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The Rainbow Bee-eater is mostly turquoise green with a black line through its eye like a bandit, and another under its yellow throat. With its long black beak it really does catch bees, beating them on a branch until they can no longer sting before tossing them down. It catches most of its insect food while flying from trees or low shrubs.

When building a nest the Rainbow Bee-eater gets away from the light altogether. It digs a long tunnel in a bank and lays four to five eggs in a chamber at the end. In southern Australia it is too cold for bee-eaters in winter so they fly north to New Guinea.
Photo taken in Bowen NQ Australia. Equipment used was a Canon 5D MKII. Canon 500MM Lens with Canon 1.4 Extender

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:1 Jan 2000 - 12:05 AM
Focal Length:700mm
Aperture:f/9.0
Shutter Speed:1/640sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:160
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:''Rainbow Bee-eater''
Username:wildlifephotographer wildlifephotographer
Uploaded:2 Apr 2011 - 8:45 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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HarrietH
HarrietH e2 Member 4264 forum postsHarrietH vcard Portugal
2 Apr 2011 - 8:47 AM

Simply stunning.

Harriet

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rogerfry
rogerfry e2 Member 8501 forum postsrogerfry vcard United Kingdom
2 Apr 2011 - 9:01 AM

Super image.......great timing!

Roger

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jasonrwl
jasonrwl e2 Member 430 forum postsjasonrwl vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2011 - 9:06 AM

Beautiful shot.
Jason

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P_Higham
P_Higham e2 Member 7P_Higham vcard United Kingdom
2 Apr 2011 - 9:06 AM

Having tried to get a shot of a lilac breasted roller like this and not succeeded I can understand the patience involved and probably the number of almost shots, a great shot.

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vickyf
vickyf e2 Member 8vickyf vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2011 - 9:10 AM

Beautiful bird, caught just at the right moment.

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davey_griffo
2 Apr 2011 - 9:29 AM

Excellent shot. You normally wouldn't want anything from the back, but it really shows off the fabulous colours.

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Gray_ina
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2 Apr 2011 - 2:39 PM

Hi Gordon Totally stunning regards gray.

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JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
2 Apr 2011 - 7:22 PM

Stunning colours!!!!!!!
An amazing photo!
JNC

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