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Flight of the Bee Eater!

Flight of the Bee Eater!
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Copyright: Kiran K V (sunkirana) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 29 N: 199] (1143)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alpha 100, Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Telephoto Zoom
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): colourful [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-20 2:48
Viewed: 4204
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Place: This was shot near 20 Kms off Mysore near a lake swarming with Bee Eaters.

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.

Charms 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.

Found In

The 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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hello kiran,
you have captured a nice moment here and you got good timing, nice composition,
tfs & regards

Hi Kiran!
Very good shoot of this colourful birds, nice moment captured.
I think maybe the colours are too green, I will try to make a workshop, hope You like it.

what an amazing capture! :-) a flying bee-eater above two more of the wonderful birds - how great is that?!
excellent composition with nice colors, good sharpness and great
additional details like the opened beak or the catch of the day in the other one.
well done & best wishes, thor.

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  • Max31 Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 0 N: 39] (201)
  • [2008-04-20 4:22]

Hi Kiran,
Magnifique photo, le timing est parfait, les couleurs sont superbes et la netteté tout autant.
Avoir 3 oiseaux de cette espèce sur la même photo est incroyable.
De plus un est en vol et un autre tient une libellule dans son bec.
Bravo et Merci du partage


Very nice shot!! beautiful colors and good job!! TFS. Carme.

Hi Kiran,
An excellent action shot with good colours and DOF.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-20 9:25]

Hi Kiran again.
Simply terrific scene. Fantastic moment and brilliant exposure parameters. I like crisp sharpness of the main hero and it spectators, pleasant smooth BG and blameless composition. Bravo.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-04-20 12:21]

Hello Kiran,
Beautiful photo of this Bee-eaters. Very good timing. There's some noise in the BG, but sharpness and composition are fantastic.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-04-20 13:59]
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What a wonderful scene you have captured here, Kiran.
Not only are the birds beautiful, but the interactions between them and their poses really add to the interest of this image.
The bee eater is such an amazing bird, it seems out of this world to me. And to hear you say that you know of a place "swarming with bee-eaters" is just beyond my power of imagination. TFS. : )

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-04-21 1:42]

Hello Kiran,
Very charming and vivid picture. The composition is just perfect.May be the picture looks a little bit greenish, but it doesn't affect the whole interesting impression.
Best regards

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-04-21 2:11]

hi Kiran,
great shot of, not one, but 3 fantastic looking birds. i like how one has a bug, one has its mouth open, and one in flight. well done and tfs

Hi Kiran
Fantastic capture
Great timing. tfs jon

Simply Superb

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