Rainbow bee-eaters eating my bees.

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GregL
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Rainbow bee-eaters eating my bees.

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Apart from one brief possible sighting I have never seen bee-eaters at my place, or anywhere else before. last year I got a bee hive and that did the trick. This morning there was a flock of bee-eaters waiting for the bees.

dwatsonbb
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Hi Greg, I think that is fantastic. Are you happy they have turned up, or annoyed they're taking your bees? I would happily get a bee hive, if we had these guys down here in Tassie. Obviously you have provided a food source, and they seem happy. Thanks for posting.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

Woko
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Most interesting, Greg. I think I read that Rainbow Bee Eaters also take a variety of insects as well as bees.

Great looking habitat, too!

GregL
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Dale, I'm happy because I have never seen bee-eaters before and they are beautiful. I do hape they don't eat all the bees, I think they are just pausing on their migration.

Amson
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Where are you Greg? This is wonderful to see.

GregL
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Sorry for the delay replying Amson, I have been offline. I am north of Bathurst NSW.

Amson
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Thanks!

GregL
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Today the flock of rainbow bee-eaters turned up again, this time they must be headed north.I am pleased they seem to have chosen my farm as a good stopping-off place on their migration. They didn't hang around the beehive but were feeding around some E. viminalis that are flowering now, eating bees and insects feeding on the flowers.

Hopefully in future they might decide to stop and breed here if they like it so much.

Woko
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Greg, the several places I've seen them nesting have been in reasonably firm, sandy soil. Got any of that?

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