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Merops apiaster Trio

Merops apiaster Trio
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Copyright: Selen Ediger (SelenE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Hoya UV 77mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bee Eaters, 100 points or more (Chapter 3), Three of A Kind [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-28 1:49
Viewed: 6537
Points: 100
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My first European Bee-eater captures of this season.This beautiful birds are summer visitors to Turkey. They usually stay between April and August.

Image taken early in the morning from the car.

European Bee-eater
Merops apiaster
TR: Arikusu

*The bee-eaters are a group of near passerine birds in the family Meropidae. Most species are found in Africa but others occur in southern Europe, Madagascar, Australia and New Guinea. They are characterised by richly coloured plumage, slender bodies and usually elongated central tail feathers. All are colorful and have long downturned bills and pointed wings, which give them a swallow-like appearance when seen from afar.

Just as the expressive name reveals, bee-eaters predominantly eat insects, especially bees, wasps, and other flying insects, which are caught in the air by sallies from an open perch. While they will pursue any type of flying insect, honey bees predominate in their diet.

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 (or to North-Western India, southern India and Sri Lanka in the case of Asian birds). 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.

Exposure Time: 1/512
F-Stop: f/8.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 400 mm
Date Taken: 2008-04-27 07:41

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Hi Neighbour!
A fantastic shot of these beautifully coloured Bee Eaters from Europe.
Their identical postures give the impression of being synchronized.
Perfect focus, colours and composition.
Well done, Selen, and thanks for sharing this beauty.

Hola Selen, muy buena composición, buena luz y color, el desenfoque del fondo realza muy bien la toma. Un saludo

Hi Selen
Fantastic capture of three lovely colored Bee- eaters
Great timing and poses
Wonderful composition
tfs jon

Selen hanim selamlar.. benim bir turlu denk gelemedigim bir tur...
cok guzel bir kompozisyon oluşturmuslar.. elinize saglik.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-04-28 3:10]

Hello Helen
How cute and marvellous this shot! Really a splendid picture with great sharpness and a fantastic composition. I like very much the different tones of red in their eyes and the splendid bg.
Congratulations and TFS
Best regards

Selen merhaba,
Bunları dalda yakalamak çok zor. Hep telde görünüyor genelde ve telde fotoğraf çekmek de hiç keyif vermiyor. Eline sağlık. Selamlar

Hi Selen,
great shot :)
I'd love to see one of these birds one day, they are so beautiful.
You even managed to capture three of them. All of them are captured very sharp.
The colors are beautiful. Composition is nice, too.
TFS Tatjana

Hi Selen
Beautiful trio. Very good compo nice not disturbing OOF background and good sharpness. Another great shot in your gallery

Foto bellissima! Complimenti per questo scatto dalla composizione magistrale!

Ciao e grazie, Emanuele

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-04-28 4:20]

Hi Selen.
great shot of this trio, excellent DOF and focus with beautiful colours. Your composition is very good too, well done!

Hi Selen.
Superb shot. Fantastic POV and DOF. Beautiful scenery.

Superb shot! The bright gorgeous colours look awsum. Also well focussed, specially the eyes. The picture looks lively. Compliments for such a fine work.

Hi Selen, Lovely trio of Bee-eaters with their incredible color patterns seen so well with this POV and your fine camera work. Three fine poses and sharp focus of all. Good DOF and comp as well. Tfs Richard

Merhaba Selen Hanım,
Mükemmelin üzeri bir ifade tarzı olsa onu kullanırdım:) çok tatlı ve nefis bir kare. Ellerinize sağlık.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2008-04-28 6:17]

Hayranlık uyandıran bir güzellik.Hem renkler,hem netlik,hem kadraj güzelliğin bileşenleri olmuşlar.Tebrik ederim...

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-04-28 7:24]

Hello Selen,
Not only a great sharp capture of one but three European Bee-eaters!
I like the POV, composition on the top of the bush and the OOF Bg and lighting that sets them off so well.
Thanks for sharing this excellent image,
Best wishes, Ivan

çok güzel bir fotograf,mükemmel olmuş ellerine saglık selen.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-04-28 8:14]

Merhaba Selen Hanım,
Çok güzel bir fotograf tablo gibi.Her hafta sonu
gelip gelmediklerini kontrol ediyorum Riva'da,
daha düne kadar gelmemişleri:)f8 sayesinde 3 de
net çıkmış.Tebrikler,ellerinize sağlık!

very nice trio, greetings Ori

Harika bir çekim, mükemmel renk ayrımı ve netlik düzeyi çok güzel bir kompozisyona yol açmış Selen, bu nefis tabloyu bizimle paylaştığın için teşekkür ediyorum.

Hi Selen,
Most beautiful Trio. Very nicely positioned and captured well. Good lighting.Is it in Breeding plumage?

