Rainbow Bee-eaters

To: martin cachard <>
Subject: Rainbow Bee-eaters
From: Bob Moffatt <>
Date: Thu, 9 May 2013 10:17:38 +1000
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
Bob moffatt

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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
> Cairns
>> 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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