On the lookout

For nesting birds, danger is ever-present. The Rainbow Bee-eaters currently incubating at the Newstead Cemetery provided an interesting case study tonight. The female is responsible for incubation, splitting its time between the nest and feeding sorties in the surrounding landscape. The male meanwhile has the job of sentinel, alternating between a series of perches, all the time keeping an eye on the nest. The sudden appearance of a Brown Falcon this evening put things on high alert.

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The male on watch with tunnel entrance at top right.

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Female Rainbow Bee-eater in flight.

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Brown Falcon @ the Newstead Cemetery, 11th December 2014.

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The male again, this time on the lookout from another perch.

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The female arrives at the nest entrance.

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A sprinkle of sand as the female enters the tunnel.

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