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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2019-06-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: NIKON D810, Nikon 300mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S + 1,4TC II
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2019-06-09 1:49
Viewed: 302
Points: 20
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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. 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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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2019-06-09 2:34]

Waaw Marius,all your pics about bee-eaters are great,but this is over the top!! Fantastic in flight capture with a very impressive quality of sharpness and colors,masterwork!!! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Marius, great capture of fantastic inflight bird, perfect focus, wonderful colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Marius,
Excellent pose and focus, no doubt. Details looks great as well colour.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice weekend,

Beauty in the sky....sky is proud of it.

Great capture Marius.


What a great high pov by stunning details, colours, lights, and daylight BG well done MARIUS SECAN

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2019-06-10 7:08]

Hello Marius,
Very beautiful photo of this bee-eater. Not easy to get this bird in flight so sharp. Natural colors and a fine composition.

hello Marius
Une superbe photo en vol, les détails des ailes sont magnifiques
Bonne soirée

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2019-06-10 9:52]

Never seen such exciting beauty in flight,
The amzing point is that you have eye contact with.
Well exposed and composed nice shot, TFS.

Hi Marius,
Fantastic shot, pin sharp, and the pose of the flying beauty is awesome. Open wings, eye contact - absolutely perfect details. Excellent composition and exposure. Superb! I fully agree with Luciano that your entire bee eater series is wonderful, but this image is over the top. Majestic shot.
Kind regards from Ireland, László

Hello Marius

WOW! Great in-flight shot with great details, we can feel the bid's flight speed. TFS


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