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Colors of Nature
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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
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bee Eaters [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-08 5:10
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European Bee-eaters are summer visitors to Turkey. They usually stay between April and August.
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.

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Interesting action shot, Selen.
The one about to settle on the branch has been captured very well.
The other one looking at the action seems to be a little worried about the other's antics.
A beautiful shot of these colourful European Bee Eaters.
TFS and regards.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-08 5:15]

Hello Selen.
Beautiful picture, super colours, sharpness and composition. Bird in super flight.
Best regards Siggi

What a great composition Selen.
Perfectly timed capture with the shutter speed just right to freeze the movement and get good detail throughout.
Excellent work!

Hello Selen,

Superb picture.
Great capture with nice colours.
Fantastic composition and lighting.

Hi Selen,

This is a fantastic action shot showing us both the front abd back colours of this bird. Well seen and well captured with good detail. Your exposure choice was just right.



Bafadan bir bşka güzel kare. nefis bir zamanlama, harika bir çekim. uzun bir aradan sonra tekrar fotoğraflarınızı görmekten memnun oldum. elinize sağlık Selen hanım. sağlıcakla kalın, selamlar.

Hola Selen, muy bonita composición captando un excelente momento.
Muy buena exposición, con tonos de color naturales y muy atractivos.
Un saludo

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-08 5:43]

Hello Selen,
A superb in-flight shot of a European Bee-eater showing the colourful splendour of its wings and back while another looks on from a great POV.
Technically first rate and well composed.
TFS tis beauty,
Best wishes,

Selen, this is an outstanding shot. You did a great job capturing these birds.

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selam Selen herzamanki kalitesinde tebrikler

Selam Selen hanım, mükemmel zamanlı bir kare. Kuş fotoğrafçılığında ne kadar iyi ve mükemmel olduğunuzu da gösteren bir belge. Elinize sağlık.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-08 6:55]

Hello Selen,
Lovely capture of these Bee-eaters in action.
Great focus on both, good sharpness and beautiful colours. I like the colour of the background the the composition is beautiful!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

Hi my friend
This is a very moment, he is one of my favourite birds , great shot.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-08 8:00]

Hello Selen,
What a perfection. Superb photo! Everything in this photo is so good. Fantastic timing. Even the composition is marvelous. Not easy in this case. But the bird are both in the right position.

Marhaba Selen,

A really beautiful capture of these European Bee-Eaters. The colors, sharpness & detail are excellent. TFS.



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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-08 8:35]

Hi Selen.
Superb scene. I am amazed a lot. Timing and composition of the image are spot on as well as fine rich colours and terrific sharpness of both birds and tree branches. Smooth remote BG is great canvas for your subject. Well done and my greetings.

Excellent image, Selen.
Especially through its colors and the moment chosen.

Merhaba Selen, wonderful couple of bird, I like a lot flying one, with fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, superb composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

Dear Selen,
very well captured colorful photograph of the bee eaters with excellent POV, details & sharpness. TFS.

Ciao Selen,
splendido momento di cattura di questi gruccioni, eccellenti POV e composizione per la bellissima postura di volo, i riflessi dell'occhio e lo stupendo OOF BG, molto buona la definizione, magnifici i colori e la luce.

Merhaba my friend Selen,
delighted to see your posting once a while with great quality always!
perfect image of a inflight action and a stationed colourful bee-eaters
best dof in total sharpness, nice colour and details on the subjects!
well done
greeting and take good care
from NZ, Tony

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-08 12:19]

Hi Selen. This is a first class picture. To catch the bee Eater in flight with such detail.and excellent colours. you have handeled the light so well. TFs.

Olá Selen

Uma foto excelente...cores fascinantes e bela composição.
Grande abraço,

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-08 20:36]

Hello Selen,

The moment you took the photo has been very well chosen as the flying bird displaied the beautifull colors of the plumage. It is also the good light that helped showing the colors so nice.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-10-08 21:51]

Hi Selen
Great action shot with stunning colors and fine detail.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-10-08 23:58]

Merhaba Selen,
Birini önden, diğerini arkadan tüm detayları ve muhteşem renkleriyle çok enfes kaydetmişsin.
Seyri çok hoş, dinamik bir kare. Eline sağlık.


Hi Selen,
Very nice capture of Bee-eaters in action. Very good POV and composition, sharp details and beautiful bright colours.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-10-09 11:17]

Hi Selen!

Looks more like picture from South America! One of most colorfull and 'tropical' European birds perfectly catched. Two in one - I like bird in flight, but other one also looks great.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-09 13:29]

What a fantastic shot Selen!!
The colours here are magnificent!!
Very good poses and excellent timing!
Superb composition.
Great sharpness.

One of your best!

Well done,

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2008-10-09 20:51]
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Double success, Selen! Very nice! The bird's poses are amazing! I love the colours! Did you shoot it with the 1.4 extender or just the 100-400?
All the best!

Hi Selen. Excellent double capture with so sharp and details. I like the title and these bee-eaters are just so colorful. Top class image and I like it. Best regards. Jusni

Hi Selen,

This is a beauty, I really like the way you have captured this, wonderful timing, stunning colours, excellent detail, just superb, have a great weekend, all the best,

Cheers Rick :)

merhaba selen hanım,
Çok renkli bir tür v ötüşlerini çok seviyorum beslenme tarzları da çok güzel tabiki,
Dinlenme anlarını yakalamak çok zordur,
Güzel bir çalışma.

hello selen,
very nice capture, you have freezed the moment well, liked the colors and the composition,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Selen,
They are amazing birds so colorful! This is a beautiful capture, something not easy to do to have both bird in focus and one taking off! You chose excellent settings for this one. This is very well done and I like the colors of the background! Greetings!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-10-10 8:01]

Hi Selen
Wow beautiful composition.Outstanding POV and very sharp image with excellent detail.Perfect timing.I also like that nice OOF BG.
TFS Michel

Hola Selen, excelente captura, llena de dinámica, una placentera composición , un buen desenfoque en el BG, gran calidad de detalles y colrido.

They are really beautiful colours. Love the scene!
The depth this has is amazing.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-10-15 0:42]

Genial disparo Selen,
perfecto pov y efectivo momento...
bien trabajo amiga,

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  • elif Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 164 W: 0 N: 101] (466)
  • [2008-10-24 12:10]

renkler harika elinize sağlık Selen Hanım.. iyi günler

Hi Selen,
waow, very nice capture, composition, colours and moment!

Hello Selen.

Excellent image, nice composition and colors.

Happy new year.
Jose Luis.

Great photo. really timing is amazing.

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