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Blue-tailed Bee-eaters

Blue-tailed Bee-eaters
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-12-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma DG 150-500mm 1:5-6.3 APO HSM
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-25 22:30
Viewed: 1964
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Blue-tailed Bee-eater, Merops philippinus is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. It breeds in southeastern Asia. It is strongly migratory, seen seasonally in much of peninsular India.

This species is sometimes considered to be conspecific with the Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, M. persicus.
This species, like other bee-eaters, is a richly-coloured, slender bird. It is predominantly green; its face has a narrow blue patch with a black eye stripe, and a yellow and brown throat; the tail is blue and the beak is black. It can reach a length of 23-26 cm, including the two elongated central tail feathers. Sexes are alike.

This is a bird which breeds in sub-tropical open country, such as farmland, parks or ricefields. It is most often seen near large waterbodies. Like other bee-eaters it predominantly eats insects, especially bees, wasps and hornets, which are caught in the air by sorties from an open perch.This species probably takes bees and dragonflies in roughly equal numbers. The insect that are caught are beaten on the perch to kill and break the exoskeleton. This habit is seen in many other members of the coraciiformes order.

These bee-eaters are gregarious, nesting colonially in sandy banks or open flat areas. They make a relatively long tunnel in which the 5 to 7 spherical white eggs are laid. Both the male and the female take care of the eggs. These birds also feed and roost communally. The call is similar to that of the European Bee-eater.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-01-26 1:06]

Salam Foozi,
Aesthetics is a double ..
Great POV and impressive colors for this The Blue-tailed Bee-eater.
Best wishesi

Ciao Foozi. Interesting POV here with brilliant colours and very good details against the soft blue BG.


Nice POV. good sharpness and colour. BG colour enhance the subject nicely.

Hi Foozi,

Fabulous capture of this pair of Blue-tailed Bee-eaters my good friend, splendid exposure control, good composition and POV, perhaps not as sharp as you would like?, however a full 500mm with a relatively slow shutter speed with no tripod hmmm a most difficult task at the best of times!, nevertheless Foozi a terrific moment captured here and very well done,
Best Regards,


Nice photo of the bee-eaters with good detail and nice pose. Excellent light and colours.
Good composition.
regards yiannis

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-26 6:57]

Hello Foozi,
A photo in a personal composition. Nice clear colours. Beautiful poses.

Hi Foozi,
really interesting photo of these birds. Amazing colours. Very good point of view.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Foozi
Beautiful photo with interesting composition and fantastic colours. Interesting species too.

Hello Foozi,
A wonderful composition with lovely colours. Well done!

hello Foozi
very good picture with great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-01-26 11:06]

Hello Foozi.
Clarity, colors, focus, sharpness, light, details, POV, and composition are great.Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-01-26 14:17]

Hi Foozi,great capture in a very curious position,they seem in pose only for you..eeeh..and they seems proud to enter in the TN gallery..ehehe..great capture whit excellent sharpness and beautiful colors.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Foozi

Very beautiful and excellent photo of these
Blue-tailed Bee-eaters with fine POV and the way
they are framed on the image, beautiful light,
excellent focus sharpness and details, TFS


Salam Foozi,
Fabulous double capture of these fanciful bee eaters.Lovely graphism and fine details against the spotless blue sky.
Thanks and have a great weekend.

Ciao Foozi, lovely diagonal composition with nice couple in great pose, fine details, excellent sharpness, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hallo Foozi,
a very beautiful capture of the Blue-tailed Bee-eater, very good sharpness and splendid natural colours, very nice composiiton
Best regards

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