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Green Bee-eater

Green Bee-eater
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Copyright: Liezel Dsouza (ldsouza) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 101 W: 25 N: 218] (1369)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D, Canon 500mm f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Green Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-01 10:40
Viewed: 4104
Points: 18
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I got this little guy in a joggers park in Jodhpur. He was not shy at all ... I got pretty close to him, taking a couple of shots, then moving closer, taking shots and then closer still (moving tripod and all).

At a point, I did not dare go closer, then he flew off the branch, around my feet, picked up a bee, smacked it against the branch and proceeded to swallow it. He has just swallowed it here.

I did take shots of him smacking the bee which I will post later.

The feathers of this bird when in flight are even more breath taking than he is .. but, I was not quick enough to get him in flight. Oh well ...

Some technical details on the little guy:

The Little Green Bee-eater, is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. It is resident in a belt across sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal and The Gambia to Ethiopia, the Nile valley, western Arabia and Asia through India to Vietnam.

This species, like other bee-eaters, is a richly coloured, slender bird. It always has green upper parts, but the head and underpart colours vary widely depending on the race. Thus, southeast Asian birds have rufous crown and face, and green underparts, whereas Arabian breeders have a green crown, blue face and bluish underparts. The wings are green and the beak is black. It reaches a length of 16-18 cm, including the two elongated central tail feathers. These elongated tail feathers are absent in juveniles. Sexes are alike.

This is an abundant and fairly tame bird, familiar throughout its range. It is a bird which breeds in open country with bushes. Just as the name suggests, bee-eaters predominantly eat insects, especially bees, wasps and ants, which are caught in the air by sorties from an open perch. This species often hunts from low perches, maybe only a metre or less high. They readily make use of fence wires and electric wires. Before eating its meal, a bee-eater removes the sting by repeatedly hitting the insect on a hard surface.

Unlike most bee-eaters, these are often solitary nesters, making a tunnel in sandy banks. The breeding pairs are often joined by helpers. They sometimes form small colonies, or nest near other bee-eaters. They lay 4 to 8 spherical white eggs. Both the male and the female take care of the eggs. These birds roost communally, lined up on a tree branch. The call is a soft trill.

A study showed that Little Green Bee-eaters are capable of putting themselves in the place of other animals. They were able to predict whether a predator at a particular location would be capable of spotting their nest entrance and behaving appropriately. The ability to look from another's point of view was usually believed to be possessed only by the primates.

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2007-03-01 10:51]

Bela foto,muito bem tirada e aproximação satisfatória,as cores do passaro são muito linda,está de parabéns.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-03-01 11:36]

Hi Liezel

Nice shot - good DOF and lovely colours. The eye, especially, is great. I know how difficult Bee-eaters are to photograph. They usually fly off before I can get them. James

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-03-01 12:07]

Gorgeous shot, Liezel!!
Excellent in sharpness, colors, DOF, POV, lighting... everything. A really stunning beauty!
My compliments and thank you very much for sharing.
Best wishes

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  • oki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 79 W: 10 N: 114] (587)
  • [2007-03-01 12:38]

Hi Liezel,
an amazing colorful picture! Bee-eaters are always very nice birds, with their very elegant form. The text was also bery informative,
thanks and congratulations,

Cześc Liezel,
Świetne zdjęcie z niesamowitymi kolorami. Bardzo dobra kompozycja, całośc sprawia wrażenie delikatności jak sam ptak. Very nice.

Regards from Poland - BratAni

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2007-03-01 14:21]

Hi Liezel,
I see you've managed to capture one of our friends in good composition and details,
a different B/G for me here looks great nice colour balance,
Cheers :D

A bright image, Liezel
I like the 'light and shadow' play on the plumage...

Hello Liezel,
You were very kind to look at my recent picture and leave your comment. Thanks!

Your image of the Green Bee-eater you shot in Jodhpur is a pleasure to look at. An unobstructed point of view and that delicately colored bokeh BG including the branches of the tree, make the bird stand out beautifully.
TFS and take care.
A wonderful composition

bonjour Liezel,

très belle prise de vue superbe cadrage et couleurs bravo


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