|Rainbow Bee-eater fights the cold in Southern Australia|
Caught out by unseasonal – and unaccustomed – cold, this Rainbow Bee-eater family turned up in our backyard on a freezing spring morning in October.
Huddling together to maximise the rays of the rising sun – and their body heat – the row of seven little jewel-like birds (count the beaks!) looked far less comfortable than when we'd seen them in Northern Australia a couple of months beforehand.
We generally know its getting warmer when the bee-eaters appear.
Although, we have also been known to be able to tell it's getting warmer when the temperature rises!
Australia's only bee-eater, this spectacularly colourful bird - arguably Australia's most photographed -migrates south once the weather starts warming up at the start of the Southern Hemisphere spring to breed.
|Rainbow Bee-eater, Roebuck Bay, Broome, Western Australia|
After a summer of love, they return to the warmer northern climate at the start of autumn in March or April to escape the southern Australian winter cold.
Where we're often lucky enough to spot them during OUR northern migration!
But while we're joining them in escaping the winter cold, I'm not so sure about the mating season ...
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