Little Bee Eater

Yellow Ball of Fluff

After I finished my previous bird, the European Bee Eater by Robert Kreinz, he teasingly sent me another one and I had to say yes! I was so giddy with the thought of doing a cute, fluffy, yellow bird!

I chose this image to illustrate because I have a very soft spot for brightly coloured feathers, gained a bit more confidence creating branch-work, and was willing to attempt peek-a-boo bird feet. As beautiful as birds are, I’m generally not quite sure what to think when it comes to their feet, but these feet were tiny so I gave them a go.

About Little Bee Eaters

They get their name from being little! Ranging between 15-17 cm in length, they are the smallest bee eaters in Africa. And like the other bee eaters, their diet consists of mostly bees, wasps, hornets, and other insects by catching them mid-flight. They remove the stingers by repeatedly hitting the insects on a hard surface until it falls off.

Little bee eaters live in sub-Sahara Africa and currently have a large but decreasing population. Although their population is decreasing, Bird Life International does not categorize them as being “vulnerable” because this species span across a wide geographical region. In my humble opinion, they would still benefit from wildlife preservation because in a perfect world, their population will remain stable or grow.

About Robert Kreinz

With an interest in nature since childhood, Robert has found his ability to connect and express through photography. At the young age of 18, he had begun photographing and developing his images. In 2004, Robert decided to pursue photography further while focusing on nature. Today he is a member of the RAW Community of creative people and has an impressive gallery of images which includes birds, mammals, landscape, and macro photography. Please visit his website www.robertkreinz.com or follow him on Instagram @rkreinz. If you fall in love with any of his images, they are available for purchase by contacting him directly.


Materials used: Faber-Castell Polychromos in Canson ArtBook

This image is not for sale. Please contact me for commissions if you are interested, or please visit my wildlife gallery. Thank you!

This image is not for sale. Please contact me for commissions if you are interested, or please visit my wildlife gallery. Thank you!


Mel Unger