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Merops apiaster

Merops apiaster
Photo Information
Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), 70-200f2.8L IS
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-06-13 4:27
Viewed: 4131
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The European Bee-eater, Merops apiaster 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 (or to North-Western India, southern India and Sri Lanka in the case of Asian birds). This species occurs as a spring overshoot north of its range, with occasional breeding in northwest Europe.

Camera Model
Shooting Date/Time
9/06/2007 14:24:44
Shooting Mode
Aperture-Priority AE
Tv( Shutter Speed )
Av( Aperture Value )
Metering Mode
Evaluative Metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
98.0 - 280.0mm
Focal Length

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An excellently you taked it Annick

Hi Annick,
A great capture of kingfisher appearance bee eater. Beautiful looking bird. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Annick,
This bird is beautiful. Good sharpness, exposition, brilliant colours.
Maybe I would move the bird to right and crop a little left side.

Ciao Annick,
ottima foto e bellissimi i colori!


A beautiful one again Annick.
Colors, soft color tones in the BG, details in the feathers and the frame are all wonderful.
Personally I would have placed the bird a little more off centre with a bit more space on the left and/or a little less space on the right side.
Nevertheless areal joy to look at.
Thanks for sharing.
Warm regards, Harry

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-13 5:19]

Hello Annick,
Beautiful capture of this beaeater.This is on my wishlist,but they are not easy to find in Istanbul.Nicely exposed and composed.Love the sharp details you show here.Excellent POV and and BG.

Hi Annick,
This is beautiful and colorful Bee-eater. Very nice pov and composition. Perfect sharpness and exposure. Very well done.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-06-13 6:05]

Bonjour Annick!

Bravo pour cette parfaite photo. Les couleurs sont superbes et le plumage est bien nette.
Félicitations et merci pour le partage.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-06-13 7:38]

Hola amiga,
precioso disparo,
bella captura y original pov,
un ave de preciosos colores,
excelente trabajo,

Hi Annick,
Loveli capture with super colours and bg.


Hi Annick
Una gran foto de este abejaruco, me gusta mucho el fondo, yo hubiera dejado al ave un poco más a la derecha para que tuviera espacio por donde mira.
Un saludo

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-13 9:35]

Hi Annick,
Beauiful Bee-eater here. Such lovely colour tones and very impressive sharpness on its feathers. Its elegance and the calm composture is exquisitely portrayed here. Excellent POV and DOF. The BG is special. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hi Annick,
you have captured the bee eater ver well, the details and
exposure are spot on. Colours are warm and lovely.
I like the composition and POV too.
Well done.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-13 11:20]

Hi Annick.
Simply blameless shot of this amazing bird. All components of photo skill are perfect. Great light and colours, terrific details and sharpness of the bird and twig and excellent smooth BG. Refined work. Bravo and my kind regards.

Hi Annick,
that's sooooo beautiful, this bird is fantastic. I love the colours and the pose against the uni background.
Thanks and many greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-06-13 14:47]

Hi Annick

Wonderful shot of the colourful Bee-eater, I like the pose as he looks all fluffed up as if he is a bit cold, very nice detail and lovely colours.

TFS Hilary :o)

Excellent shot here Annick
Great composition and sharpness
Good DOF and POV and good contrasting background.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-13 23:22]

Hello Annick

A superb shot of this bee eater.The DOF and POV are excellent.The neutral OOF BG is wonderful and really makes a great back drop for this colourful bird.Very good plumage detail and focus.Well done.TFS


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-14 5:15]

Annick, lovely shot and I like the kingfisher look. The way it is sitting is amazing TFS Ganesh

This is gorgeous. Wonderful color spectrum and clarity! Wow!
Cheers, Klaus

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-14 10:22]

Outstanding presentation of the beautiful bee-eater. Colors are so rich and natural. Focus is perfect because we see nice detail yet there is overall soft effect. Great DOF and background. Nice pose.

  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2007-06-14 11:29]

Hi Annick,

Great picture of this bee eater.
Great color, sharpness, DOF, position and background.


Hi Annick,
Very nice close up shot of this beautiful bee-eater the soft background accentuate the subject nicely. :)

Hi Annick,
Never seen one of these although we get the occasional breeders in the area.
Face looks a bit soft but otherwise very nice.

Quel bel oiseau, tant de détails, beau BG.

Hi Annick,

This is a super picture, one of your best imho. You know I like birds. Technically there a no nits here. Very well done.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-06-15 3:48]

Great expression, Annick.
He looks like he is sulking.
Love the colors and the fine details.
TFS. : )

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  • eev Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 33 N: 66] (756)
  • [2007-06-15 7:28]

I love the POV here. Plus the colors and DOF are very well done.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-06-15 17:42]

Hi Annick,
Really beautiful bee-eater, capatured with a perfect pose to see colours. Texture and exposure let see details and colours perfectely!
TFS, José M.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-06-16 7:56]

Hi Annick, this is a fine photo of the beautiful Bee Eater. Colour and details on the feathers are amazing, wonderful light, beaufufully composed and all nice and sharp, it is superb with perfect dof.

Salut Annick,
Trčs beau oiseau. Superbe couleur. Belle pose et bonne exposition.
Merci du partage

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2007-06-18 4:20]

beautiful! great color scheme on this beauty! tfs

Nice colors and details.

Hi Annick
I´ve never hear about an European bee-eater, I think before they live onlu in Africa.
Very likeable close up, colours and BG are lovely. The square format works well

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