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Merops apiaster

Merops apiaster
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Copyright: JeanMarie Mouveroux (Nephrotome2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 599 W: 60 N: 660] (2538)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-09-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Canon 70-200mm f/ 2.8 L IS USM, (digital)
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-01-09 8:56
Viewed: 1722
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
European Bee-eater (En)
Guępier d'Europe (Fr)
Europese bijeneter (Nl)
Merops apiaster (Lat)

The European Bee-eater is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. It breeds in southern Europe and in parts of North Africa and western Asia. It is strongly migratory, wintering in tropical Africa, India and Sri Lanka.
Length of 27–29 cm (10.6–11.4 in)
Bee-eaters are gregarious, nesting colonially in sandy banks, preferably near river shores, usually at the beginning of May. They make a relatively long tunnel in which the 5 to 8, spherical white eggs are laid around the beginning of June. Both the male and the female take care of the eggs, which are brooded for about 3 weeks. These birds also feed and roost communally.

For Dutch people:
Met de voortgang van het broeikaseffect is de vogel thans vaker dan vroeger in de Benelux te zien. In Nederland leidde dat tot de wijziging van zijn status van dwaalgast tot incidentele broedvogel.

I enjoy watching the bee-eaters. When they catch a bee you hear a loud snap sound and you know you can try and look for them on a branch nearby. Shoot at Blijdorp zoo.

PP work:
slight touch-up of light on belly.

Thank for watching,


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-01-09 9:03]

Hello JeanMarie,
Pleasing photo of this Bijeneter from Blijdorp, I think, where I've seen them too. Fine natural colours and excellent sharpness. Good composition and pose with eye contact.

Hello Jean,
Nice spices captured with excellent clarity,lovely composition with good details of plumage.
With regards,

Hello Jean
great sharpness picture with beautiful colours and good details
thanks greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6515 W: 89 N: 15622] (65349)
  • [2013-01-10 15:22]

Magnificent capture despite the difficult light,a great tele-macro whit great plumage details and beautiful pastel colors,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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