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Carmine Bee-eater

Carmine Bee-eater
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Copyright: ronny hole (ronnyho) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 16 W: 0 N: 80] (556)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-01-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-02-24 1:28
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Still sharing bird photos from my holiday in Selous National Park in Tanzania.

THis time I give you the Carmine Bee-eater.This species, like other bee-eaters, is a richly colored, slender bird, predominantly carmine in color, except for a greenish blue head and throat and distinctive black mask. This species has red eyes, a black, pointed, decurved beak, and elongated central tail feathers.
The sexes are similar in appearance, and the juveniles can be distinguished from adults by their lack of elongated central tail feathers and the pinkish brown coloration of their mantle, chest to belly, and flanks.

They nest in large colonies in cliffs, usually near river banks, where they use their bills to dig long horizontal nesting tunnels, often eight feet or more in length. Three to five eggs are laid per clutch.

Their diet is made up primarily of bees and other flying insects, such as grasshoppers and locusts. The main hunting strategy of bee-eater is to keep watch for flying insects from a perch, and then snatch them out of the air using their beaks, before returning to the perch.

Size 37cm.

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Wow, a great portrait of this colourful bee-eater. Red bird and green back - perfect.
best regards

Hi Ronny!
Another stunning shot, this time of this beautiful, beautiful bee-eater from Tanzania. Superb clarity and details.Loved it,
Thanks for sharing,
Best Regards,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2014-02-24 5:15]

Beautiful and colorful species...fine capture with good background. tfs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-02-24 5:27]

Hello Ronny,
A photo of this Carmine Bee-eater in fantastic clarity and splendid colours. Great timing. Ecellent sharpness, details and composition. Nice contrasting background.

Brilliant capture again of a beautiful bird from Tanzania, Ronny.
Razor sharp focus, rich colours and a lovely composition.
Thanks for sharing this outstanding bird image.

Hello Ronny,
Absolutely amazing capture with splendid natural colors and perfect focus. The light is great. Incredible sharp details. Great capture of a lovely specie. It is the best image I have seen with this specie.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Ronny,

Beautiful capture with blur background.
Never seen before this bee-eater.


Hello Roony,
No doubt a beautiful photograph.Excellent details and light with eye-catching composition.Like it.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

SUPER!!!!shot Ronny
Great shot with BEAUTIFUL colours
i like this bird never seen before
thanks greeting lou

striking capture of a striking bird, TFS Ori

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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2014-02-24 14:52]

Very well chosen that light ocher background to highlight the colors of this beautiful Merops nubicus. The square frame has been cleverly chosen to place the bird in the center and make room on the diagonal of its long tail. Congratulations, Ronny!

From Argentina,
Hernán Bortondello

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-02-24 15:39]

Waaw Ronny!!! Another fantastic new page from your tanzanian trip! What a beautiful red bee eater,and what a spectacular capture with the best details and bright colors,i like it!!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hi again
Another beauty on Your gallery.You are shooting from a shelter right?
Perfect pose perched on Your studio :)...Fantastic colors and impressive sharpness.Very beautiful and appropriate blurred BG.
Thank You.
Best regards

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