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Rainbow Bee-eater

Merops ornatus


Agile, brightly-coloured bird with a long, curved bill.


Seen by the banks of the Upper Noosa River.


As you would expect from their name, Rainbow Bee-eaters eat insects - mainly bees and wasps - which they catch mid-air. These shots aren't brilliant quality, but I like that you can see the wasp(?) this bird has just caught. It brought the wasp back to the branch and beat it up a few times before eating it. Apparently Rainbow Bee-eaters also rub bees and wasps against a perch to remove stings and venom glands.

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Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia

Lat: -26.15, Long: 153.04

Spotted on Apr 17, 2014
Submitted on Jun 1, 2014

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