BEAU­TI­FUL LIT­TLE BIRDS RE­TURN TO MAKE THEIR NESTS IN THE GROUND

Joondalup Weekender - - Opinion -

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

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