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Blue Tailed Bee-Eater

Blue Tailed Bee-Eater
Photo Information
Copyright: Himanshu Ranade (Xplorer) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 125 W: 13 N: 327] (2187)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-06-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel XT, Canon 75-300 1:4-5.6 III USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-06-25 9:05
Viewed: 2352
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the Blue Tailed Bee-Eater, Merops philippinus. It breeds in southeastern Asia. It is strongly migratory, seen seasonally in much of peninsular India.

This photo was taken on the banks of the Ramganga river, which flows through the Jirna zone of the Corbett National Park. This one had a meal which it promptly took to the small hole of a nest in the sandy bank of the river.

This species, like other bee-eaters, is a richly-coloured, slender bird. It is predominantly green; its face has a narrow blue patch with a black eye stripe, and a yellow and brown throat; the tail is blue and the beak is black. It can reach a length of 23-26 cm, including the two elongated central tail feathers. Sexes are alike.

This is a bird which breeds in sub-tropical open country, such as farmland, parks or ricefields. It is most often seen near large waterbodies. Like other bee-eaters it predominantly eats insects, especially bees, wasps and hornets, which are caught in the air by sorties from an open perch.This species probably takes bees and dragonflies in roughly equal numbers. The insect that are caught are beaten on the perch to kill and break the exoskeleton. This habit is seen in many other members of the coraciiformes order.

These bee-eaters are gregarious, nesting colonially in sandy banks or open flat areas. They make a relatively long tunnel in which the 5 to 7 spherical white eggs are laid. Both the male and the female take care of the eggs. These birds also feed and roost communally. The call is similar to that of the European Bee-eater.

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Hello Himanshu,
great capture of this Bee-Eater with good sharpness and beautiful colours. Lovely details like the little insect in its beak and well chosen vertical format.
Best wishes,

Hello Himanshu,
Thanks for your honest comments on my Yellow-Billed Hornbill. Now to your photo, how lucky can one get to capture not only such a beautiful bird, but with it's catch as well!! Perfect clarity and detail combined with beautiful colours, eye contact, low POV and DOF makes this a excellent composition my friend.
Best regards,

great prey capture, TFS Ori

फारच सुंदर. ह्याचे नाव सार्थक करणारा फोटो.
Nice composition and timing.

  • Great 
  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-06-25 15:25]

It's the eating time for the bee-eater and you take that very very well,fantastic details,bright colors and rich composition too,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

This is an excellent capture of this Bee-Eater. Great sharpness, color and detail.

Impressive scene Himanshu! Impressive photo too. Good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness!

Hello Himanshu,
Another marvelous composition. Wonderful species of birds. It is a perfect photo taken from a good POV. Splendid light......The details are fantastic. I like this nice birds. Bee Eaters are migrating in Europe, also in my country.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Himanshu,
great capture of this Bee-Eater with good sharpness and beautiful colours. good composition and a perfect moment you captured.
best wishes.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-06-29 7:53]

Hello Himanshu,
Very beautiful and sharp detailed photo of this bee-eater with prey. Fine composition.
Enjoy the weekend,

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