Thursday, November 22, 2012

Wild Bird Wednesday: Rainbow Bee-eater

As I promised Stewart last week, here is my surprise "lifer" found in an unexpected place.
My husband and I took a drive to Nudgee Beach, never having been there before. To our delight, we discovered a walking track through the "Nudgee Beach Reserve" which looked promising bird-wise. And it was!! Not that far along the track, I heard some bird calls and ventured into the bush to take a closer look. While photographing a sweet little Willy Wagtail, another bird flew into the same tree and remained at very close range while I excitedly clicked away...




It stayed long enough to capture a number of photos before flying to another tree where it was quite well camouflaged

As I approached slowly, it flew to another tree much higher and further away...

 
 
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18 comments:

Łucja-Maria said...

Hi Liz!
Gorgeous photographic series.
Bird charming and very colorful.
It's beautiful.
I send greetings.

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

i can't pick a favorite. what gorgeous birds. so lovely. great shots. ( :

i stora drag said...

Wow, such a sweetie and very good shots too!
Greetings Pia in Sweden

TexWisGirl said...

absolutely beautiful! must be bee-eater week at WBW!

Gary said...

The first shots are stunning!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Brian King said...

What a beautiful bird! I love the bee-eaters! They're so brightly colored. Don't you just love it when something like that happens and you have your camera? :-) Great shots, Liz!

nic.b van es said...

wat een mooie vogel ,ik kan mij voorstellen dat je een gat in de lucht sprong.

Joop Zand said...

GREAT SHOTS with LOVELY COLORS,

we don's have these lovely birds here.

Greetings, JOOP

Tina´s PicStory said...

great shots of a beautiful bird! :)

mick said...

Great photos of the Rainbow Bee-eaters. They are beautiful birds.

Carole M. said...

oh WOW Liz; I'm hoping to find one around here too. Have seen a couple when driving the highway, up on power lines but no-where to pull over - or no camera with me etc. You sure were lucky on the day and what fabulous light and position you had. Bet you could hardly wait for WBW to open up so you could post them

Mary Howell Cromer said...

How beautiful and I love the way you kept after it for a bit, to see where it was going, what it was up too and at least it did not fly far away and you were able to get some wonderful images~

Seeing Each Day said...

You have the best bird locating skills!

Stewart M said...

HI there - what great pictures for the bee-eater edition of WBW!

I've yet to be able to shoot our Australian bee-eaters in good light - I look forward to it!

cheers and thanks for linking to WBW (B-E special!)

Stewart M - Melbourne.

PS: you may like this link.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-22/budgerigars-alice-springs-waterhole/4386156

Wally Jones said...

They say luck is when preparation meets opportunity. Wonderful images of a really beautiful bird! Nice work.

Buttons said...

Oh Liz what a beautiful bird, so colourful. B

Pauline said...

Good to see the locals at Nudgee are still friendly. I don't remember birds that beautiful in my youth but we Nudgeee kids were so noisy they would be long gone - and in those days there was no reserve. These are lovely, lovely shots.

GB said...

Right place, right time and beautiful result.

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