bee-eater

unlikely duo

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Most birds tend to keep their distance from other species unless they are protecting their young, but this Rainbow Bee-eater and White-cheeked Honeyeater were quite content to share the same perch while they took in the sights.

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rainbow bee-eater

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P1090790Bee-eaters wait patiently to catch insects and dragonflies in midair.

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The Rainbow Bee-eater is 23cm and eats stinging insects an dragonflies in midair and likes to hang around in small groups. They nest in long tunnels in sand banks and lay 4-7 white eggs. This one is an adult – the red eye and the black neck patch gives it away.