Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Rainbow Bee-Eater

This post is for Wild Bird Wednesday.

I often see Rainbow Bee-eaters (Merops ornatus) when I am out at Inskip.  Usually they are high in the trees and darting down and hawking for insects.  The other day they were instead perching on fence posts at the parking lot just before the sand track starts out to the Point.


There must have been insects or some other food down in the grass because they kept darting down to the ground and then flying up to sit on the fence posts again. 


31 comments:

  1. Such beautiful color. It was nice of them to pose out in plain view.

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  2. wow, they looks so soft you want to tuch them. Beautiful birds. :)

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  3. gorgeous birds. wow. love all the color. guess these are males? i would enjoy seeing the female too. i would love to see them in person. awesome! (:

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  4. Couldn't be more perfectly named...rainbow bee eater. It's so pretty.

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  5. Beautiful birds to see... so colourful.

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  6. Wow, they are beautiful birds, I love their rainbow of colors. Your photos are awesome, great sighting.

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  7. Beautiful birds ;-)
    Céline & Philippe

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  8. Stunning birds. We just don't get colours like that here in the UK.

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  9. They're beautiful!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  10. They have so many beautiful colours! No wonder there called Rainbow Bee-eaters!

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  11. Mick, I love your birds. The bee eaters are such a treat to see and I appreciate you posting them. Do you know today that I could ID them without reading the title? Your birds are always a treat and these colorful numbers are fantastic. Have a good week! Chris

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  12. What lovely little birds you've captured beautifully!
    I like how it looks like they're wearing little masks.

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  13. Beautiful birds, so colorful.

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  14. You were spot on in your location guess!

    :)

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  15. Nice pictures you show of some beautiful birds.

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  16. Wow Mick what a fabulous, colourful looking Bee Eater. It looks quite small compared to our European Bee Eater? but obviously related. You got some great shots there.

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  17. Great birds! I dont see them very often, so its a real red-letter day when I do!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

    PS: there is a new book on the market called "Waders
    The Shorebirds of Australia
    By David Hollands, Clive Minton" - the second author is the leader of the wader banding group I go out with - I think you may like the book. SM

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  18. Great shots, Mick!! I'd love to capture these birds (I've never seen them in real life). They really are beautiful.

    How's the shorebird reverse migration going?

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  19. Thanks for sharing these, they ae such beautiful vibrant colours. What gorgeous birds.

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  20. WoW, I have never seen anything like those. They are so colorful and fluffy. Your images are gorgeous!

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  21. Beautiful shots of the Rainbow Bee-Eaters Mick! How fortuitous for you that they chose that moment while you were there to come down for a visit! I have been in love with these bee-eaters ever since I first saw photos of them. I just hope I can see them in person some day!

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  22. Those are really neat birds -- beautiful == in that one picture I love the way the bird has his head tipped as he looks at you (gives him a very quizzical look, like he's wondering what you're doing.

    They're just beautiful .

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  23. It's a sure sign of summer down south when the Rainbow Bee-eaters turn up. Strange that they're much brighter when we've seen them up north though!!

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  24. How sweet these one were! Nice photos too!
    I've never seen them before.
    Greetings Pia

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  25. Hi Mick
    Loved your Rainbow Birds in the grass - most unusual to see them like that.
    It really brings out the colours.
    Denis

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  26. Fantastic shots of these amazing birds--I'd love to see them.

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  27. Oh, mick! The birds and the photos are just wonderful.

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  28. Just catching up, Mick. Wonderful shots of the colorful bee eaters and the common koel!

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