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Rainbow Bee-eater

Rainbow Bee-eater
Photographed byBill Harding on Mon 2nd Jul, 2018 and uploaded on Sun 25th Nov, 2018 .
Resolution1400x1050
Viewed36
ID32822
CommentI ticked the “Display” keyword when posting this image. At first I thought the bird was simply preening and perhaps having a good wing and tail stretch at the end of the session – but several times he would fly off for a few seconds and then return and adopt the same pose. A female bird was perched to the right of him (just out of view). I then formed the opinion that he might have been performing some sort of display ritual to attract the female. I would be interested to know if anyone could confirm that this is a common display ritual amongst Rainbow Bee-eaters.
EquipmentCanon 7D Mark II with Canon EF 100-400 f4.56 – 5.6 IS II USM lens at 400mm, 1/640 sec, f9, ISO 640 on tripod.
LocationHervey Bay (Queensland)
Keywordsmale, adult, display
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