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Bee eater with dragon

Bee eater with dragon
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Copyright: Guru Pawan (gurupawan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 61 N: 442] (1755)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D 80, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Gems from India [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-06 14:26
Viewed: 5699
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 82
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This guy was on his way to feed his young ones and he dropped by on this branch before going to feed his young ones.This was the shot i was capable of freezing. Let me know how u fell looking at this pic.

Small Green Bee Eater (Merops Orientalis)

Bee eaters as known to most as small, brightly colored, tropical Old World coraciiform birds (birds with a strong, sharp bill, fused front toes, and usually bright coloration including- kingfishers, hornbills and bee-eaters). The small green bee-eater is no exception to the rule.

harms of Green Bee Eater

This is a petite little grass green colour bird no bigger than a sparrow. Its green has hints of reddish brown on the head and neck which is ornamented with a prominent black ‘necklace’. The slender bill is slightly curved and could be called long, keeping in mind the size of the bird. The graceful look of the bird is well matched by a pleasant jingling `teet-teet’ or chirpy `tree-tree-tree’ which the bird constantly utters even in flight. They are noisiest when they conjugate at dawn to roost in thick canopies fluttering and flying in all directions.

The bird has a rather graceful manner of predation making the entire exercise look almost effortless. This bee eater launches an aerial sortie after its prey (which is usually a bee) snapping it up in its bill and circling back gracefully on outstretched motionless wings to its perch where the victim is thrashed to death and gobbled up.

he small green bee eater is often seen in pairs or parties sitting on phone wires and fence posts in open country throughout the Indian union. In large parts of northern India it is known by its Hindi name ‘harriala’ meaning green. The bird clearly seems to favour open country around cultivated fields or in forest clearings. But if you are in a city keep a look out for this bird in the garden or even in the golf course. and if you are out on a sea shore you still have a chance of seeing it in the shady patch above the sandy beach where it seems to enjoy spending time.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-04-06 14:36]

Hello Guru,
Fantastic photo of this Green Bee Eater. Great colours, sharpness, composition, BG and POV.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-04-06 14:37]

Hello Guru..A very good shot of the Bee eater. whit a bonus of the dragonfly. great clours and fine detail,good DOF and compostion.well done..
Nick. Have A good easter.

Hi Guru,

Great image! Good sharpness, details and composition. Excellent behaviour captured. Nice timing to get the angle of the head and prey in mouth. TFS.


Hello Guru,

I feel this a superb shot! Amazing colours and sharpness, perfect POV, and DOF couldn't be any better. Very well done! Thanks so much for sharing! :)


Hi Guru,

Excellent shot off this bee eater.
lovely compo with vivid colours
great sharpness and details
superb timing
I'm sorry for this dragonfly

TFS Thijs

Hello Guru,

Everytime I see these bee-eaters the appeal grows stronger to their beauty. They are very photographic subjects which your excellent capture displays. :)

Hi Guru,
A first class shot of this Bee eater,great composition and colours.


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-04-06 16:15]

Hello Guru,
What a great shot! Nice detail in the bird, the background is great.TFS

wonderful photo.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-04-06 17:19]

hi guru ; this is amazing capture just a word perfect nice bird with nice shot nice colours and composition well sharpness with so close-up TFS

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-04-06 17:26]

Hi Guru,
It is a very nice catch for both of you. Colors, composition, details and the pose is very good. Well done and TFS

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-06 17:31]

Hi Guru

A splendid shot and a demonstration of nature's ways!
The details here are most impressive and excreemly clear, the natural colors are vivd and very beautiful and the DOF here is outstanding, keeping everything essential in full focus!
A superb composition, too.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Guru,
how I feel is this,both are predators and the bigger won and so did its young.This bird is a beauty with its colour and your point of view helps to make it special so well done.Nice sharp focus and mellow backgroud make for a winning combination.Tfs. Bob

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-04-06 19:02]

