Rainbow Bee-eater entering nest

ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR

Migrating from the far north, the Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus) arrives in southern Australia each spring to excavate subterranean nests in dry grasslands. They acrobatically snatch a variety of flying insects on the wing and deliver them to their hungry chicks. Reducing numbers of key introduced predators will help improve the species’ failing numbers – Foxes gobbled up 80% of the Bee-eaters and chicks at this lake in 2008.

Lake Gwelup, Western Australia

Canon 40D EXIF, Canon 400mm f5.6L, 1/4000, f5.6, ISO 320

by Wayne Eddy, Western Australia