I have an aunt and uncle who own a property near Wagga Wagga, and they recently discovered a Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus) nesting near their house, and invited my parents and I out to see it.
I’ve never seen a Rainbow Bee-eater in person before, so I leapt at the chance, and was not disappointed. We saw the bee-eater flying around and snapping up insects, and it very kindly perched for a few minutes on a tree branch so I could get some photos.
My uncle also showed us two nest holes in the ground nearby, where it has been living. Rainbow Bee-eaters nest in small tunnels dug into the soil, and often form little colonies in river banks and quarry walls. This bee-eater seemed to be living by itself, however, and the tunnel entries were in the ground underfoot. My aunt and uncle have seen the bird emerging directly from the holes though, so they’re pretty certain that’s where it’s nesting.