''Rainbow Bee-eaters'' by bowenite

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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.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 500mm f4 L ISUSM. 1.4 Canon Extender


  • DottieDees
    DottieDeesover 4 years ago

    Great capture!

  • Dave & Trena Puckett
    Dave & Trena P...over 4 years ago

    absolutely amazing!!! a beautiful capture! the details, DoF, and clarity are superb!!! great shot!

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyover 4 years ago

    Excellent Gordon, colors and detail are wonderful

  • Sue  Fellows
    Sue Fellowsover 4 years ago

    What a beautiful capture, Gordon!!..It really is a case of “Him and Her”… He’s looking very protective… :-))

  • Janette Rodgers
    Janette Rodgersover 4 years ago

    Stunning image Gordon. Are you home in Bowen? Cheers Jan

  • Hi Jan. Thanks for commenting. We are home until the 4th September and then we may head out to Rubyvale again. Have a fossick and hopefulluy some photography. Cheers Gordon & Alice.

    – bowenite

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 4 years ago

    August 29, 2010

  • Tracey  Dryka
    Tracey Drykaover 4 years ago

    Beautiful birds! Congratulations on your Feature

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 4 years ago

    A Triple F from me, Congrats on your Fantastic Feature, Fabulous work.

  • Auntymazza
    Auntymazzaover 4 years ago

    Beautiful Gordon

  • Phillip Weyers
    Phillip Weyersover 4 years ago

    Always a stunning subject… beautifully captured.

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