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Mad Aussie
10-14-2011, 12:00 AM
This is the time of year we see these cute visitors ...

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Rainbow bee-eaters are brilliantly colored birds that grow to be 19-24cm (max 28cm) in length, including the elongated tail feathers. The upper back and wings are green in color, 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 male rainbow bee-eaters than in the females. The crown of the head, the stomach and breast, and the throat are pale yellowish in color, 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 forested areas in most of southern Australia excluding Tasmania. They migrate north during the winter into northern Australia, New Guinea, and some of the southern islands of Indonesia.

They may be found in open woodlands, beaches, dunes, cliffs, mangroves, woodlands and they often visits parks and private gardens.

Here are a couple of shots I got last year ...

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Chantelle
10-14-2011, 12:08 AM
Here's a couple I got of these guys too

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JAS_Photo
10-14-2011, 05:09 AM
They are so pretty you two! The guy on the left looks like quite a little clown. Nice shots, M.A. and Chantelle!

Mad Aussie
10-14-2011, 05:37 AM
They are so pretty you two! The guy on the left looks like quite a little clown. Nice shots, M.A. and Chantelle!
Thanks JAS. :)

The 'guy' on the left is the female (shorter extra tail feathers) ... and she's nagging him to death :)

Iguanasan
10-14-2011, 08:59 AM
What a colourful bird. Most of the ones we have around here are brown or black and kind of boring colour-wise :) Nice set.

Mad Aussie
10-14-2011, 05:31 PM
What a colourful bird. Most of the ones we have around here are brown or black and kind of boring colour-wise :) Nice set.
Thanks Iggy

Hillbillygirl
10-15-2011, 09:15 AM
Nice captures form you both, of a beautiful species.

XPWizard
10-15-2011, 09:21 AM
Nice colorful bird, well done.

Mad Aussie
10-15-2011, 07:10 PM
Thanks HBG and XP :)

asnow
10-15-2011, 10:11 PM
Nice colourful bird. That poor guy is really getting told off and he is doing his best at ignoring her.

Mad Aussie
10-15-2011, 10:53 PM
Nice colourful bird. That poor guy is really getting told off and he is doing his best at ignoring her.
Yeh but you know how that ends!!

aubintbay
10-16-2011, 10:17 AM
Nice captures both f you! Very colourful little birds.

Mad Aussie
10-16-2011, 06:03 PM
Nice captures both f you! Very colourful little birds.
f you too ab :laugh: :headslap: