A little while ago, I saw a rather beautiful bird called "the Bee-eater", in the fields of Extremadura. I immediately wondered if these birds had any preferences as to the type of bees - would a a nice juicy bumblebee be considered a real treat, for example? Do they attack hives, or just wait for a bee to fly past, and then chase it? What do they do when there's no bees around? How do they not get the inside of their throats stung? And would they enjoy the bee more if it was roasted and smothered in honey?