Taken in the Belongil Estuary, Byron Bay.
A striking, colourful bird, the Rainbow Bee-eater is medium sized, with a long slim curved bill and a long tail with distinctive tail-streamers. It has a golden crown and a red eye set in a wide black stripe from the base of the bill to the ears, which is edged with a thin blue line. The throat is orange-yellow, with a broad black band separating it from a green breast. The upperparts are green, with the flight feathers coppery and black tipped. The underwings are bright orange, with a black edge. The lower abdomen is blue. The tail is black, including the long tail streamers, with a blue tinge. Females have shorter, thicker tail streamers than males, but are otherwise similar. Young birds are duller and greener, lacking the black band on the chest and the long tail streamers.
Canon 7D, 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS


rainbow bee eater, merops ornatus, australian, native bird, kingfisher, bee, northern rivers, byron bay

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  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 2 years ago


  • Many thanks Andrea!

    – byronbackyard

  • Digidi
    Digidiabout 2 years ago

    wow what a wonderful capture of these two bee-eaters, they are so pretty i have only seen them in the zoo. a fave

  • Many thanks Di, they are gorgeous but very hard to capture, they buzz around very fast!

    – byronbackyard

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 2 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush

    BEAUTIFUL work,

  • Many thanks Ann!

    – byronbackyard

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 2 years ago

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    29 August 2012 – 1 image per 24hrs

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    Maria Moroabout 2 years ago

    • 30th August 2012
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