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Dr. Annette Marner

Writer & Photographer


The Colours of Spring and Summer – Rainbow Bee Eaters


As a writer, poet, and in more recent years, a dedicated photographer, I have been fortunate enough to spend much of my life in the Southern Flinders Ranges of South Australia which is rich in wildlife especially birds.

It is one of my great joys (whenever I can) to observe the indigenous birdlife, to learn about their needs and their behaviours across the seasons, how they interact with their own kind, other species and the plant life of the Flinders.

When the weather warms, the beautiful Rainbow Bee Eaters arrive from the north to make their nests. They are extraordinary fliers capable of catching insects such as dragonflies on the wing. These birds are attracted to areas that have clean water where insects (an important food supply) can breed, and trees that can provide resting and launch sites for their flights to feed. These birds often seem attracted to the high bare branches that offer a good view of the surroundings.

I hope you enjoy my photo.