Rainbow Bee-eater

A colorful, eye-catching bird that can be seen most places in Australia, except Tasmania. The aerobatic pursuit of insects, mainly dragonflies and bees, highlights the rich pastel coloring and orange underwings. Males have two long protruding, wire-like, tail feathers while the females have shorter tail extensions. They have a variety of calls, but it is often the bell-like call made in flight that catches attention.

Photographer: Scott Osborne

Photographer: Scott Osborne

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Settings: f5.6  ss 1/1600sec ISO 640 @630mm.

Photographer: Don Caswell

Photographer: Don Caswell

This Bee-eater was not deterred by a light tableland's shower of rain and posed nicely for me in our Yungaburra backyard.

Nikon D7200, Nikkor f4 300mm, f/5.6, 1/200 sec, ISO-500

 

 

Photographer: Ian Wallace

Photographer: Ian Wallace

Driving around the Machan's Beach area near Cairns I came across a few Bee eaters flying around a block of land. I stopped there for half an hour and snapped a bunch of pics. This one stood out!  Nikon gear with 500mm Sigma lens.

Photographer: Don Caswell

Photographer: Don Caswell

This female Rainbow Bee-eater posed nicely on a mossy branch in the garden.

Camera Nikon D7200, lens Nikkor 300mm, f/7.1, 1/200 sec, ISO-120, handheld

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