LOVELY VIS­I­TORS FLY DOWN FOR THE SUM­MER

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion - Pauline Hale, Bel­mont

Ev­ery year in Oc­to­ber rain­bow bee-eaters re­turns to Perth af­ter win­ter in the north. They are a strik­ing and colour­ful bird, re­sem­bling a small king­fisher, and are a joy to watch as they swoop and dive to catch in­sects in flight. We are for­tu­nate to have th­ese vis­i­tors in Bel­mont. They can be seen in Sig­nal Hill, early morn­ings are best. If you see a small hole in your verge or gar­den, usu­ally in a sandy soil, take care not to fill it in, as it is maybe a rain­bow bee-eater’s nest. Both the male and the fe­male se­lect a site and dig a long tun­nel that leads to a nest­ing cham­ber lined with grass. Both par­ents in­cu­bate the eggs and feed the young. If you are for­tu­nate, you will see the young­sters fly­ing with their fam­ily later on in sum­mer be­fore head­ing north with the flock in win­ter.

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