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Merops apiaster 2

Merops apiaster 2
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-19
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-25 2:53
Viewed: 2998
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A few days ago I posted a photo of Bee-eaters which I took from a distance of 6 meters.
Today I am posting a photo taken from 40 meters. Two Bee-eaters on a dead branch of Tamarisk at the edge of Akrotiri salt lake very early in the morning.
My best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

Merops apiaster Linnaeus 1758
European Bee-eater,
Merops apiaster, (family Meropidae) is a colourful bird with a length of 2729 cm including the two elongated central tail feathers.
It breeds in southern Europe and in parts of north Africa and western Asia. It is a migratory bird, wintering in tropical Africa, India and Sri Lanka.
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.
Merops apiaster is gregarious, nesting colonially in sandy banks. It nests in a relatively long tunnel in which the 5 to 8, spherical white eggs are laid.
In Cyprus Merops apiaster is a common passage migrant and a rare breeder.

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Hi Christodoulos,
What a nice natural colours of these birds. Very good sharpness exactly on the foreground. Superb composition. Overall great picture,
thanks for sharing,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-12-25 3:06]

Hello Christodoulos ,
a very fabulous presentation in exciting colours and pose. Very lively in excellent light which show the colors so precisely.
the details and the features of the birds is excellently shown. The branches gives a perfect graphic for appreciation in compositional values.
Very well done.


Ciao Christodoulos, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family, lovely couple of beautiful birds with fantastic colors, fine details, wonderful blurry BG and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

hello Christo
very nice and sharpness composition with great light and super colours
greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-25 4:48]

Hello Christodoulos,
Another fantastic photo with a very good DOF. Excellent sharpness, details, natural colours and composition. The light is very beautiful. Great OOF BG.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-12-25 5:11]

Hi Christodoulos.
I like this species so much but can to come nearer to them very seldom. You take nice shot from short and from long distance. Lens work is great. Shot is crisp sharp (main subject) and bokeh is also wonderful. Composition of the image is spot on too. Perfect job and best wishes in coming New Year. Have a nice Holiday Season.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-12-25 5:14]

Very natural and beautiful arrangement of the dried branches and two lovely birds looking in different direction, well captured. tfs.

Hello Christodoulos.

These bee eaters are wonderful birds with fine colors. You have captured the two beautifully in nice details. I like the twigs they are perched on looking like some kind of Oriental painting.
Top class work and have a joyful Christmas.

Kind regards - Jusni

Brilliant colours, nicely captured. regards Yiannis

Hello Christodoulos,
Excellent composition with superb details and amazing natural colors.
What a splendid capture. Very good details, clarity and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Christodoulos,

good composition...thank for sharing....


Γειά σοτ Χριστόδουλε,
εξαιρετική λήψη, πολύ δυνατά χρώματα, ευκρίνεια, ωραία στιγμή,
καλά χριστούγεννα,

Hi Christodoulos,
Beautiful photo of these Bee-eaters in natural colours, great sharpness, details and nice composition.

Hi Chris,
Lovely birds in a beautiful composition. Don't worry about distance; this is very nice anyway. Thanks.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-25 14:05]

Wonderfull composition and impressive sharpness and colors,what a focus and what a brilliant pic,you're a magician!Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

χρόνια πολλά Χριστόδουλε, πανέμορφη σκηνή σύνθεση και απόδοση των πλούσιων χρωμάτων τους!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-12-26 7:21]

Hello Christodoulus,
A lovely composition showing the two Bee-eaters nicely perched on the branch. Beautiful light and colours and great focus on both against a lovely background.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hallo Christodoulos,
a very beautiful picture of the European Bee-eater, very good sharpness, superb lighting and splendid bright colours, excellent POV and composition
Best regards

Geia sou Christodoule,
A perfect composition; very nice colourful, sharp birds and amazing lighting. Well done!
Best regards, Pambos

Hi Christodoule, this is very nice photo in terms of composition, the position of the birds as well as the great colours!!!

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2013-04-08 10:27]

Hi Crhis,

One of these birds would have make a wonderful shot, two of them just double the pleasure and beauty.

Excellent POV with enoght space around to show the natural setting. Very good shot. Takes lot of patience to photograph birds and creature that move often.


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