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European Bee-eater

European Bee-eater
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Copyright: Razvan Zinica (zetu) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM, Jessops UV 77mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Just perfect! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-11-13 23:43
Viewed: 2329
Points: 36
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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, India and Sri Lanka. This species occurs as a spring overshoot north of its range, with occasional breeding in northwest Europe.
This species, like other bee-eaters, is a richly-coloured, slender bird. It has brown and yellow upper parts, whilst the wings are green and the beak is black. It can reach a length of 27-29 cm, including the two elongated central tail feathers. Sexes are alike.
This is a bird which breeds in open country in warmer climates. Just as the name suggests, bee-eaters predominantly eat insects, especially bees, wasps and hornets which are caught in the air by sorties from an open perch. They will also catch lizards on the ground. Before eating its meal, a European Bee-eater removes the sting by repeatedly hitting the insect on a hard surface. It eats some 250 bees daily.
These 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.
The call is a pleasant distinctive trill.

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Hallo Razvan
Excellent photograph, super colours and sharpness. I like the setting, the sunlight, the composition and the point of view. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-11-14 0:43]

Hello Razvan,
Very nice photo of this Bee-eater in beautiful colours and good sharpness. Pleasing pose with prey. Good POV and composition.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-11-14 2:42]

Buna Razvan,
Culori pasel de o calitate excelenta, felicitari!

yes Ravzan....pastel colors are as pointed out by Szabo and beautiful setting light

Ciao Razvan. Perfect DOF here and stunning details. Excellente colours.


AMAZING amazing shot; vivid colors and to find it like this "on the hunt" with dinner in his mouth? WOW

Beautiful natural setting for the bee-eater.
The background colours suit those of the bird very well. Excellent detail and pose.
regards yiannis

Wonderfully captured bee-eater with the prey in its beak.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-11-14 7:49]

Hello Razvan,
A very fine capture of a Bee-eater with its grasshopper prey.
The POV and natural colours are great with fine clarity and pleasing compositionb adding to the quality of this image.
Thanks and best regards,

hello Razvan
allways very nice to see this bird
great sharpness and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hi Razvan,
Good timing to capture this European Bee-eater with it's catch. Good detail, beautiful colours, great POV and the perfect OOF BG.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-11-14 10:05]

Hello Razvan,
splendid image of this beauty in a great pose! Excellent sharpness and detail, splendid light and natural colours, very nice background.
Very well done!

Hello Razvan,
This is like from Natgeo! ... Or maybe better! ... You are an artist friend! ... What a bird and what a background! ... Fabulous!
Reagards, TFS

Beautiful photo Razvan! The composition is excellent. The lighting and the colours are fantastic. Very good sharpness too!

Buna Razvan,
Excelenta captura si cu detalii foarte bune. Fundalul este deosebit.
In vara asta nu am avut asa ocazii bune cu aceasta specie viu colorata.
Numai bine!

Bonjour Razvan,
Agréable valorisation du sujet dans une lumière relativement bien maîtrisée qui fait resplendir les couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Buna Razvan,
Frumoasa imaginea acestei prigorii cu prada in cioc. Culorile, fundalul blurrat si compozitia plac in mod deosebit.
Numai bine,

nice shot
im love it

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