National Geographic : 1956 May
(9) National Ueographic Society 4 "Anybody Home?" Bee Eater Returns to His Nest in a Sandbank On the ground, Merops's legs are barely long enough to separate body from shadow. Gliding on chestnut wings, he is grace itself. Observed with insect in beak, this Camargue specimen whistled to his nest-digging mate and rewarded her with the morsel. Ektachromes by alter E. Higham + Black-winged Stilt Can See Her Image in the Flood-plain Waters Camargue's stilts live in colonies, as bee eaters do, but prefer homes in swamps. Using slender beaks and three-toed feet, they pile up mud-and-rush nests in water often six inches deep. This nesting Himantopus folds long pink legs that gave the bird its name.