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Old Dec 31, 2010, 5:46 AM   #1
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I had a bit of spare time the other day and went to Whiteman park to check out the honeyeaters and hopefully get some photos, when i saw this fly past, and was i surprised


a rainbow bee eater
i kept watching to see where they landed and hopefully get some still shots


the male


i did find a honeyeater, New Holland honyeater


and a crow (Australian raven)


i did find the bee eaters nest (a tunnel in the ground) but they wouldnt go near it while i was around
so i left
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Old Dec 31, 2010, 6:10 AM   #2
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Wow. Great pictures!!

I relly like the rich colors and detail.
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Old Dec 31, 2010, 8:55 AM   #3
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very nice shots, the rainbow bee eater is similar in color to a little bird we see here in Michigan in July, a ceder waxwing, just couldn't get close
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Good series John - #3 especially is lovely and #1 is a brilliant demonstration of the amazing wings and tail of this bird. I hadn't even heard of it until I saw some Bulgarian guy's shots just a few hours ago !

Was this taken with your *60-250 ?
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Great photos!..I love seeing birds photographed that I have and probably will not ever see.Thanks for the oppurtunity..
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Nice captures, John!
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A fascinating collection - well photographed, too. You have the most interesting looking birds, so often ours are either grey or brown and not at all interesting like this.
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Great shots with fantastic detail.
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thanks everyone for the comments
i was surprised how close i could get to the bee eaters, but as you can probably tell these are crops, the lens was the f4 DA* 300mm, i am really happy with this lens it gives great detail ( i am certain it would be better on a K5 lol)
we do have our share of grey/brown indistinct birds plus a large amount of small grey/brown mammals that look like rats or mice (LBJ's little brown jobs lol )
Kaska if you want to see these you need to be here in summer as they are summer visitors to Perth, of course you still have to find them, it was pure luck i found these 2

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Thanks so much for sharing these great photos of some amazing birds! Excellent color and detail, and great composition too!
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