Rainbow arrival

A quick visit to the Newstead Cemetery late yesterday revealed no sign of Rainbow Bee-eaters.

This morning I thought I’d check their other local haunt, along Trudgeon’s Road at Welshman’s Reef … I was delighted to see that at least three pairs have recently arrived.

Rainbow Bee-eater pair (female at right), Welshman's Reef, 21st October 2014.

Rainbow Bee-eater pair (female at right), Welshman’s Reef, 21st October 2014.

Trudgeon's Road Welshman's Reef.

Trudgeon’s Road Welshman’s Reef.

RBE1

Male Rainbow Bee-eater display flight – I

RBE2

II

RBE4

The female Rainbow Bee-eater – note the short tail streamers.

RBE5

It’s great to welcome them back.

2 responses to “Rainbow arrival

  1. Assuming they eat bees, would they attack a hive?

    • Yes Merlyn – they certainly do! But they also eat dragonflies, moths, butterflies, wasps and other flying insects. They are sometimes found around bee hives.
      Cheers, geoff

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