The best time to take pictures of Bee-eaters is after they have returned from migration. Thery are active all May and June preparing for future nesting and often mating.
The Rollers have returned from migration in early May. The best time to take pictures of Rollers is all May and June. This is the time when the birds court one another, the males feed the females with beetles, they fly around the nest and land on branches with food outside the hide throughout the day. Before they start brooding, the birds stay close to their future nest and land on the perches regularly.
Orioles return from migration at the end of April or beginning of May. This depends on how cold the spring that year was, and it can vary within a week or two. There are two optimal periods to capture the oriole. The first one is at their return when they start breeding games which last for 2-3 weeks. At this time they are very active, the males regularly fly over the nesting territory and chase away intruders, attack cuckoos or sing at perches.
As it is with any other form of identification, the recognition of a bird species is mainly a process of exclusion which becomes faster with practice.
From a distance it is often very hard to determine a bird species. In most cases, with the help of a binocular it is possible to distinguish enough of the plumage characteristics which will then allow us to identify the particular species. Nevertheless, even with a binocular, often one can see only the silhouette of a bird and no plumage details to check with the bird guide illustration. With practice and regular watching, however, one can learn to recognize the different species only by their silhouettes or characteristic behaviour. The experienced watchers call this “jeese” – a combination of the bird`s appearance and movements.