It is just three weeks since an adult BLUE-CHEEKED BEE-EATER was photographed at Needs Ore Point in Hampshire. This bird at the time was a fairly straight forward bird in typical plumage, with rich green upperparts.
The fabulous selection of photographs obtained by Tony Morris of the Kent bird present for just under four hours yesterday clearly show an extremely bleached bird, with turquoise-blue rather than rich green upperparts. This is fairly typical of a Blue-cheeked Bee-eater living in Turkey or Iran - the feathers becoming extremely bleached by wear and bright hot sunshine. This would indicate that this is a new arrival rather than a relocating bird previously wandering the South Coast of Britain.