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''Rainbow Bee-eater''

By Bowenite
Rainbow Bee-eater
Merops ornatus

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.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: GERRYGENTRY, saeidNL, Canadiann and 17 more


Comments


saeidNL 9 3 Netherlands
26 Apr 2010 12:11AM
Excellent and colourful capture,very well taken.
saeid

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Canadiann 9 2 Canada
26 Apr 2010 12:58AM
These are such beautiful birds and you have captured this so very well indeed. I Love the colours, textures and it's pose. Well done once again. I so envy shots like this.
Regards
Ann
Wow, stunning bird and a wonderful capture! Smile
Rev2 9 302 2 England
26 Apr 2010 7:32AM
Very nice shot!
VIKI 13 18 1 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2010 7:58AM
Wonderful image. Well done!
26 Apr 2010 8:17AM
Well captured,
alan
accipiter 10 61 England
26 Apr 2010 8:52AM
Lovely capture. A
colmar 12 42 35 Scotland
26 Apr 2010 9:40AM
A grand pose of this colourful bird well captured Colin
andymark 9 1 England
26 Apr 2010 11:03AM
love it
EMJAYCEE Plus
10 10 10 England
26 Apr 2010 3:00PM
Wonderful, grand perfect - they all apply!
Joan.
Lillian Plus
10 23 17 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2010 5:04PM
Beautifully captured, and well detailed
Lillian
26 Apr 2010 7:08PM
Beautiful colours, well captured

Mike
astyag 12 12
27 Apr 2010 6:04AM
beautiful and funny lad! excellent composition, well done the close up
Astyag
Adderwatcher 10 60 19 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2010 11:48AM
Superb capture!
Scott
28 Apr 2010 3:40PM
Great shot, Gordon... Smile

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