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The little one

The little one
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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS USM, Digital ISO 200, Kenko Pro 300 1.4x DG TConv.
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Nature's cutest, Birds of South Africa 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-23 5:37
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Little Bee-eater
Merops pusillus

It is a small, mostly green Bee-eater. As with other Bee-eaters the bill is long, slender and down curved. The bill is black and the feet and legs are dark pinkish. The upperparts are bright green. The underparts and outer flight feathers are a rich orange. The Little Bee-eater has a black collar separating the yellow throat from the orange breast. The centre feathers of the tail are green, and the outer feathers are orange. It has a broad, dark line extending back from the eye, and a turquoise patch just above the eye. Little Bee-eaters are a common species of bushveld, and open woodland, prefers areas with some open ground and reasonably low perches.

Habitat: Woodlands, savannah, rivers.

Distribution: Found in the most eastern parts of South Africa.

Diet: Flying insects especially bees, wasps and hornets.

Socialisation: It is usually seen singly or in small parties, in clearings in the bush. It hawks low down in small forays and quite often returns to the same perch, often with their insect prey which they kill by hitting it on a branch. May roost in larger numbers at night, up to 15 birds sleeping huddled in a row. Migration is limited to seasonal movements depending on rainfall patterns. These birds roost communally, lined up on a tree branch.

Reproduction: Little Bee-eaters nest from September to November. The nests are a small burrow usually 50 to 130cm long, excavated in a low bank or Antbear hole. Unlike most bee-eaters, these are solitary nesters. They lay 4 to 6 spherical white eggs. Both the male and the female take care of the eggs.

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  • PhilC Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 25 N: 117] (551)
  • [2006-10-23 5:48]

Gerhard - this shot is a beaut, it is well focussed, good depth of field and a perfect OOF background. I like it very much. There is little I can say to offer improvement except that I would like to see a crop with the bird slightly off centre and looking into the picture which might look good rather than having the eye dead centre. That said it's brilliant as it is.

Thanks for sharing Phil.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-10-23 5:53]

Hello Gerhart,
Great shot of this colourfull bee eater, the colours are wonderfull, I have seen them a lot, but they are so difficult to take in a shot. So congratulations with this.
Sharpness, POV, BG are great.

Hi Gerhard,
Great to see you posting hee again,and what a wonderful little bird you bring us.
The photo of course is up to youir usual standard.
Perfectly crisp with great light and colour.
Hope you are well.


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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-10-23 6:12]

Hi Gerhardt,

It's really nice to see you posting again on a somewhat regular basis. :) Your new lens is sensational ... :-o This is again a razorsharp image, with excellent colors and perfect composition. They don't get much better than this. Don't you just love these colorful birds? TFS!


Ps-Will send you a mail asap as it has been way too long since we sent our last mails. After our failed forumproject, the regular contact disappeared and I think that's a real shame. :(

what a wonderful shot of the pretty bee-eater, gerhard! :-)
excellently composed with it sitting on the diagonal branch.
perfectly sharp with beautiful strong colors, terrific light
and awesome details on the plumage.
incredible job & take care, thorsten.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-10-23 7:11]

Hi Gerhard!

Fantastic capture my friend! Lovely, diagonal composition with perfect BG. Main subject is clear, colorfull and detailed. Very interesting bird, by the way. I like its pose - it looks curious.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-10-23 7:15]

Hi Gerhard,

An excellent capture,very colorfull and razorsharp,well captured with your tele canon,


500+1.4TC, what a combination.

Brilliant result though, perfect sharpness and cute pose.

Great colours and composition with ideal OOF background.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-10-23 9:01]

Hi Gerhart and welcome back!
Nice to see you posting :)

A really beautiful composition you have here with this lovely colored bea-earter!
The POV is excellent, the sharpness impecable and the DOF is really great, having full focus on the animal and leaving such a nice blurry BG.
Very well framed, too.

Bravo and TFS

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-10-23 9:22]

Hello Gerhard,
A really lovely portrait of this Little Bee-eater, sharp details in a very nice composition.
TFS, Ulla

bonjour gerhard
impossible d'emettre une critique pour ce cliché tellement il est bien realisé,simplement felicitation.

Like it!!
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Hi Gerhard,
this is a great shot of a beautiful bird. The exposure and details are spot on. Lovely colour and very good POV.
How close where to the subject?
Great work.

