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Little Bee-eater

Little Bee-eater
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-01-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-03-31 4:20
Viewed: 1649
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Little Bee-eater from the other side, Luciano.
Photo taken in the late afternoon.

The Little Bee-eater (Merops pusillus) is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. It is resident in much of sub-Saharan Africa. It should not be confused with the Little Green Bee-eater, Merops orientalis. Migration is limited to seasonal movements depending on rainfall patterns.

This species, like other bee-eaters, is a richly coloured, slender bird. It has green upper parts, yellow throat, black gorget, and rich brown upper breast fading to buffish ocre on the belly. The wings are green and brown, and the beak is black. It reaches a length of 1517 cm, which makes it the smallest African bee-eater. Sexes are alike. Often silent, their call is a soft "seep."

This is an abundant and tame bird, familiar throughout its range. There have been estimated to be between 60-80 million little bee-eaters. It breeds in open country with bushes, preferably near water. Just as the name suggests, bee-eaters predominantly eat insects, especially bees, wasps and hornets, which are caught in the air by sorties from an open perch. This species often hunts from low perches, maybe only a metre or less high. Before eating its meal, a bee-eater removes the sting by repeatedly hitting the insect on a hard surface.

Unlike most bee-eaters, these are solitary nesters, making a tunnel in sandy banks, or sometimes in the entrance to an Aardvark den. They lay 4 to 6 spherical white eggs. Both the male and the female take care of the eggs. These birds roost communally, lined up on a tree branch.

Source: Wikipedia

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hallo Peter
mooie compositie van deze kleine beien eter
goed van scherpte en prachtige (goed dat je het erbij zet)late zonlicht is altijd anders van kleur
kleuren zijn super mooi
gr lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-03-31 8:42]

Hi Peter,perfect timing to post this pic,now the member can see the side A of this bird too after my post..ehehe..the pic is beautiful,perfect pose,warm colors and very good sharpness despite the distance and the difficult evening light,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter,
Nice capture. Focus, details and clarity are great.
It is a high quality image. It is a lovely and interesting Bee Eater specie.
Thanks for sharing.

হ্যলো পিটার,
বিকেলের অসামান্য অালোর ছটা অার দৃস্টিনন্দন কম্পোজিসান টোনার এই ফটোগ্রাফটির মূল চাবিকাঠি। ব্যাকগ্রাউন্ড-এর রং সত্যই অপূর্ব।
ধন্যবাদ ছবিটার জন্য

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-03-31 18:50]

Hello Peter,
An attractive shot of this beautiful Bee-eater. Nice eye contact with a bit of catchlight. Composition is wonderful and exposure is perfect with no blown out areas. I like the clean blurred BG. Well done!!

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2016-03-31 22:19]

Hi Peter
Beautiful bird, nicely photographed.

great light ! greetings Ori

This species of Bee Eater from Gambia is better looking than the one we see here in India, Peter.
You have captured the subtle colours on it with great dexterity.

Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely bird with fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2016-04-03 9:41]

Hi Peter,
Beautiful light and colours. Nice composition and excellent sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Peter

Beautiful photo of the Little Bee-eater with fine POV and framing,
excellent focus, sharpness, details, beautiful light and color tones, TFS


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