Rainbow Bee-Eater at Healesville Sanctuary, Victoria, Australia.
Rainbow bee-eaters are brilliantly coloured birds that grow to be 7 to 8 inches in length, including the elongated tail feathers. The upper back and wings are green in colour, and the lower back and under-tail coverts are bright blue. The undersides of the wings and primary flight feathers are red and tipped with black, and the tail is black to deep violet. The rainbow bee-eater’s two central tail feathers are longer than the other tail feathers, and are longer in the female rainbow bee-eaters than in the males. The crown of the head, the stomach and breast, and the throat are pale yellowish in colour, and the rainbow bee-eater has a black bib and a black stripe through its red eye.
Rainbow bee-eaters are a common species and can be found during the summer in un-forested areas in most of southern Australia and Tasmania, however they are becoming increasingly rare in Suburban parks. They migrate north during the winter into northern Australia, New Guinea, and some of the southern islands of Indonesia.
D300; Nikkor 70-200mm ED VR 2.8
fl/200mm,1/90s @ f/2.3 ISO:200 -1EV