Rainbow Bee-eaters

Rainbow Bee eater

Rainbow Bee eater

Rainbow Bee-eaters would have to be high on my list of my favourite birds. In fact, the whole bee-eater family are quite spectacularly coloured birds. I saw several different species during my visit to Royal Chitwan National Park in Nepal a few years ago.

The Rainbow Bee-eater is the only species present in Australia. We always know that spring is well and truly here when they announce their arrive from over wintering in the northern parts of Australia. In the past they have stayed around our home all summer, even nesting on several occasions.

This year they came through a few months ago and then we didn’t hear or see them until earlier this week. It seems a little early for them to be heading back north again. Perhaps they just came to visit to cheer me up. I’d like to think so.

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2 Responses to “Rainbow Bee-eaters”

  1. SquiggleMum says:

    I’ve always wanted to see a Rainbow Bee-eater but am yet to make acquaintances with one. Great shot. Cath.

  2. Trevor says:

    Thanks Cath.
    I know how you feel. My current Australian list stands at just over 300 (out of 750+). My world list isn’t much better – and that’s out of nearly 10,000 species. So many birds, so little time. Despite that, I try to take delight in the ordinary birds that grace our garden every day. They are my friends.

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