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The Blue-tailed Bee-eater

The Blue-tailed Bee-eater
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Copyright: Goldy RS (goldyrs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 974 W: 51 N: 2913] (11497)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-29 18:07
Viewed: 3263
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I hope this shot looks good, 'coz this is again shot from a moving truck...
I love this bird, it is so beautiful at all times, when flying and when perched!

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 species is sometimes considered to be conspecific with the Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, M. persicus.

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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Nicely captured Goldy... wonderful detail and DOF... what a shot from a moving truck. :) TFS.


Hi Goldy, These are wonderful birds and your done well to shoot them. In fact i also shoot most of the birds from the car and i have good collection of these Bee eaters in TN :-). There is a significant difference in coloration of these beautiful birds from south to north. And it looks like you have done substantial cropping.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-06-29 22:51]

Hello MF Goldy,
A beauty, nice sharp and a very nice background.
Very well done.
Best regards Siggi

Hi and Good Morning L'il Bro,
A stunningly perfect capture of this beautiful bee-eater from wonderful POV with neat details and fine composition. This one is one of your best bird shots!
Well done Bro!
Have a nice day!


hello Goldy
on one good BG with the composition and the pose of bird in the branch particular fine, elects one very good capture and photo

Hello Goldy,
excellent capture of this beautifull bird, nice colors, light and BG,
have a nice day,

Nice shot Goldy. Inspite of moving vehicles you have captured it neatly. Great work. I love this bird.


Hi Goldy,
A nice capture of this beautiful bee eater. Excellent composition with good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-06-30 3:05]

Beautiful capture taken with great details and amazing colors.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-06-30 3:26]

Hello Goldy,
Excellent use of your 2S IS to achieve this nice capture of a Blue-tailed Bee-eater. The Bee-eater stands ou well against the OOF natural BG on the top of the thin twig perch, which is typical.
Thanks and all the best,

This is an interesting species of Bee Eaters, Goldy.
I suggest you get off the truck for bird photography with a purpose and shoot birds, preferably using a tripod.
The camera you have has great potential and many people use it with extraordinary skill, producing excelent results.
The eye of a bird, IMHO, is the essence of close-up bird imagery and that's what is amiss in your otherwise well composed shot.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-06-30 6:08]

Hi Goldy,
what a beautiful shot. Really an excellent capture with soft colour that give a distict differentce.
Well presented in great details and sharpness.


Hello Goldy, a beautiful shot of this colourful bee-eater from a nice point of view with wonderful composition.
TFS and greetings, Deniz

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-06-30 6:58]

Hello Goldie,
A beautiful view of the Blue-tailed Bee-eater in a fine pose and a great capture with the S2IS! A fine composition in lovely colours and with good focus on the bird.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-06-30 11:10]

Hello Goldy,
Beautiful photo of this bee-eater. Good clear colours and DOF. Excellent sharpness and details. On some places on the edges it's a bit noisy, like along the beak. Very nice OOF BG and composition.

Ciao Goldy. Very interesting pose for this coloures bird. Very good diagonal compo and amazing BG.


Nice one Goldy..It doesn't give that oriental quality which is so common and I think it is because of your unique framing. I like it well this way...not better...not less...just like!

Hello Goldy,

This is a fine shot, sharply focussed and using a good dof.
The bird is incredibly sleek.

It will easily blend in with the leaves on a tree.
I love the acrobatic pose on the very tip of that fragile stem!!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

bonjour Goldy
ce guêpier est vraiment un oiseau superbe et ta photo lui rend bien honneur
l'image set vraiment très nette pour avoir été pris d'un véhicule roulant, les couleurs aussi sont magnifiques de même que la pose et l'attitude de l'oiseau
du beau travail

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-06-30 17:02]

Hi L'il Bro,

This is such a beautiful Bee-eater and so sleek looking in this pose on the branch. You do good jobs from moving trucks!! Pretty colors and excellent details of his face and feathers. A pleasing and colorful background that blends with the bird's colors.


Bello conjunto de colores Goldy, con un fondo muy acertado. Buen encuadre. Luz mejorable en algunos puntos pero aún así una belleza de toma .

Hallo Goldy
You captured this fine looking bird in a wonderful pose showing off his nice profile, the beautiful colours and finely detailed plumage. The pose against the blurred background is great so also the combination of colours. For a shot from a moving truck this is good. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

hello Goldy

excellent and very beautiful photo Blue-tailed Bee-eater,
very fine POV and framing, superb focus on the bird with great
sharpness and details, beautifully blurred background,
very beautiful luminosity, a DSLR quality photo, TFS


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-07-04 5:46]

Hello Goldy,
An amzing picture, the colors of the bird's plumage are just reflecting the colors on the environment. And you made a simple but very efficent composition of it. Very well done, Goldy
Thanks and kind regards

Hi Goldy,

The pôint of view is showing the details and colors of the Blue-tailed Bee-eater on the branch. The subject is well framed. The blurred background is putting the bird in evidence in the composition. The luminosity is enhancing the colors of the picture. Have a nice day.


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  • gondox Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 356 W: 65 N: 342] (1585)
  • [2009-07-27 13:59]

What a wonderful one there too...
As I started taking bird shots my attention in watching pics also is turning to birds these days, so I spotted this one from your gallery. You achieved very nice narrow dof for a small sensor like your cam has. It's only a pity that file sizes force jpeg compression to be visible on our pictures but it's not your fault we all have to deal with it.
Colors also are nice, showing the beauty of the species. TFS!

Best regards,

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