Sunday, September 19, 2010

Rainbow Bee-eaters

I often see Rainbow Bee-eaters (Merops ornatus) when I am out at Inskip. These photos were taken in different amounts of light and shade and the plumage seemed to take on different colors. All photos enlarge when clicked on.
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22 comments:

Denis Wilson said...

Hi Mick
The angle of the light causes the green and blue colours to change their appearance.
I have noticed the same with Sacred Kingfishers - sometimes green, sometimes almost royal blue.
Lovely images, and one of my favourite birds.
I never get them here - but they were common around Canberra.
Just one of the things one misses out on when moving.
Denis

mick said...

Hi Denis, thanks for your comment. Interesting about the light causing those changes. I think these birds are beautiful in any light! Yes, I would miss them too if I moved away.

Neil said...

Beautiful photos again love all the colours.

mick said...

Thanks Neil.

Tyto Tony said...

Hi Mick: Best seen, but hard to position, from slightly above. They seem to have stayed around up this way with the very mild 'winter'.

Could I also suggest, without wishing in any way to set myself up as a worthy example, that you give the birds a touch more air when you crop them.

mick said...

Hi Tony, thanks for the suggestion. I shall try that next time. Re seeing them from above - wish I could! I've only ever seen them high up in the trees.

NicoleB said...

You make me wanna hop in the next plane with showing off these Beauties (also all the migrants and the Whistling Kites).
Amazing!

mick said...

Hi Nicole, we love tourists out here and the birds are especially good right now!

Phil said...

Beautiful birds Mick and you captured the iridescence of the feathers so well.

eileeninmd said...

Love these beautiful and colorful birds, great captures.

NatureFootstep said...

I saw bee-eaters when I visited Camargue. Not this one though. I really enjoyed seeing them catching insects. And the color is likely to change a bit due to light.

I don´t know. You usually visit me early. If you did and came to last weeks post it is because I fogot to label the new one. Here is this weeks entry:
http://nfbird.blogspot.com/2010/09/beautiful-experience.html

Midmarsh John said...

What gorgeous colouring on the head.

mick said...

Thanks for commenting Phil, Eileen, NatureFootstep, and John.

Bob Kaufman said...

Don't you just love the colors of the bee-eaters? We have two species here (Blue-tailed and Blue-throated) and both of them also show off different color shades depending on the light.

Great photos, Mick!

Idaho Birder said...

Bee-eaters are a family of birds I can't wait to see one day. I love their colors and shapes.

mick said...

Thanks for commenting Idaho Birder and Bob. The bee-eaters over your way sound lovely , Bob. It would sure be nice to see them.

Halcyon said...

Wow! These little guys are beautiful. How lucky you can see them every day.

mick said...

Thanks Halcyon

April said...

Do they really eat bees? Wonderful looking bird.

mick said...

Hi April, I've seen them catch all sorts of insects and even butterflies on the wing.

Larry said...

Incredible shots of the Rainbow Bee-eaters Mick! They are so colorful, I would love to see them in action.

dreamfalcon said...

wonderful colorful birds.