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ZEISS DTI thermal imaging cameras. For more discoveries at night, and during the day.

merops ornatus

  1. Rainbow Bee-eater

    Rainbow Bee-eater

  2. Blue and green and gold and....

    Blue and green and gold and....

    ..... that's a Rainbow Bee-eater!! We'd started making our way back out when we spotted him, gave me a bit of a chase around the houses and then a bit of re-positioning by me to avoid some intervening stuff (mostly!). The was the first one I'd seen for ages... probably Bribie Island with Ken...
  3. Rainbow bee-eater

    Rainbow bee-eater

    Caught one morning
  4. Rainbow bee-eater

    Rainbow bee-eater

    Caught one morning with my camcorder
  5. Rainbow Bee-eater (m)

    Rainbow Bee-eater (m)

  6. Tree decoration

    Tree decoration

    For some reason most of the Rainbow Bee-eaters I saw, seemed to be sitting in dead trees! This one in the middle of the Homestead Dam. At least they add some interest to the otherwise bare branches LOL
  7. RBE in flight.jpg

    RBE in flight.jpg

    Rainbow Bee-eaters are very active in Victoria in summer as they arrive to nest before returning to northern parts. They are fairly easy to photograph as they sit out in the open as they hawk for bees and other insects. Catching them in flight is a bit of a challenge!
  8. An extra treat

    An extra treat

    Not sure if I mean for you or me LOL, but on our way back another Rainbow Bee-eater had arrived and I couldn't resist as they're so beautiful.
  9. Vantage point

    Vantage point

    A dead tree in a fenced off area beside the path to the beach sat a very pretty Rainbow Bee-eater. This was my very first bee-eater species, as I've still not even seen the European one yet. Aren't they pretty, and quite well-named too.
  10. Rainbow Bee-eater

    Rainbow Bee-eater

  11. Rainbow Bee-eater

    Rainbow Bee-eater

    Rainbow Bee-eater
  12. Rainbow Bee-eaters

    Rainbow Bee-eaters

    Rainbow Bee-eaters
  13. Rainbow Bee-eater

    Rainbow Bee-eater

    Rainbow Bee-eater
  14. Rainbow Bee-eater

    Rainbow Bee-eater

    Miraculously we had heavy rain last night which put the fires out. Two houses lost.
  15. rainbow bee eater.jpg

    rainbow bee eater.jpg

    these birds arrive in the south of western australia to breed before heading north
  16. Rainbow Bee-eater

    Rainbow Bee-eater

    Rainbow Bee-eater
  17. All the colours?

    All the colours?

    Making our way back towards the car, we spotted a distant bee-eater. Fortunately he flew towards us, but didn't make life that easy, as we spent the next five minutes or so chasing him from tree to tree before I could get a picture. It seems ages since I had last seen one.
  18. Rainbow Bee-eater

    Rainbow Bee-eater

  19. A beautiful commoner

    A beautiful commoner

    After lunch we went off exploring more of the reserve and turned up at the delightfully named Gum Hole. A large water hole in the middle of nowhere. These lovely bee-eaters are found over most of Australia and really are very colourful.
  20. Colours


    On a dead tree in the middle of the dam was a pretty Rainbow Bee-eater.
  21. All the colours

    All the colours

    We took the track down towards the beach, but it took an awful long time to reach it, as the land to the right of the path had ummm.... well.... quite a bit of interest for us birders! A small flock of Little Corellas flew noisily around the top of a distant tree, but an old dead tree nearer to...
  22. Rainbow Bee-eater

    Rainbow Bee-eater

  23. Rainbow Bee-eater

    Rainbow Bee-eater

    Another image from the Queensland trip.
  24. Rainbow Bee-eater

    Rainbow Bee-eater

    Common everywhere on our trip.
  25. Rainbow Bee-eater

    Rainbow Bee-eater

    I'm back after a long absence. Been very busy setting up a video recording business to record some of our local artists in the folk scene and other genres. Also Adelaide in the summer is not the best birding! But just got back from 3 weeks in Darwin and Kakadu, so I've at last got a few...