We were walking in the local forest today when we spotted what looked like fungal drapes, adorning a branch high up in a tree. Closer inspection revealed it to be an amazing bee hive, approximately 1.5 metres long!
I grabbed a wide shot with the 17mm lens to show the general environment, then grabbed a few shots with the 300mm F4L and 400mm F5.6L to reveal the mass of bees attending the operations of building, repairing, protecting and pollen carrying.
It was an enthralling spectacle, through 12x50 binoculars, with the worker bees returning from their pollen forages, "burrowing" into the folds of the nest, legs replete with large yellow pollen sacks, whilst the remainder of the community performed their chosen tasks.
Quite an astonishing and immensely interesting spectacle.