Hello my friend.
As always I like everything on this shot, colours, lights, focus, but particulaly good is the composition, with a great pose, and the BG with a gradient which makes the image so elegant. Perfect!
About Cristina, we have been two since I started in TN, she shot half of the photos posted. As she is not very good with english, she preffers to stay in the shadow, but I thought it was not fair I got all the merits, so I included her.
BTW: Did you have notice from Marco about your strange fungi?
I already asked you in your previous post, but I think you did not read the question in the middle of so many votes... it does not surprise me, it is a splendid picture of a Baboon with a great note.
Hope you are well too, MF.
Best regards, Felipe.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2006-10-23 12:09]

Absolutely beautiful capture of the little bee eater. What amazing colors he has! The details are wonderful.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-10-23 12:21]
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Hello Gerhard,
What a marvellous capture! This has all the merits of a good shot,esp. the POV, sharpness and BG. The telephoto effect has enlarged the head in proportion to the body and tail ,but it is very effective!
TFS, regards, Ivan

Hi Gerhart,
I just love the red eye being in contrast with the blue and yellow color. It jsut makes it stand out beautifully. Beside that, the details in the feathers are really great. Excellent composition and DOF. Just a really small pitty that the tip of the tails looks a bit softer then the rest.

Hello Gerhard,
beautyful bird and your note is excellent,
very nice colors, perspective, quality and PoV,

Hello Gerhard,
fantastic bird shot here! I like it very much. I never saw this beautiful bird. Excellent POV, framing and wonderful colours. Excellent sharpness, details and very nice bg. I wish it would be mine. ;-) Thank you for posting my friend.

Hi Gerhard,
I love it - wow - fantastic brilliant colours and so sharp, can't be done better!
I like his red eye so much, what a shot - I'm impressed, thanks and many greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-10-23 15:49]

Hi Gerhard

A Superb capture of this wonderful bird, the composition is just lovely with a great watchful pose by the bee-eater, the detail of the feathers is sharp and clean and the colours are so vibrant and beautiful.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-23 15:57]

Hello Gerhard,
Amazing capture.Crisp clear details,lighting,sharpness and composition are excellent.Enjoy your new lens:)(i bought the same one by mistake instead of Nikon)

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-10-23 16:33]

Cute, clear, and crisp capture my old friend.

I like it a lot: composition, DOF, POV, focus, sharpness, lighting, color, framing, background, PP, notes.

I don't like it: nothing.

Stunning presentation
Thank you and regards... Ricardo

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  • Valf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 66 W: 0 N: 120] (522)
  • [2006-10-23 21:41]

Hi Gerhart,
Nice picture. Good composition, sharpness, and DOF.
Regards, Francois

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-10-23 22:08]

Bonjour Gerhard!

Excellente photo,les couleurs de l'oiseau s'harmonise bien avec l'arriere plan et la netteté est parfaite. Bravo pour la pose de l'oiseau sur cette branche et les détails du plumage.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-10-24 2:05]

Hi Gerhard, what a pretty fellow this one is. Those colours are quite amazing. Beautiful sharpness and pose. As usual it is a perfect shot, thank you

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-10-24 2:21]

That is a gorgeous bird, Gerhard. : )
The bee eater is shown with outstanding details and well saturated colors. Perfect light and DOF.
Beautiful composition with lovely BG.
TFS. : )

Hi Gerhard,
WOW! That is absolutely perfect. That big gun 500 and the TC do such a wonderful job isolating the bird from the backround. Beautiful soft light. The colors and detail are amazing. Pefect composition and framing. Great camera work! A 10 out of 10 on my score sheet.


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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2006-10-24 10:02]

what a truely wonderful picture of this little bird. everything is spot on. with the sharpness and composition standing out the most


Hello Gerhard
A wonderful portrait of your green Bee-eater. The ruffled feathers gives the impression he's on the go. Excellent detail, colours and lighting. A nice shot all around. Your notes are interesting too. TFS Janice

Hi Gerhard

Wow... what a little sweetie! You really have a super shot here. Lovely colours, great POV and a perfect OOF BG. The diagonal of the branch adds to the visual impact of the shot. Congrats my friend! Simply brilliant!!

Beautiful shot of this bee eater, it shows its colors off very well and the detail is excellent Gerhard. :)

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