Blue Tailed Bee Eater (draw a bird day)

bridge of wings
joyful rainbow dance
feathered light
into fields of energy
embodied spirit

Bee eaters are, not surprisingly, often called rainbow birds. The blue tailed bee eater is a resident of South and Southeast Asia, preferring open habitats near water. Like swallows, they eat insects on the wing, especially bees, wasps, hornets, and dragonflies. During breeding season they also eat shells and sand for calcium.

Bee eaters live in extended families of up to four generations in complex social systems of 100-200 birds. Known for their cooperative behavior, they build their nests in tunnels in sand banks, alternating between being breeders and helpers from season to season. This ensures that more chicks survive to adulthood.

Once again I’ve used Colleen’s #TankaTuesday #Taste the Rainbow prompt to write a shadorma about this beautiful and colorful bird.

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24 responses to “Blue Tailed Bee Eater (draw a bird day)”

  1. D. Wallace Peach says :

    Beautiful bird, poem, and artwork, Kerfe. Thanks for the introduction to the blue-tailed bee-eater and for sharing a bit about it. Lovely response to the prompt. 🙂

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  2. merrildsmith says :

    Beautiful words and images to describe this bird: “skysinging
    feathered light .” From your description they do sound joyful.

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  3. Claudia McGill says :

    I love everything about this bird. And what a beautiful image you have made.

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  4. Lisa says :

    Pretty image of a pretty bird. I like the skysinging image.

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  5. robertawrites235681907 says :

    Your pictures are really beautiful, Kerfe. I would love to draw like this. A gorgeous poem, as always.

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  6. neil reid says :

    I do like your bird day. Nothing of such color here. But still… standing on the balcony this morn, nothing much in sight, no rabbit or even a cat. Near disappointed, but then three garden variety birds harvesting from the garden below. Reminding me, not “empty” after all.

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  7. Ingrid says :

    Such joyful colours and motions lift the spirit!

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  8. Colleen Chesebro: WordCraftPoetry says :

    “Skysinging…feathered light,” this is the true beauty of birds. What a beautiful bird. It’s easy to understand why they call them rainbow birds. They look graceful too!

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  9. D.L. Finn, Author says :

    Beautiful poem and birds. I loved learning more about them too.

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  10. kittysverses says :

    Lovely poem, info and drawing, K. 🙂

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