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.