BEAUTIFUL LITTLE BIRDS RETURN TO MAKE THEIR NESTS IN THE GROUND
The amazingly beautiful multi-coloured Rainbow Bee-eaters have returned from their winter sojourn in the north. The bird pictured that I photographed along Scenic Drive, Wanneroo, is the male. The tail streamers are substantially longer than those of the female. These fast-flying birds have the unique habit of nesting in the ground. A tunnel about 1m long is excavated by both birds. They feed on a wide variety of insects that are expertly caught on the wing using incredible aerobatics. It is a joy to watch them hunt. The City of Wanneroo protects the nesting sites each year with orange safety netting and signage.
Gary Tate - Greenwood