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Rainbow Bee Eater

Rainbow Bee Eater

Lee Point, nr Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. 4 October 2017
EOS 7D mk II with EF 100-400mmf5.6 II & x1.4TC

On the morning of this photo, we had an early start to depart on a morning flight from Singapore to Darwin, which arrived mid afternoon. With a quick passage through the airport and an efficient collection of our hire car and check in at our nearby hotel, we found there was still an hour or two of daylight left, on a gloriously sunny evening - a welcome contrast from an often wet and usually cloudy Singapore.

Hence we drove the short distance to Lee Point where I started to try to get to grips with Australian birds! Wandering along a track that ran parallel with coast, I encountered this superb Bee Eater just as the sun was getting very low in the sky. Unlike its European counterparts, this one was reasonably obliging, and so I began a cautious approach where I started by getting the light behind me. I managed to get reasonably close and could have probably got somewhat closer but just after this photo was taken a couple of people on bicycles went nosily past, whereupon the bird promptly departed!  Even with the x1.4TC on the lens, this image has cropped quite well. I like the clean background and the golden light on the barbed stick the bird is perched on.

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