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Rainbow Bee-eater

Rainbow Bee-eater
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Copyright: Claudia Lazar (joeydrops) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 109 W: 17 N: 247] (1404)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-26 4:28
Viewed: 3796
Points: 0
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This afternoon I made a discovery!

For the last few weeks a large flock of mystery birds have been hanging around near my house. I only ever see them in the afternoon as they gather together for the evening. Unfortunately, because of this, they are always silhoetted and it is difficult to see what kind of birds they are and it's hard to try and take photos of them.

Today it was as if they awaited my arrival. When I got home from work, I look across the street and there was a whole heap of these birds sitting on the powerlines. They were still very difficult to identify, but fortunately I did some photography for work today and had my camera on me. I quickly swapped lenses and managed to get a few shots of these birds with my Sigma lens.

Now I could see the colours of this mystery bird as well as its profile and its two long interesting central tail feathers. I looked through my Australian Birds book and did lots of googling. Then all of sudden I came across an image that identified these birds. These mystery birds are no mystery anymore. They are beautiful Rainbow Bee-eaters!

I've cropped this photo quite a bit and have tried to brighten it up so that you can see the colours of the bee-eater. That is why the photo is not of very good quality. But I thought I'd share my little discovery with you all. These birds are so cute :)

I've posted another photo of this bird on TrekEarth if you'd like to have a look.

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