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Little bee-eater

Little bee-eater
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): Bee Eaters, jmp *3, Vanderschelden's Africa, Birds of South Africa 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-04 6:28
Viewed: 5667
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 94
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the Little bee eater. I think it is an adult male. Compared to the other Bee eaters in Kruger(Southern carmine, European bee eater, White-fronted bee-eater, blue-cheeked bee-eater) it is smaller in size.
If I remember well I spotted it only once and what I'm quite sure about is that this one is the only image of this Bee eater subspecies in my library. Developed it and this is the result...
Hope you like it. Have a great day.

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Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
11/10/2007 11:20:14
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM +1.4x
Focal Length
560,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
White Balance
AF mode
One-Shot AF
Picture Style

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Great shot and colors! It's amazing.

great-sharp capture, TFS Ori

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-04 6:43]

Hallo Annick,
Door de egale donkere achtergrond komen de kleuren van deze bijeneter schitterend naar voren. En dat met de gebruikelijke scherpte in een erg goede compositie.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-02-04 6:50]

Amazing detail, Annick!
It's so bright and cute. Wonderful shot!

Hi Annick
Superb capture of this cute little bee eater
Amazing color and the detail is so crisp and clear tfs jon

Hi Annick,

Great shot of this rare bird! The colors, sharpness and background are perfect, the composition and POV are very good. The overall impression could be even better without this protruding branch, but birds do not ask us where to rest! Thank you,


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-02-04 6:55]

Hi Annick,
excellent colours and detail 0f this very pretty bird, your DOF and exposure are as perfect as always, very well done.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-02-04 6:55]

Ha Annick,

Een zeer fraai portret van deze kleine maar zeer kleurige vogel,hij staat er fraai op met een mooie OOF achtergrond,


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-04 7:00]

Hello Annick,
My last points today go to this little beauty!
Wonderful close capture showing very fine details and colours. It looks lovely against the soft grey background. Brilliant work!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-02-04 7:06]

Hello Annick
Beautiful species that I had never seen before.Very very image image whit fantastic details from the plumage.Well composed image and nice colors..
TFS Michel

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-04 7:13]

Hello Annick,
Great capture of this puffed up little beauty. Technically this shot of the Little bee-eater is superb and taken from an excellent POV against a pleasing BG.
I have seen the W. African subspecies in Gambia but that was long before I became digital!
Thanks for sharing this one,

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-02-04 7:18]

Hello Annick
How cute the bird and how fantastic the shot! I love the POV and composition with so good focus and good DOF.
Really beautiful.
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing.
My best regards

Hello Annick,

Perfect shot of this bee-eater. Great sharpness and superb colours. The POV is excellent.
Well done,

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-02-04 7:56]

Hi Annick,

This is a very nice capture of the bee-eater. Your photo has such beautiful colors not to mention the sharp clear image of the bird.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-04 7:58]

Hola Annick.
Esta es una muy buena foto. Maravillosos colores y exelente nitidez.
Fina pose

Bonjour Annick,
De nouveau une excellente contribution! Très net, avec un de belles couleurs et un beau bokeh. L'arrière-plan gris met très bien en valeur l'oiseau avec son plumage si coloré.

Hi Annick,
Very nice bee eater image. The colors are very plasing and sharp image. Some how, the twig on the body, is disturbing. Don't you think so?

bonjour annick
l'oiseau est deja tres beau mais en plus on voit le detail de toutes les plumes!

Hello Annick,
Very beatiful close up of this little cutie!
best DOF with total sharpness, vivid colour and details all round!
a very pleasing composition
well done
best regards

What a smashing shot of this little and colorful bird, Annick!
Well done and TFS

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-02-04 9:05]

Perfect shot,Annick!
Sharpness,details and colors are Excellent.TFS

Ha Annick,

Prachtig shot van deze Merops pusillus
Uitstekende kleuren, compo, POV en DOF

TFS Thijs

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-02-04 9:36]

hi annick,
excellently captured...beautiful picture..
very nice details.

Beautiful image of this Bee-eater Annick.
The colors, feather detail, pose are all excellent.
TFS, Richard


I like this bee-eater,
Wonderful colors and great comp,
Very well done,


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-04 10:53]

Hi Annick

Great detail and colour. This is a really excellent shot - I find these birds very difficult to photograph.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-04 10:57]

Hi Annick. Such a cute looking Bee eater this one. It has some beautiful colours which you have captured so well . your sharp focusing has given fine detail . a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS.

very nice capture.the colors are wonderful and the sharpness is great!

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-02-04 12:59]

Hi Annick,
A really wonderful photo of this so cute litte bee-eater. Colours, light, details, pose... Congratulations on this portrait.
TFS, José M.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-02-04 13:09]

Hi Annick
very good sharp of this cute little bee eater
very nice composition and colors
well done

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2008-02-04 13:30]

Wonderful detailed capture! Very well isolated from the bg.
Pretty vibrant colors! Bravo! Cheers, Klaus

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  • thijs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 1 N: 104] (529)
  • [2008-02-04 13:39]

Hoi Annick

Prachtige weergave van deze bijeneter. De kleuren komen geweldig uit, en dit wordt nog eens versterkt door de achtergrond. Goede DoF en PoV. Goed gedaan!

TFS, Thijs

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-04 13:39]

Hi Annick

It even seems small, just by looking at the picture :)
Still, i think the timing here is exceptional and also the side POV is great!
The details are superb as usual, while the shallow DOF - "an old favorite of mine" - worked excellently again.
Great compo and spot-on exposure, too.

Bravo and TFS

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-02-04 15:41]

Hi Annick,

Excellent sharpness on this cute little bee eater. Amazing vivid colours and superb details in the plumage. It's a pleasure to look at him! Congratulations!


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-02-04 19:37]

Oh, what a darling he is. I love the details and colours of the feathers, and especially his eye-shadow. I like how he's standing on the branch - well captured

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-05 3:33]

Wow what a shot Annick!!
Beautiful colours!
Excellent detail and sharpness.
Pin-point focusing.
Well done,

This is certainly a different Bee Eater from the one I have shot in India recently, Annick.
It has a lovely patch of colour on the neck and other brighter colours.
The image is excellent in all respects.

Hello Annick,
Enjoy viewing this Bee Eater picture very much. Color clarity and plumage details are wonderful. TFS this fine image.

A lovely rendering of a Bee-eater Annick, the sharp image fills the frame nicely with fine details of plumage and coloration. Wish that branch towards the camera was not there, but well...
p. later...

Nice work Annick..Amazing colors!
Sharp and detailed, what beautiful birds these R :)
Very well done,

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2008-02-05 5:28]

Hi Annick,
Geweldig plaatje van deze kleurvolle bijeneter, heel mooi zeker met de blauwe oogschaduw.

Hi Annick, lovely little bird with splendid colors, great details and excellent sharpness, perfect focus, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-05 5:57]

Hi Annick,
I will be back later with a proper critique. Sorry friend.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-05 17:20]

Hello Annick,
Who put the blue eye shadow on that bird. Outstanding details and colors on this sharp image of a very colorful species. Superb work once again my friend.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-06 8:29]

Well, what can I say? Perfect ! That's it and that's all! :-) Congrats!


Amazing photo and beautiful colors on this little Bee-eater. Just a wonderful shot!

Hi Annick

Your gallery is magnificent! I would love to see a Bee Eater for real. Nice work as always. :-)

Hello Annick,
I like the colours in this little fellow!
Don't think we have green birds at all around my place, hehehe...
Amazing details in the plumage, accurate DoF isolates the subject so well!
Pablo -

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