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Little Green Bee Eater

Little Green Bee Eater
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-14 0:59
Viewed: 3394
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Little Green Bee-eater, Merops orientalis, is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family. 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.

This species should not be confused with the Little Bee-eater, Merops pusillus.


Like other bee-eaters, this species is a richly coloured, slender bird. It is about 9 inches (16-18 cm) long with about 2 inches made up by the elongated central tail-feathers. The sexes are not visually distinguishable. The entire plumage is bright green and tinged with blue especially on the chin and throat. The crown and upper back are tinged with golden rufous. The flight feathers are rufous washed with green and tipped with blackish. A fine black line runs in front of and behind the eye. The iris is crimson and the bill is black while the legs are dark grey. The feet are weak with the three toes joined at the base. Southeast Asian birds have rufous crown and face, and green underparts, whereas Arabian beludschicus has a green crown, blue face and bluish underparts. The wings are green and the beak is black. The elongated tail feathers are absent in juveniles. Sexes are alike.

The calls is a nasal trill 'tree-tree-tree-tree, usually given in flight.


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Hi ram
Congratulation for photograph
Really very good
I enjoyed the photo

Well done

Ciao Ram.
bella composizione con il rametto di spine che offre una bella prospettiva diagonale a questo gruccione catturato in una bella posa con ottima definizione, molto bella la luce che si riflette nell'occhio.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-14 1:40]

Hi Ram,
Lovely capture of this beeeater.Cross framing,BG,details and colors are excellent.
Thanks for posting.

hello sir,
what a lovely capture, the uniform lihgt bg looks great and offers perfect contrast to the colorful bird, excellent composition, well exposed capture,
well done sir,
tfs & regards

Happy New Year 2009.

An excellent shot of this blue eater Ram Sir.The photograph is depicting the clear plumage of the bird and the position is absolute perfect.

Thanks for sharing

Wonderful clarity. Thanks for sharing.


Hi Ram,
This is one of your best photographs (my view) The high key almost white BG along with lowkey contrasty subject is what makes this picture standout. It so well composed that each and every object has a part to play, the twig gives the required depth of field to the pic and the green OOF area at the bottom anchors the main subject and makes this a natural looking shot.

Thank you for sharing this beauty with us.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-14 4:15]

Hello Ram,
A wonderful composition showing the pretty little Bee-eater in beautiful light with good focus on its eye. I love the long tail feathers and the lovely colours of the plumage. Excellent work!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Mr. Ram,
A nice capture of this beautiful green bee eater. Superb sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.


Well, it seems your wonderful Bee Eaters are back Ram, always a pleasure, seeing their beautifully captured fine forms and rich colourations, such as the present one. Thanks for sharing this very pleasant image with us my friend.

hello Ram
great sharpness picture
good colours and details
greeting lou

hi ram, wow ! amazing shot ! i love bee-eater. it is a wonderful bird any you caught it at best ! great sharpness and excellent natural colors. you did really a great job ! tfs, catia.

Bonjour Ram
Très jolies et fraiches couleurs pour encadrer ton charmant oiseau.
Les détails sont excellents tout comme la composition.
Merci pour le partage...JP

great shot in good light , wonderful colours and fine details , perfect exposure and nice DOF ,

Dear Ram Sir,
Very well captured shot of this bee-eater. It has unique POV, details & sharpness against beautiful clear BG (may be with high contrast) but it stands out very well. TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-14 10:16]

Hello Ram,
Beautiful photo of this Bee-eater in a great composition and good natural colours. Very sharp. Nice contrasting BG.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-14 10:28]

Hello Ram,
Very good details and sharpness, perfect composition and great colours. Great work! Well done, Best regards Siggi

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-01-14 11:44]

Hello Ram!

Fantastic bird today! I love its pose with stretched out long tail. Good colours and very clean composition with single twig. Pity that BG is almost white, but overall it's excellent picture my friend!

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-01-14 14:12]

Hello Ram !
Wow, I love this picture ! The pose of the bird is wonderful, looking into the far away horizon (or sky, or whatever...) It's nice also to see him sitting on such a dangerous-looking thorny twig, it's a nice contrast with the beauty of the bird. Nice details, too, and the white sky makes the bird stand out really nicely. Very well done !

hello Ram
great picture of this bee-eater sitting on this thorny branch
He stand out very nicely from the white BG
I like the composition very much

Hello Ram,
You mentioned that these are found through Africa and Asia, but I have seen very similar birds from South and Central America too.
They are probably different species, but similar nonetheless.
A very nice capture.
TFS this exotic species.

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  • ravish (28)
  • [2009-01-14 21:14]

Hello Ram,
I loved your composition of the bird perched on a thorny branch.The sharpness and the vivid details of the bird combined with its posture and the contrast provided by the thorny branch on the plain white-lit background provides some action to the shot.Moreover,the focus on the eye is exceptional.Thanks for sharing.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-01-15 5:09]

Hello Ram,
This is a very fine shot of the beautiful Green Bee-eater, showed in a perfect pose on a quite thorny branch. I suppose that there was some fog to have this special white background, which underlines the fine shape of the bird. It seems to me that this bird is living everywhere, except Switzerland. Thanks also so much to have made me enter in your favourite-list, I feel so happy.
Best regards

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-01-15 8:28]

Hi Sir,
Outstanding shot of this beautiful Bee-eater in such lovely lighting. Looks so elegant and exclusive. Very neat and sharp image and the BG makes the image stand out. Excellent POV, DOF and composition.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-19 21:30]

Hello Ram,

You have made a good photo with this nice bird. Despite your rear POV you have had a fine eye contact. The bird is sharply seen so good details of the plumage can be observed. The photo has a fine composition and the diagonaly placed perch looks fine.

Thank you for sharing,

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