Another type of Rainbow

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windshear
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Another type of Rainbow

On my way home from Daisy Hill, I decided to swing by the local park where I hoped the Rainbow Bee-eaters were going to be there, and play nice with me. Guess I got lucky!

These guys are so so cute! I saw them for the first time last year, and instantly fell in love.

First photo is probably my favourite - while they're perched, their whole body gets into their call, with their tail fanning right out.

timmo
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Wow! You sure did get lucky. They're gorgeous...

...and way better shots than I've ever taken of them.

Cheers
Tim
Brisbane

donnanags
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Great shots Windshear, they are a very pretty bird.

Elsie
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Beautiful!!

Well done getting such clear photossmiley

I love, love, love the fourth photoheartheart

Annie W
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Oh you lucky duck you!  Such a spectacular bird!  Hard to pick a favourite, but number six is just gorgeous - all the colours just show so individually brilliantly in that one - bit of soft afternoon light on him too perhaps?  Just beautiful! windshear!

NW Tasmania

Annie W
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double post

NW Tasmania

windshear
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Thanks guys. :)

They're definitely one of my favourite little birds, and I'm lucky enough to have a whole heap of them nesting in the next suburb over. :) Although one particular group's choice of a dog-walking/offleash area as a nesting spot is... curious.

dicutting10
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Love your photos they are my favourite little birds.  I discovered them when we went to Mt Surprise, can't wait to go back and take more photos of them.  I particularly loved the way that they grouped together, don't know if they are babies or if it is normal behaviour.  I have attached a photo to show what I mean.  this photo was taken just after sunrise when it was a bit cool.  they would group together in 3s, 4s and up to 8 together on a branch

Diane

windshear
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Wow Di!

That's really quite impressive. smiley I've only ever seen them in pairs, or a few spread out in a tree. They do look as though they've fluffed themselves out quite a bit, so maybe it was keeping themselves warm.

I can imagine the conversation...

"You see a bee?"

"Nope. Do you see a bee?"

"Nope"

*crickets chirping* *tumbleweed rolls past*

"Do you see a bee?"
 

On a side-note, there is a bird called the European Bee-eater, which is a spectacular bird in its own right. :)

European Bee-Eater

(from Wikipedia)

dicutting10
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wow that is a brilliant shot - where do they come from? 

diane

windshear
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Europe & Asia I think. One of the guys I follow on deviantart is from Bulgaria, and he often takes photos of them.

I suppose this should have occurred to me before now, but there are quite a variety of bee-eaters (mostly in europe, asia and africa). But we only get the Rainbow ones here. smiley

dicutting10
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I guess lucky us as they are such colourful little guys - where I took the photos at Mt Surprise there  were 100s of them at dawn and shortly after, during the day I did not see them.  Have attached another photo which shows a group being joined by another on the branch as I said they just seem to love being close to each other

Diane

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dicutting10 wrote:

I guess lucky us as they are such colourful little guys - where I took the photos at Mt Surprise there  were 100s of them at dawn and shortly after, during the day I did not see them.  Have attached another photo which shows a group being joined by another on the branch as I said they just seem to love being close to each other

Diane

Lovely! :)

The groups I've observed are much less social. Always interesting to hear other observations.

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