Rainbow Bee-Eater 2
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|Scientific name: 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.
However this specimen was perched on a tree branch along the banks of the Yellow River in Kakadu
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Another great image.
You're posting some good photos with some interesting information.
You'll find you get roughly as many comments as you make here,so if you feel like you're pics are being ignored it might be cos you're not critiquing that much yet. I find it hard to find time myself.
Sometimes I quit for a while then come back, but its had to keep away.
Theres so much interesting stuff here, and there's nothing quite like TN :)
- [2010-08-08 6:48]
bee-eaters are always beautiful in colours and pose. You done justice here by showing the sharpness and splendid soft shiny feathers it possesses. How excellent to note the slight turn of the head with shiny dark eye. The light is well calculated to give the maximum dramatic effect.
Very well presented capture in pleasant view.