Return to earth

After arriving back onto the breeding grounds about ten days ago the Rainbow Bee-eaters have been displaying in small groups up high, joining small parties of Fairy Martins, Welcome Swallows and White-backed Swallows in the warm air.

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Rainbow Bee-eater, Newstead Cemetery, 15th October 2015.

From time to time pairs will drop down to perch – eyeing off prospective nest sites. Generally they will choose existing tunnels – there are numerous options along the gully. At this time they make brief visits to the ground around the holes before taking flight again – smudges of dry earth on the bills of the birds indicate that tunnel refurbishment has begun and it won’t be long before the first of this seasons eggs are laid.

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The male trilling.

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Note the dust on the bill … a sign that tunneling has begun.

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Male display flight above the breeding grounds.

2 responses to “Return to earth

  1. wow wow wow. these are exquisite photos of the most beautiful bird. their courting flights are exquisite

  2. too beautiful for words!

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