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Little Green Bee-eater, Merops orientali

Little Green Bee-eater, Merops orientali
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Copyright: Goutham Ramesh (goutham_ramesh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 835 W: 154 N: 2871] (12237)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D 80, Sigma 50 -500mm f4/6.3 DG EX APO HSM
Exposure: f/11, 1/50 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): GouthamBirds, annick vanderschelden's favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-14 10:33
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Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi all,
This was shot during our trip to Maidanahalli. This is Little Green Bee-eater, Merops orientalis, which is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. It is resident in a belt across sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal and The Gambia to Ethiopia, the Nile valley, western Arabia and Asia through India to Vietnam.

Like other bee-eaters, this species is a richly coloured, slender bird. It always has green upper parts, but the head and underpart colours vary widely depending on the subspecies. Thus, southeast Asian birds have rufous crown and face, and green underparts, whereas Arabian breeders have a green crown, blue face and bluish underparts. The wings are green and the beak is black. It reaches a length of 16-18 cm, including the two elongated central tail feathers. These elongated tail feathers are absent in juveniles. Sexes are alike.

For more info visit :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Green_Bee-eater

Goutham R

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-14 10:53]

Hi Goutham. What a cute little one this is, Such bright colours which you have taken so well with fine detail. i like the pose with the bird looking to the side . Stands out so well against the plain BG. well done TFS

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-07-14 10:57]

Hi Goutham,

A splendid shot of this beautiful Bee-eater with its magnificent colors. The details of the face, eye, and plummage are superb. He looks so good against the background.


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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-07-14 11:08]

Hola Goutham, muy bonita composición, tonos de color naturales y muy buena exposición. El fondo es muy bueno, resalta aún más el motivo. Un saludo

Superb composition ramesh.


Hi Goutham,
wonderful shot of this beautiful Bee-eater
excellent colours and details

Gee, your little bird must have posed very still for you... 1/50 sec shutter speed? It is a really nice shot with lovely colors and soft background.

Evelynn : )

very nice shot...good sharpness, and i like the head turn.

Marvallous colors & amazing details true to ur style!liked the brown in the rump.

Hi Goutham,
A lovely capture of this beautiful bee eater. Superb details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Goutham
Fantastic shot. Razor sharp image. Great simple composition, perfect background Nothing, nothing to critique
Best wishes

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-07-15 3:55]

Hello Ramesh, Perfect shot. I tried last time to take a shot but somehow could not focus on the eyes. You have done it brilliantly. Ganesh

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-07-15 4:13]

Hello Goutham,

What a splendid shot with natural colors. Immaculate sharpness and blurred BG.Interesting details of the plumage. Quills are also so clear.
Thanks for sharing

Hello Goutham,
very cute and beautiful shot of bee-eater with excellent details,nice composition,superb sharpness and bg,
very well done,

Goutham I wonder why you didn't put this as your 300th picture? Well great shot, I like the colours, shapness, composition and back ground is complementing too :) TFS (is it juvenile?)


Perfect shot. Contrasty background. Nice catch light. Excellent sharpness. Good composition. Pleasure to look at.

- Murali Santhanam

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-07-15 13:41]

What a lovely photo, Goutham.
This so natural that I feel I could reach out and touch it!
Very sharp and crisp.
Superb composition.

Very well done,


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-07-18 21:19]
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Hi Goutham

A super sharp capture of the bee eater.There have been several of the bee eater entries that i have come across in TN, but i think this one is outstanding.It is as if you were standing right behind the bird and this one was ready to indulge you.Very good PoV and Dof.

I also have a greater liking for the juvenile Little Green bee-eater, i think they look a tad cuter (without the elongated tail) than their other cousins. Your capture is perfect and your lens work wonders picking up every little hue in the bird...it is perhaps the first time that i notice the arrangement of its plumage as if in a well manicured and cropped up step-by-step fashion.

The Bg and the perch compliment the excellent composition.LIghting looks just fine and I am one of those for quite this genre of composition wherein one leaves a good amount of space againt the subject.

Into my favourites...

TFS & Cheers

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