Hola Guru,
preciosa captura,
luz y colores maravillosos.
bg y compo. excelentes,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-04-06 21:30]

Hi guru
Very nice action shot ,very sharp with beautiful colors.I also like your BG colord.
TFS Michel

Hi Pawan,

Great picture, liked the way you have used the shallow DOF and composition. You have given very descriptive notes too.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-04-07 2:13]

Exquisite subject and amazing scene all rolled into one!
Congratulations, Guru, for this wonderful shot.
Fantastic details and colors.
I love the dainty way he is holding that huge dragonfly in his tiny beak.
TFS. : )

Dear Pawan, very beautiful work and very nice capture of this moment with great details. Very nice composition.
with best regards.vab.
V Amar Bhaskar

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-04-07 4:24]

Helo Guru,
Fantastic shot.Well timed, this one 's like he's holding his prize for you to capture the BIG MOMENT.Nice PoV,Posture, BG, lighting.

TFS & Cheers

Hi Guru!
Very nice and beauty photo and a very good documentary picture in one! Fantastic colours and great timing!
TFS and best regards,

Hi Guru

A fantastic shot. Lovely colours, well composed with perfect timing. Congrats!

hi pawan,
very nice capture, sharp image with good details, liked the bg very much, lovely colour tones, nice action shot,
tfs & regards

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2007-04-07 6:29]

Hi Guru,

This is a very colorful portrait. The lighting and the pose are wonderful. The small branch on the bottem is a bit disturbing (maybe you can blur it away!) For the rest: super.


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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-04-07 9:04]

Excellent shot!!What a meal it got!!Nice details!TFS!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-07 11:25]

Hi Guru,

Sensational! Fantastic timing to get him with the insect in his mouth. Beautiful colors, wonderful details, pose and bg. I love it!


Be back with points tomorrow.

Words would be inadequate to describe the merit of this image in terms of its technical excellence and rich thematic content as a nature picture par excellence.
This picture easily fits into the classical category.
With image of this quality, you have established your credentials as a world-class nature photographer.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-04-07 14:45]

Hello Guru , Great shot ,very good timing , good details colours compositie and bg , Greetings teunie .

Beautiful shot, love to see birds with their captured meal, nice detail in both, good camera work.


Great shot of bee eater with prey
Great sharpness and good contrats with OOF background
Well done

Perfect capture Pawan. No flaws at all in this one. Very good work. Beautiful pic.

Regards, K

Hi Pawan,
This is one the best bee eater's shot that i have seen. It has everything, the lighting , colors and the sharpness. The curved perch also creates a beautiful effect.
Goutham R

Wow what a fantastic catch details and colours are very nice its well composed. Good background blur. TFS rgds Necip.

Hi Gurupawan,

Absolutely lovely shot! Amazing details and composition! TFS.



What a wonderful shot. The curved perch, the head position, clear details of the prey and clear background all make this a marvelous picture.

Murali Santhanam

Hi Guru.
You have caught excellent action here. Good colors and nice BG too. Looks great.

Hi Pawan,
Out of touch with Treknature for some time since busy with some preoccupations.
You have presented an excellent action shot with good POV,sharpness,compo and colours.

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-04-16 23:47]

Hi Guru,
Excellent!!! Great colours, details, and sharpness.A very good composition.TFS,

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  • Perro Silver Star Critiquer [C: 41 W: 0 N: 59] (553)
  • [2007-04-28 8:51]

Hello Guru,
What a great shot!
To be at the good place at the good moment.....for you, and not for the dragonfly.
Nice composition, good sharpness with very much details.
Backgroud perfect and colors are wonderful.
Best regerds,

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  • Etka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 95 W: 0 N: 59] (514)
  • [2007-05-08 10:07]

Przepiekna fotka.
Piekne ujecie.

This is a super shot of the bee eater. I love the pose and colours.

Hello Guru,
Very good image; good details. Even the prey is very detectable.
Good colours and compo.

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