Rainbow bee eaters

On the weekend we were camping near the beach and just on sunset the rainbow bee eaters (Merops ornatus) were out looking for their dinner snacks of insects. They are the most gorgeous birds but very difficult to photograph because they’re tiny and incredibly fast on the wing. I managed to get some photos with the telephoto lens and have cropped them down so you can see them up close. They have two long tail-type things at the end of their tails which you can see more clearly in some shots.

You can see how well camouflaged he is when sitting quietly in the tree.

While not a great photo, this one shows his resplendent colours in flight.

I first saw these beautiful birds, one of my favourites, in Kakadu on a camping tour in 1991 but not long afterwards I saw a big group of them near Brunswick Heads in northern New South Wales.

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4 thoughts on “Rainbow bee eaters

  1. These are beautiful birds – the ones round here are nothing quite so “tropical” – but I like hearing the Scops owl calling at night. The swifts are swirling around the square at the moment, driving our cats mad!!!

    • They are gorgeous. I love the owls too but don’t hear them around here though the curlews make a blood-curdling call in the night (you can find them by searching the blog). I know what you mean about the cats….the little finches sit on the branches and scream at him when he hasn’t done anything but exist. They’d be better off laying low. Poor VBK with the birds.

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