Rainbow Bee-eaters

To: Russ Lamb <>, Dominic Funnell <>, birding-aus threads <>
Subject: Rainbow Bee-eaters
From: martin cachard <>
Date: Thu, 9 May 2013 09:59:12 +1030
Hi Dom,
I would hazard to guess that the increased numbers of Rainbow Bee-eaters around 
Cairns would be due to probably 2 things...

Firstly there are many birds from more southern parts of the country that 
regularly winter up here that would be arriving the past month or so, & this 
combined with very many young first year birds that we see up here en-masse 
after summer, could probably be just 2 reasons why you are seeing more birds 
than normal.
The dune scrubs along the Northern Beaches suburbs of Cairns (Yorkey's Knob is 
one of these for those reading not from the area) are a major breeding area for 
the species, with a great deal of the birds burrowing into very flat sandy 
ground behind the beaches - indeed many nest on nature strips in the streets 
one or 2 blocks back from the beaches!!

We are very fortunate to have such a beautiful species up here in such numbers 
in out streets!!

Cheers for now,
Martin Cachard

> From: 
> To: ; 
> Date: Wed, 8 May 2013 19:32:26 +1000
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Rainbow Bee-eaters
> Dominic,
>              The largest flock I've ever seen was only 30 birds, and that 
> was over 20 years ago in SA.
>              But a couple of folk attending last Saturday's outing of 
> BirdLife Sunshine Coast reported seeing a flock of around 200 Rainbow 
> Bee-eaters at Dulong, a few kms west of Nambour,
> in the previous week.
> Russ Lamb, Maleny,SEQ

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