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Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

Blue-cheeked 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: 2016-01-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-07-27 4:54
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Points: 22
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The Blue-cheeked Bee-eater (Merops persicus) is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family, Meropidae. The genus name Merops is Ancient Greek for "bee-eater", and persicus is Latin for "Persian".

It breeds in Northern Africa, and the Middle East from eastern Turkey to Kazakhstan and India. It is generally strongly migratory, wintering in tropical Africa, although some populations breed and live year round in the Sahel. This species occurs as a rare vagrant north of its breeding range, with most vagrants occurring in Italy and Greece.

This species, like other bee-eaters, is a richly-coloured, slender bird. It is predominantly green; its face has blue sides with a black eye stripe, and a yellow and brown throat; the beak is black. It can reach a length of 31 cm, with the two elongated central tail feathers adding another 7 cm. Sexes are mostly alike but the tail-streamers of the female are shorter.
This is a bird which breeds in sub-tropical semi-desert with a few trees, such as acacia. It winters in open woodland or grassland. 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. However, this species probably takes more dragonflies than any other food item. Its preferred hunting perch is telephone wires if available.

Blue-cheeked bee-eaters may nest solitarily or in loose colonies of up to ten birds. They may also nest in colonies with European bee-eaters. The nests are located in sandy banks, embankments, low cliffs or on the shore of the Caspian Sea. They make a relatively long tunnel of 1 to 3 m in length in which the four to eight (usually six or seven), spherical white eggs are laid. Both the male and the female take care of the eggs, although the female alone incubates them at night. Incubation takes 23–26 days.
The call sounds 'flatter' and less 'fluty' than the European Bee-eater.

Two subspecies are recognized:
• Merops persicus persicus - Breeds in Asia, winters in East and Southern Africa
• Merops persicus chrysocercus - Breeds in North Africa, winters in West Africa.
This species is closely related to Blue-tailed Bee-eater, M. philippinus of East Asia, and the Olive Bee-eater of Africa, and has been treated as being the same species (conspecific).

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Peter

Excellent image of this Merops in adiagonal classical align, great sharpness and details, excellent clarity, nvery nice natural colors, very beautiful bluish BG contrasting the image colors.



Nice picture of this Bee Eater from your visit, Peter.
The composition with the bird perched on a thorny twig is beautiful.

hallo Peter
Mooie compositie met die blauwe lucht op de achtergrond
super scherp en prachtige kleuren
bedankt gr lou

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

Nice capture of Green Bee Eater.
A life size picture..
Nice contrast against blue sky.
Thanks for sharing

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-07-27 13:13]

Hi Peter,magnificent capture of this bee eater from Gambia,perfect pose,fine details and bright metallic colors typical of this specie,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Ha Peter,

Prachtig shot van deze bijeneter

TFS Thijs

Hello Peter,
Great image. Excellent details and focus. Indeed a rare moment......
Beautiful image in splendid colors. It is a lovely Bee Eater specie very well captured.
Thanks for sharing!

hello Peter,
une composition d'une très belle qualité: couleurs, netteté, position au sommet de la branche.

Hello Peter,
Beautiful colored Bee eater. Well captured against blue sky. Good focus and sharpness.
Thanks for showing,

Thank you very much for your comment on my last picture. Yes, now I can reach far (smile) and getting good color and details. But it's heavy! I don't like to use Tripod, so I think I need to do exercise to handle this lens long time (smile).
Now just capturing picture in yard. It'll take time....

Hi Peter,

The branch is helping to frame the bird. The point of view is showing the details of the Blue-cheeked Bee-eater. the good luminosity is enha cing the colors. Have a nice day.


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