Thought I should report my recent exp with this species; many hundreds possibly
thousands calling from really high (not visible) even with cursory use of bins
but calls very distinctive - birds calling for at least 20 mins on 30th April
over south Lismore
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On 09/05/2013, at 9:29 AM, martin cachard <> wrote:
> 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
>> To: ;
>> Date: Wed, 8 May 2013 19:32:26 +1000
>> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Rainbow Bee-eaters
>> 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