There is always something new to observe in the bush if you are patient and have fortune on your side.
Rainbow Bee-eaters have been recorded bathing, even occasionally drinking at waterholes – it’s just that I’d never had the privilege of seeing this behaviour first hand. That is until Monday of this week when a small party treated me to a wonderful display at a small dam along Mia Mia Track. Half a dozen birds perched briefly beside the dam, taking turns to dunk into the water on what was a warm afternoon.
Arriving home I managed to snap this nice portrait of a female Galah, perched in the ironbark above one of the garden bird baths. Moments later it descended to take a leisurely sip.