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''Rainbow Bee-eater''

By Bowenite
ainbow 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: RonnieAG, cantona43, andylea and 20 more


cantona43 Plus
14 927 4 United Kingdom
7 May 2010 12:13AM
wow stunning shot, beautiful colours and detail

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andylea 11 37 1 United Kingdom
7 May 2010 12:16AM
fantastic colours brilliant detail a stunning capture Wink
Rev2 9 302 2 England
7 May 2010 12:16AM
Closer & sharper, nice one!
Daisymaye 11 23 16 Canada
7 May 2010 12:33AM
Beautiful coloured little bird. Great capture...........Sandy
goso 13 2 1 Australia
7 May 2010 12:42AM
A ripper Gordon...Bill
7 May 2010 1:37AM
What a great capture - well done

lesliea 10 2 Australia
7 May 2010 1:51AM
Nice sharp image great colours, well captured.
7 May 2010 3:08AM
Superb colours and capture, Gordon... Smile
7 May 2010 6:14AM
Nice shot
Adderwatcher 10 60 19 United Kingdom
7 May 2010 8:28AM
Another superb capture Gordon, well taken.
lianna 10 13 United Kingdom
7 May 2010 10:19AM
A really interesting write up of such a beautiful bird!!!! so colourful... a lovely capture Gordon xx x x
7 May 2010 12:46PM
Fantastic colours, Gordon.
Canadiann 9 2 Canada
7 May 2010 7:30PM
Another fantastic beauty here such amazing colour on these birds, which you have captured equally as amazingly.
Growmore 10 4 3 England
7 May 2010 9:23PM
Superb capture Gordon fantastic colours and great pose. Gary
saeidNL 9 3 Netherlands
7 May 2010 11:13PM
Excellent capture,very well taken.

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