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''Rainbow Bee-eater''

By wildlifephotographer
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

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: HarrietH, piccy, rogerfry and 14 more

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Comments


2 Apr 2011 8:47AM
Simply stunning.

Harriet

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rogerfry Plus
11 543 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2011 9:01AM
Super image.......great timing!

Roger
jasonrwl Plus
6 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2011 9:06AM
Beautiful shot.
Jason
2 Apr 2011 9:06AM
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.
vickyf Plus
11 8 8 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2011 9:10AM
Beautiful bird, caught just at the right moment.
davey_griffo 7 213 165 England
2 Apr 2011 9:29AM
Excellent shot. You normally wouldn't want anything from the back, but it really shows off the fabulous colours.
2 Apr 2011 2:39PM
Hi Gordon Totally stunning regards gray.
Stunning colours!!!!!!!
An amazing photo!
JNC

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