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Blue tailed bee eater

Blue tailed bee eater
Photo Information
Copyright: Satish Hanumantha Rao (satish_h) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 115 W: 0 N: 1261] (7630)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D-200, Sigma 100-300 f/4 EX HSM
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-17 9:20
Viewed: 3439
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Blue-tailed Bee-eater, Merops philippinus is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. It breeds in southeastern Asia. It is strongly migratory.

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.
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.

I took this picture from the car and have used 1.4X converter. Hand held shot. These are quite shy birds, and if they sit on the perch, without disturbance, then you can have a feast. It will give all poses for you.

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hello Satish
super sharpness picture
great composition
super details of the bird
greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-17 10:07]

Hello Satish,
Excellent photo of this Blue-tailed Bee-eater. Great sharpness and details. Very beautiful natural clear colours and a marvelous OOF BG. And this all in a fantastic composition.

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2009-03-17 10:10]

Hello Satish,
WOW! You have captured a beauty here. I think i saw his cousin in Goutham's gallery.:)
Excellent pose, POV, sharpnes, bg . Beautiful composition and a delight to look at.
TFS & Regards,

Hello Satish,
there are two species of bee-eaters in Turkiye, I saw them. your species also similar them, with colorful plumage and very beautiful bird. you nicely captured it, with a great focus, composition, lighting. eyes contact and POV also very nice. good informative notes. thanks for sharing, well done

Hi Satish,
A nice capture of this beautiful bee eater. Excellent composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

hello Satish
very good work, in beautiful pose, the pallet of colors very good,
your detail also very good
excellent photo
best regards

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-03-17 10:58]

Hello Satish,

You are showing this bird in a very fine photo. The composition is impressive and the few elements helps viewer concentrate on the main subject, the bird. Image quality is very high being rasor sharp and rendering very well the colors. There is a fine contrast between the colors of the plumage and the background.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-03-17 11:16]

Hola Satish,
perfecta captura y colores naturales,
atractivo trabajo,
saludos amigo.

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  • Alutka Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 131 W: 43 N: 400] (1682)
  • [2009-03-17 11:46]

przepiękny ptak, bardzo mi się podoba...
Świetna ostrość, kolory i POV. Udana kompozycja...Gratuluję!
TFS and best wishes

What a beautiful bird, well taken, good colours and good focus with good dof. Nice composition with the branch coming out right to left. TFS. Regards. Bill

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-03-17 15:21]

Hola Satish.
I am glad we are neighbours today.
Great and lovely photo, excellent sharpness and beautiful clean BG. The pose makes this photo even better.
Yiur note is also interesting.

beautiful shot with great backround! Great colors and composition!

Hello Satish,

Sorry for have not noticed this fine bird picture of the blue tailed bee eater nicely perched. I am not regular on TN these days, hence the delay. tfs.

hey satish
excellent pic , this fellow definitely gave you an excellent pose

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