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The Scream

The Scream
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Copyright: Elroyie David (elroyie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 299 W: 87 N: 1482] (6439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF100-400 IS L, Kenko Pro 300 1.4x Teleconvert
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Volkan's Best, Open Up ...Part I [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-20 10:22
Viewed: 5315
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is very tiny bee-eater, to get this portrait I needed to be very close to him (almost limited by my lens closest focus) for not making a big crop, this is almost FF picture.

Descriptive notes.

The smallest bee-eater occurring in Israel, has a long tail and geographically highly variable. 16-18 cm, but streamers, up to 10 cm more. 15-20 g, wingspan 30 cm.
Nominate race mostly bronzy green, with golden-green crown and hindneck, black band through eye, blue cheeks, pale bluish-green chin and throat, thin black gorget, black trailing edge on wing. Underside of tail shiny grey, tail streamers long, iris crimson. Female like mail, but streamers average shorter, have duller throat and narrower gorget.
Races vary greatly in color of throat, crown and nape, width of gorget, and length and degree of streamers. Race viridissimus has crown, hindneck and throat grass-green, very long streamers, up to 10 cm, and flavoviridis virtually identical to veridissimus , but throat can be yellow instead of green, perhaps dependent on plumage state.
Race cleopatra less bronzy than nominate, long streamers (8-9 cm), and cyanophrys has greens less bronzy, more blue-tinged, forehead, eyebrow and throat blue, gorget deep and less well defined, streamers short and pointed.
Race muscatensis like previous but generally more yellow-green, and shows narrower gorget, and beludschicus has golden-green crown and nape, pale blue chin becoming pale green on lower throat, and gorget a very narrow line.
Race ferrugeiceps showsrufous crown, nape and mantle, mask often narrowly bordered with green line above and pale blue below.


Usually arid woodland with scattered trees on mainly bare soil or sand and acacia woodland with grassy undercover, also date-palm groves, wadis thickets and spacious gardens, dunes and farmland.
From sea-level up to 2000 m in India.

Food and Feeding

Diet based on Hymenoptera, also beetles, termites, bugs, moths and many flies.
Hunts from perch on fence, small thorny tree or sometimes the back of grazing cattle or antelope, making sallies low over vegetation.


Mar-Jun, occasionally also in Jul-Aug. Solitarily in Arabia and Africa, in loose colonies in India.
Nest burrow dug by both sexes, into flat or gently sloping ground in Africa or often into low bank or cutting in Asia. Burrow 1-2 m long, with terminal egg-chamber, usually 6 eggs, female incubates more than male, incubation periods unknown, both sexes provide for young.


Resident and partial migrant in Africa, rather more migratory in Asia. Generally resident and dispersive in Israel and Egypt, and tends to move S up R Nile for winter, scarce non-breeding visitor to N Uganda and N Kenya. Much commoner in N Oman in winter than in summer, attributable to migration from Iran or perhaps Pakistan.

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  • Great 
  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-11-20 10:28]

Wonderful shot, nice detail and sharp, good color

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-20 10:29]

Hello Elroyie. Its good to see you posting again i know you are a busy man. This is an excellent close up of this Bee Eater. You have captured fine detail with your sharp focusing . rich bright but natural looking colours to show the feathers of so well./ with good light in the eye. well done TFS. good notes too.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-11-20 10:35]

Hola Elroyie,
precioso trabajo,
magnífico momento y detalles,

fantastic, expressively lively portrait of high precision and distinctly artistic properties, with delightfully rich colours, perfectly well supporting by a very soft, distant, uniform background. Could as well be an outstanding msterpiece of classical bird illustration.
My compliments. Thank you!
Best regards,

hi david
very interesting note and impressive picture
very well done
color details and focus!!!
perfection is near!!!
aleks ;-)
best regards

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-11-20 11:51]

A totally amazing shot, Elroyie. Wow!
What fantastic timing!
What an outstanding close-up!
The details and colors are terrific.
And that open beak, with the tongue sticking out...
Just wonderful!
TFS. : )

  • Great 
  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-20 12:00]

Hello Elroyie!
I haven't seen you around here for ages!
I hope you're alright.
What a stunning capture of this "screaming" bird.
The colours are wonderful and so vibrent!
Superb sharpness and detail.
Great action.
Well done!
Best regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-20 13:04]

Hello Elroyie,
What a perfect timing! Beautiful vivid colours. The sharpness and details are excellent with a perfect focus. Good composition and POV. DOF with the soft BG is excellent.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-11-20 15:08]

hi Elroyie
on peut dire que c'est une image expressive, le résultat est de grande qualité. Bon cadrage épuré, netteté correcte et couleurs bien dosées.


Hello Elroyie, Wow what a shot just stunning, the framing is perfect excellent colour and detail just magic, Cheers Rick

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2007-11-20 21:31]

Hi Elroyie,
Superb portrait, tack sharp & what a pose!

great portrait, perhaps a little more sharpening will do good. dash, Ori

Hello Elroyie,

Yesterday, i was really taken with this pic but didn't have any points.
This portrait gives a lot of strength and life, with details of a big sharpness and sensational colors.
I'm fan!


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-22 4:39]

What a nice image Elroyie ! Great pose, perfect sharpness and impressive background. Great note too. Thanks !


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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2007-12-16 11:20]

Hi Elroyie, I thought the bee eater is small and tiny, you show a whole different side. Nice post TFS Reina

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-12-27 21:07]

Hi Elroyie, This is a superb close up. First time to see a thin tongue as we can see here. Perfect clarity and colours. Nice lens to do this. TFS. Murray.

Hello Elroyie.

Excellent image, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

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