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Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus).

Taken with Canon 20D and a 75-300mm Canon lens.

This photo was taken as the bird left its nesting chamber in the middle of a fire-trail through the mallee on a nature reserve in western NSW. A few days later the nest was flooded by a severe summer storm and the pair had to start all over again.

The species is migratory and widely distributed throughout Australia and eastern Indonesia & Papua New Guinea. It is a vagrant visitor further north including Palau, Micronesia, & Japan. The majority of the global population breeds in Australia. In Australia it is distributed across much of the mainland.

It occurs in open woodlands and shrublands, including mallee, and open forests. It also occurs in grasslands, floodplain or wetland vegetation and in mangroves.

The nest is located in an enlarged chamber at the end of long burrow that is excavated in flat or sloping ground, in the banks of rivers, creeks or dams, in roadside cuttings, or in cliff-faces.

It mainly feeds on insects but occasionally other animals including earthworms, spiders & tadpoles. It captures most of its prey in flight.

The only actual, identified threat is the Cane Toad. Cane Toads feed on eggs and nestlings, and occupy nest burrows.

(Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (2009)).

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Comments

  • Phillip Weyers
    Phillip Weyersover 5 years ago

    Stunning capture Chris.

  • Thanks Phillip

    – ChrisCoombes

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottover 5 years ago

    superb capture

  • Cheers Robert. I like your bee eater photo as well. They are quick little things that don’t sit still for long aren’t they.

    – ChrisCoombes

  • 1busymom
    1busymomover 5 years ago

    Awesome!!!

  • thanks

    – ChrisCoombes

  • Steve Bullock
    Steve Bullockover 5 years ago

    Wow… thats a ripper shot mate..

  • Thanks Steve. I was pretty damn happy when i got back to camp that night and downloaded it. I thought it might have been alright when i zoomed in on the little camera screen and saw that the eye was pretty much perfectly in focus but i was out tracking malleefowl all day so when saw it full size on computer screen that night I had a bit of a smile on my face. I still like it. A mate I studied with at uni really liked it so I had it blown up reasonably big and framed for him and his wife as a present. It looks nice in a nice wooden frame

    – ChrisCoombes

  • Heabar
    Heabarover 5 years ago

    Awesome shot Chris thanks for sharing your work !!!

  • Thankyou. My pleasure :)

    – ChrisCoombes

  • ItsCoops
    ItsCoopsover 5 years ago

    Really great shot

  • Thanks Juanita

    – ChrisCoombes

  • Barbara  Brown
    Barbara Brownover 5 years ago

    Wow! what a capture!!

  • Thanks Barbara

    – ChrisCoombes

  • Stewart Macdonald
    Stewart Macdonaldover 5 years ago

    That’s awesome!

  • Thanks mate. I’m actually pretty proud of this image, i just love it. Probably my best image i think. Brings back a few memories of sitting in the sun on a mid 40 degree day in the middle of a fly plague with flies in my ears, up my nose, in my eyes…pretty much everywhere and trying to hold the camera steady just waiting and waiting, hoping like hell that i had set the focal length right and that i would actually be quick enough to get it. Fun times though :)

    – ChrisCoombes

  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayover 5 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS You got a TOP TEN in the Birds of Australia Challenge in the Australia! You’re Standing In It…group.

  • Thanks Vanessa, and thanks for those who voted.

    – ChrisCoombes

  • fatdade
    fatdadeover 5 years ago

    What a fantastic capture chris. Well caught! …paul

  • Cheers Paul, much appreciated

    – ChrisCoombes

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