarely hunt during a certain period. Male does the hard job, but it is rational: females need to produce 5-7 eggs within a short time. Moreover, female is counting! It depends on regions how much, but where I was shooting, male had to produce 8-10 gifts for each mating…

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