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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D700, AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, Kenko AF 1.4x Pro DG, Hoya PRO1 DMC UV(0) 77 mm
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-30 22:09
Viewed: 3521
Points: 76
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Once more picture of the same Bee-eater is posting now. Despite the shot is almost identical to the previous one (Skilful Hunter), it demonstrates some manipulation of the bird with a prey before a swallowing of the food.

After capturing of a bumblebee, the bird struck with a prey on a wire many times. Sometimes it tossed up the bee and caught the prey again getting a better grip. Just this scene was pictured by me.

In a few moments the bumblebee was swallowed with great difficulties (the prey was too big for the bird). This process was also recorded by me but I do not wish to betray yours attention at all and complete the presentation of this cute representative of the species.

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Wow great moment and good pic. Thanks for showing

Witaj Aleksiej,
Bee-eater is a beautiful bird. You shot a great share. Best cadre!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-01-31 0:26]

Hello Alex,
such a pretty bird well seen in great details. To me, the wonderful blue sky is really pleasant and catchy.
How wonderful to see the bee being utilised by the eater.
excellent work, ptresented in superb composition.


Hi Alexei,
this is a high quality picture, expect not less from you. :-)
I do like the composition, a classical X in a square format.
The colours are fine and natural, well exposed and accurate WB also.
Well done. old friend.

Thanks d for you wishes and words in my last post.
Since I have a bad internet connection I can not be here on TN as much as I like. Hopefully it will better in about 7-10 days when I get a own connection in the apartment instead of using hotspot zone.

Regards from Ayia Napa

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-31 1:02]

Hello Alexei,
Wonderful timing in this photo! Fantastic sharpness, details, composition and very beautiful colours. Splendid blue sky in the background too. High quality!

Hello Alex,
Great moment and capture. Perfect composition, beautiful colors and impressive sharp details.
Very well done!
Best regards

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-01-31 1:24]

Hi Alexei,
Excellent shot ..
Lovely bird on a beautiful blue sky wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness.
Best wishes,

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  • aljy Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 4 N: 42] (593)
  • [2012-01-31 1:48]

hello alexei

what a timing of this capture! wowww!
u have a very good colour combination and compostion.light conrol and balancing very perfect with noisless bg.very good job!

Ciao Alexei, great capture of lovely bird eating its prey, nice double diagonal composition, fantastic colors, splendid sharpness and fine details , very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

you catch the moment, great scene and composition from your POV, quality on top, with very good colors and details!
regards Alexei

Hi Alexei, Fabulous capture of this Bee-eater with its catch, superb POV that shows the action well, splendid exposure/white balance, lovely colour tones, perhaps could be a a little sharper, but as presented a lovely picture to view, good effort here Alexei and very well done,
Best Regards,


Hallo Alexei,
a superb capture of the Bee-eater, impressive details and marvellous natural colours, great timing, excellent point of view and very nice composition with a spectacular posture of this colourful bird
Best regards

Ciao Alexei. Magnificent coloured one in action. The best POV MF.


A dramatic situation captured with your renowned dexterity and unusual skills as a nature photographer, Alexei.
The eye of the Bee Eater is fixed on the Bumblebee. All the antics it must have performed before swallowing the prey can well be imagined.
Looking up almost vertically, you have managed a perfect shot at a fast shutter speed.
Many thanks for your kind words on my mountain image and for sharing this masterpiece.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-01-31 5:28]

Hello Alexei,
this image is splendid! Great timing and sharpness; beautiful natural colours and perfect contrast with a blue sky. A beauty!

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2012-01-31 5:37]

Well taken and well presented picture.
Pleasing colour and light.
Successful timing.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-01-31 7:02]

Hi Alex,welcombe back! Your pics are are but always a great spectacle to see!! Magnificent capture from below and great timing too,super sharpness,light balance and colors,i like it!Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Excellent moment captured from a good point of view with good detail and light.
Good background and colours.
regards yiannis

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2012-01-31 7:19]

Hello Alexei,
great timing, a very nice photo .. Congratulations.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-01-31 8:18]

Hello Alexei,
A fine well-timed capture of this European Bee-eater dealing with his captured bee before swallowing it.
The bee-eater and its action are well seen with fine sharpness and natural colours in a pleasing composition.
Thanks and best regards to you,

Hi Alexei,
excellent photo. AMazing colours. Perfect situation captured. Nice blue sky as a background.
Have a nice evening,

hello Alexei
super good moment with great details and good sharpness
colours are super
thanks greeting lou

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2012-01-31 11:23]

Hello Aleksiej!
Wonderful action shot with lovely lighting and blue sky.Well done! TFS
Regards from,

PS: thanks for visiting my gallery! I appreciated it!

Hello Alexei

Great timing to shoot the photo, with a fine POV
and the way it is framed, great focus sharpness details,



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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-01-31 11:41]

Hello Alexei.
Beautiful action capture.The image is very sharp with an excellent POV ,colors and details are great.I like that catchlight in the eye of the Bee eater.Best regards Siggi

Hello Alexei,
Excellent timing and wonderful colours for this capture. The details, sharpness and composition are also great. Well done!

Ya van bien estas escenas veraniegas con el frio que tenemos.
Interesante ángulo de disparo y valorar especialmente lo bien
que captaste la presa del abejarruco.
Un abrazo Alexei: Josep Ignasi.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2012-01-31 19:37]

Hello Alexei,
It's great to view your outstanding work once again. What great action you have for us here, one less bumblebee coming up.

Impressive scene and great photo Alexei! Perfect timing, very good composition, fantastic colours and good sharpness.

Hello Alexei,
A very nice captured of this Bee-eater, fantastic precise timing, lovely highlighted eye, great details sharpness and wonderful colours,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice afternoon,
Best Regards,

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-02-01 10:31]

Hi Alex!
A wonderful bird captured from a very good POV. The image is perfectly clear and the details of the bird are superb.
Excellent lighting and marvellous colours. I love the blue sky as BG.
Congratulations, also for your perfect timing!
Ciao! Vanda

Hello Alexei,
The moment captured in this shot is truly stunning. The open beak with the capture are in excellent sharp details. Beautiful spotless blue sky in the background is just fabulous. Visually pleasing image and thanks for sharing.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-02-02 18:15]

Hello Alexei,
I have always admired the beautiful colors of this pretty little bird, but this is the first time I actually saw one that had captured a bee. Great timing and wonderful use of your camera. Detail is excellent and exposure is superb. Well done!!

Hi Alexei,
Great timing and skill in getting the action so sharp and clear. The presentation is attractive. TFS,

Hello Alexei,
A Beautiful composition of the bird in action. Excellent timing with sharpness and detail, colours and POV. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards,

great capture for a very wonderful bird, congratulations Ale !

ciao, tino

Privet Alexei,
Me again... Beautiful image with exceptional clarity, a great moment was captured. I'm amazed by your work, your gallery is one of the most interesting ones on the whole TrekNature. Exceptional job with a personal note (as always from you). Please come back soon.
Friendly regards, László

Hello Alex,
Wonderful timing!


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