Nesting Bee Eaters

Posted by Kim on Mon Nov 20, 2023 11:37 pm

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A pair of nesting Australian Rainbow Bee Eaters. The female is digging the start of the tunnel for nesting. It can be up to a metre long with a nesting chamber at the end. Both sex's dig the tunnel. it is on flat ground as in this shot or into the side of a cliff or mound but always in sandy country near water. This pair have migrated to the southern parts of Australia for the summer breading season and will return up north in the Autumn.

Shot with a Nikon Z 6-2 and the 180-600mm Z lens. I am waiting for my Z8 to be delivered. F8, ISO 500, 1/2000s @ 600mm Shot in full mid-day sun as this is when the behaviour took place.

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by david fletcher on Tue Nov 21, 2023 3:16 am
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Super shot Kim. Like that the sand they are digging out is clearly visible. Good to see you around and about.
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by Carol Clarke on Tue Nov 21, 2023 6:43 am
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Bee Eaters are always a joy to watch and this is a lovely behaviour capture - she is really making that sand fly Kim!

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by Karl Egressy on Tue Nov 21, 2023 4:43 pm
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Great behavior shot and good information.

by gregc on Wed Nov 22, 2023 5:01 am
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Nice behavioural image, details on the female are great.

by Axel Hildebrandt on Wed Nov 22, 2023 9:30 am
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Great behavior captured and thanks for the explanation about their nesting habits, Kim.
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by paul fletcher on Wed Nov 22, 2023 7:55 pm
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Very nice image, with interesting text included here, Kim.

by Kim on Wed Nov 22, 2023 8:53 pm
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Thank you everyone for the great comments. Kim

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