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A weeks obsession with rainbows.

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    Posted: 11 November 2018 at 07:41
Pardon the photo bomb but it's been a week to remember, after near on 3 years of looking for these little jewels I finally got lucky. Rolled into a caravan park up the NSW coast Sunday afternoon for a weeks worth of R&R and among the first things I heard was the unmistakable soft trilling of Rainbow Bee-eaters nearby.

Went to investigate first thing Monday morning and was thrilled to find a pair busy building a nest, all week long I've kept on coming back for more and more shots. These are not chronological but rather a week's progression in their life as I've caught it.

#1 A first view, female

DSC05810 by Johan Olsson, on Flickr

#2 Male

DSC05991 by Johan Olsson, on Flickr

That fence seemed to be their favorite perch, easy access to the nest and great overview to catch prey from. Not pretty from a photographic standpoint however.

#3 Living up to their name

DSC06330 by Johan Olsson, on Flickr

#4 Streamlined and ready for another go.

DSC06340 by Johan Olsson, on Flickr

Got lucky with a few shots on natural perches.

#5

DSC06213 by Johan Olsson, on Flickr

#6 Not just bee's on the menu.

DSC06576 by Johan Olsson, on Flickr

#7 Sometimes even managed both birds in frame

DSC06249 by Johan Olsson, on Flickr

Think after a while they started getting more and more comfortable with me there as they didn't hesitate heading for the nest and some more digging.

#8 Checking for threats before heading in.

DSC05922 by Johan Olsson, on Flickr

#9 Headfirst down the tunnel.

DSC05932 by Johan Olsson, on Flickr

#10 Coming out just as cautious, sat with just the head poking out for a minute or 2 before taking off.

DSC06500 by Johan Olsson, on Flickr

Then it happened...after lots and lots of "bribes"

#11 What better than a bee as a courting gift.

DSC06641 by Johan Olsson, on Flickr

#12 Must of worked!

DSC06469 by Johan Olsson, on Flickr

#13 All that hunting, digging and mating seems to be taking a toll on the male..starting to look a little ragged towards the end.

DSC06522 by Johan Olsson, on Flickr

#14 Last night's parting shot as the sun set.

DSC06694 by Johan Olsson, on Flickr

As I was standing there saying my goodbyes and well wishes all of a sudden a second pair made an appearance so I guess there's bound to be more little holes in the ground soonish.

And lastly 2 shots just for general "interest", the nest spot is in a busy thoroughfare between the caravan park and beach, at risk of being stepped in at any moment but luckily another local birder had a contact on the council. All it took was one email and the next morning they turned up and fenced it in.

#15 Not every Bee-eater couple that has their own fenced nest!

DSC06692 by Johan Olsson, on Flickr

#16 Nest entry

DSC06693 by Johan Olsson, on Flickr

TFL...and thanks to the better half for not rolling her eyes at me all to many times every time I "headed up the hill for yet another look"
 



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Very impressive series Johan. #1,2,3,4,6,11,12,13 are a joy to watch. I also like the fact you added some shots of the surroundings. The best ones are 6 and 11 for me. #11 has a better colored background, but the pose and visible caught insect in #6 makes it better imo. Thanks for sharing    .
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Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 November 2018 at 13:05
Wow! Great series - very diverse and full of color! #5, #7 and #11 are my favorites. These are fabulous birds!

Thanks a lot for sharing these images!

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Great series! I suppose much of the credit goes to the birds.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote SnowFella Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 November 2018 at 06:57
Cheers.
Indeed the birds did most of the work, I was only there to document it...right place at the "right time". Just a shame I couldn't of had another week or 4 to see fledglings appear but work likely would of sent out a search party if I went MIA for another month.
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