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Red-throated Bee-eater

Red-throated 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: 2016-01-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1600 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-02-24 7:32
Viewed: 1992
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

The Red-throated Bee-eater is about 24 cm. Sexes are alike.

Highly gregarious. Most frequent along the freshwater reaches of the river, where intense feeding activity takes place just after dawn and towards the end of the daylight hours. Forages from high riverside trees and overhanging tangled vegetation. Also visits established gardens and hunts from telegraph wires.

A ‘wip’ call of varying intensity uttered continuously throughout the day during all activities. Greeting call is an excited trill.

Common to occasionally very abundant breeding resident from Gambia/Senegal to South Sudan, just south of the Sahara.

Tunnels in quarries, sandy riverbanks and storm wash-outs. Breeds in closely-packed ‘pepper-pot’ colonies in vertical banks.

Parts of the book: Birds of The Gambia and Senegal by Clive Barlow and Tim Wacher.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-02-24 9:09]

Hi Peter,a first time is always a great satisfaction!! Great capture of this colorful bee eater,the best light on the body to take the best colors,impressive sharpness too! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hi Peter,
I have seen this pretty bee-eater in both Ghana and Uganda. Nice to see it from your great post. Focus, colors and exposure very nice. Thanks for sharing. Best wishes.

Hello Peter,
Congratulation for showing us a new species here in TN. Very well captured and very good quality. Excellent color and details too. I would like to know, if you don't mind.....
(1) How many cameras and lenses have you used in Gambia Trip?
(2)Did you go out with your all Camera and lenses? I can see you used Sigma 135-400mm and Tamron 150-600mm.
(3) Have you used Tripod or mono pod?
(4) How many memory card have you carried during your trip? Or any different way, you preserved you RAW files?
(5) Approximately, how many photographs have you captured during your photography tour?
Thanks for sharing,

hallo peter
super mooie rode keel heeft deze bijeneter
en goed scherp genomen

weer een aanwinst op TN
bedankt gr lou

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2016-02-24 14:16]

Hi Peter
Interesting and rare indeed.
The bird and the diagonal branch make a superb composition.


painfully beautiful, greetings Ori

Hello Peter, I have been rather inactive on TN for some time and I am glad to see that you are still here. Too many of our good photographers have left. Congratulations with this first species on TN. Quality, as usual, is excellent and it is a real pleasure to view. Well done.

Hello Peter
Thanks for sharing this very colourful Bee-eater for the first time on TN. Excellent composition, colour and tac sharp. He really is a gorgeous bird. Great notes too.
Have a great day!

Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely bee eater in nice pose, fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2016-02-27 7:29]

Hallo Peter,
Fantastic colorful bee-eater ..
Excellent colours and details for this beautiful bird.
Have a nice weekend,

Hello Peter,
Impressive list of equipment.....and a lot of photos....Great work and the results are fantastic. This is a wonderful colorful specie. Congratulation for the great quality and information about this specie.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2016-02-28 4:31]

Hi Peter,
Gorgeous colored bird with nice composition and in amazing colors.
Excellent sharpness.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Peter

Fine POV where you obtain a expressive and lovely eye-contact,
being framed diagonally with the branch it gives dynamism to the image, TFS


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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2016-03-06 15:47]

Hola Peter, no conocía esta bella especie, me gusta la percha, entorno, composición, luz y color...saludos.

Hello Peter,
a contribution from you that is wonderful in every aspect.
In its clearness and precision of details, the gentle touch of well shaping light on the bee-eater's very attractive bright coloured feathers, the elegance of its pose with a charmingly turned head, and the superb rhythm of composition with the branch crossing the image diagonally in smooth motion - just superb. Thank you!
With best regards,

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