Once back at the car I decided to try another look on the wires along the lane and when I'd driven about a mile I saw not one but two Bee-eaters fly from the wires out over the fields. I was watching them when Phil arrived and just as I was telling him there were now two a third appeared, then a fourth and a fifth! Amazing stuff! FIVE Bee-eaters! They disappeared again only reappear further down the lane, where they gave some excellent views briefly, before circling high and vanishing back over the golf course. Unfortunately this time they weren't seen again, which was a shame as several birders had arrived from other parts of Devon and just missed them.
I've learned three lessons today
1) Always carry my glasses
2) Put some local birders on speed dial!
3) Dreams DO sometimes come true!
This was my original record shot.
Surprised it came out at all I was shaking a bit!
This is when it was perched up for twenty minutes on the golf course.
Four out of five.
Yes they are in this photo.
Small Tortoiseshell bites the dust!
European Bee-eater over Axe Cliffs.