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Quiet Please!
Photo Information
Copyright: Laszlo Buti (fotoslaci) (140)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-05-23 12:15
Viewed: 2551
Points: 12
[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, 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 (10.6–11.4 in), 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. 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. Lizards and frogs are also taken.

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.


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Hello Laszlo,
What a FANTASTIC photo!
Regards,
Peter

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2012-05-23 12:46]

super! felicitari!

Nice composition, and great timing

TFS
J

Hallow, Laszlo
Excellent Capture, Excellent sharpness.
Regards-
Chandana

good moment - good shot.
regards
Pierre

barthatibor
Szia Laci,
Kitünő felvétel a gyurgyoról!Részletgazdag,széprajzú,éles és finom természetes színárnyalatokban gazdag kép,remek kompozicióval.-Gratula!
Tibi

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-05-24 0:09]

Hi,
Beautiful bee eater with ruffled feathers and calling which could be heard, beauty. tfs.
nagraj.v

Excellent captured...

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