Merhaba Selen!
What a colourful and unique capture! We have this species in Poland too, but is is so rare that it is not easy to see even a single specimen (and only in SE part of Poland). And here we have a trio! Fantastic!!! :>
Bravo also for the technique, DOF, POV and colours are better that great :)
All the best from country where so colourful birds are not seen too often!

bonjour selen
ho quel joli trio,les oiseaux sont quasiment tous les trois sur le même plan,nets et superbement coloré.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-04-28 11:17]

Hi Selen

Superb capture of the beautiful Bee-Eaters.
Nicely composed with a great POV and I love the way all three birds are sharing the same pose.
Excellent details, DOF and a lovely OOF BG.
Very nice colours and light too.


Merhaba Selen, splendid trio of wonderful birds in great pose with fantastic colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Selen,
They are so lovely! I would like to see this beautiful birds! Beautiful composition and nice colours. TFS,

Splendida cattura, eccellenti POV e taglio compositivo, ottima nitidezza, magnifici i colori e BG. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hello Selen,
Nice & neat, they all lined up for the camera I see!
And three times the color too..That's not fair ;-}
The color, exposure, detail, DOF, and framing look very good dear :)
Very well done,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-28 14:46]

Hello Selen,
what a fabulous image of these three Bee Eaters!!
Wow they are beautiful!
Very sharp with great detail.
Brilliant lighting too.
Well done!!!!


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-28 15:03]


Lovely capture - great composition with excellent eye contact, colour and detail.


Hi Selen,

What a fantastic shot of these beautifully coloured Bee Eaters just amazing, excellent framing and detail, wonderful light, d.o.f and focus all perfect, really lovely work, congratulations.

Cheers Rick :)

Merhaba Selen,
A bit late but never want to miss such beautiful work from you! always in good quality!
are they specially pose for you? hehe, so beautiful!
Best dof in perfect sharpness, awesome colour and details on the Bee Eaters!
many thanks for the sharing
greeting always

merhaba Selen hanım,
Muğlada sıkça seslerini duyduysam da henüz bu yıl için göremedim bu güzel türü. bir süre ara vermiştiniz trio işine. nefis bir kareyle dönüş yapmışsınız, elinize sağlık, çok çok güzel olmuş. selamlar.

Hi Selen,
Wonderful shot ! I would have cried photo manipulation if there weren't posture difference between the birds :)

Excellent job technically as well as aesthetically. TFS, Regards

Hi Selen.
You did this very well. I love this composition with all three in a row.As usual you have very excellent details on the birds.

Hi Selen,

three of a pair!
Good capture and pov with beautiful colors.


Hi Selen,

Very beautiful picture of Bee-eaters. Very good pose and composition, pin sharp details and natural bright colours. You have managed to keep all birds well in focus. Good work.


Best wishes


Dear Selen
Wonderful shot of these European Bee-eaters,
Perfect focusing,BG and composition. Welldone my friend.

Be Happy...

hi selen!
congrat to a very beautiful picture!
very nice to see!

Hello Selen,
Oh, aren't they cute!
And such fun coordinated poses...
Wonderful 3-D effect in the frame, colour reproduction is spotless!
Pablo -

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-04-29 6:42]

Hello Selene , A Great shot from this trio , great compositie sharpnes colours details pov and dof good job , tfs ,Greetings Teunie .

Merhaba Selen Hanım,
Arıkuşlarının benzer poz ve aynı doğrultudaki bakışlarıyla çok hoş bir an. Arka plandaki blurlu ağaçlar bir suluboya çalışmasını andırıyor!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-30 5:43]

Hello Selen,
Wow, what a masterpiece! Three in a row and they're soooo beautiful! Great focus on them all, sharp details and wonderful colours. Well composed too!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-30 8:23]

Hi Selen,
Wow......outstanding shot of this trio in a fine pose. Very impressive sharpness and colours on their plumages with superb lighting and exposure levels. The BG looks so charming. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

Hello Selen,
Three is better than two in portraiture, they always say.
Besides technically well done; each Bee-eater is sharp; well applied DOF.
Well done

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-05-04 1:30]

Hello Selen,
Back from a small holiday and found your three fantastic photos of last week. Excellent colours and sharpness. Great composition.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-05-05 10:57]

merhaba selen hanim
bu uc guzeli ayni guzellikte kadrajlamissiniz
poz, arka fon, isik, renkler ve detaylar basarili
elinize saglik

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-05-07 4:29]

Hi Selen.
I love these birds, I cannot take good shot of them and I like your superb shot of wonderful scene with them. All is great. Image of every bird is excellent, BG is superb, tree twigs create and very nice pattern. Bravo. Perfect work.

Hello Selen. To me, Bee-eater is the most gorgeous looking bird and you have captured them well here in trios. Stunning sharpness and pristine clarity the the uniform perch on the branch. The muted background is the photographer's skill here. Regards. Jusni

Hi Selen
I like your photo

Selen , nefis olmuş , tebrikler .

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