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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-05-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: NIKON D 610, Nikon 300mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S + 1,4TC II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-05-16 6:49
Viewed: 1533
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

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, India and Sri Lanka. 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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You really lived up to your photograph No. 600!!

Gorgeous minimalist composition, great opportunity to capture these three Merops apiaster; on de same twig; and with such good approach.
I particularly like the perfect exposure ...

A big hug and congratulations 600 for you, buddy.


Mind blowing capture of 3 of them together, Marius!
Super rich and natural colours and tack sharp focus.

Ciao Marius, congratulations for your 600th post on TN, great capture of fantastic trio, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-05-16 11:13]

Hello Marius,
Last weeks i saw a lot of Bee-eaters on Lesvos and I had the opportunity to made some photos of them, but this is so nice! The different poses, the splendid colours and the great sharpness against this blurred background is really perfect.
Congratulations on your 600th posting.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-05-16 12:45]

Waaw Marius,what a great way to celebrate your 600th masterwork! A very lucky meeting like the yesterday's ducks and another spectacular capture.Great details and bright colors in a magic and unique perspective,i like it!! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Congratulations! A great shot for your 600th post.
Perfect focus on all the birds, great colors, excellent background! TFS


Great compostion with plenty of space in front of the birds. Very sharp front to back, nice light and geogrous birds. A great photo.

Ciao Marius,
照的清晰 很漂亮的鳥
顏色鮮豔華麗 三支排在一綺貞是很新奇
光線明亮溫柔 一隻的翅膀打開 非常地美麗
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Time passes so fast! 600th photo.
Very nice picture for this event. Bee-eaters are beautiful birds. This image is very colourful and detailed. Great composition and pleasant point of view. Now only 400 left to 1000. Thanks for sharing such wonderful contributions to the site. Best regards.

Bonjour Marius,
Félicitations pour la performance et pour cette agréable publication valorisant bien les sujets dans une belle lumičre et sous une bonne profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2014-05-17 10:19]

Buna Marius,
Best compliments for your 600th ..
Excellent POV and sharp image with nice detail. Great colors and excellent light.
Have a nice weekend,

Hello Marius

Congratulations for your 600th post on TN,
beautiful photo of the European Bee-eater
with fine POV and framing, beautiful color
tones of their plumage, TFS


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-05-18 2:02]

Hello Marius,
Congratulations for your 600th posting. A most beautiful shot at this occasion. Three Bee eaters in a row, just perfect. Fine blureed background as contrast to the colorful birds.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2014-05-18 7:06]

Congrats on your 600th, Marius. And what beauty it is! Beautiful catch: Great colors and sharpness over a neat background.

Keep up the good work!


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-05-18 19:06]

Hello Marius, Congratulations on number 600!!
Do you have any idea how excited I would be to capture a shot like this!!! Simply gorgeous group of bee-eaters, which have become one of my favorite birds here on TN. Perfectly timed shot while displaying outstanding detail and mind blowing colors. Awesome!!!

Three colourful birds on a wire....!

Congratulation Marius with your 600th post om TN and allways with beautiful picture so as nowe
the tree beeeaters are super good sharpness and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2014-06-08 10:14]

Hi Marius,
congratulations for your 600th post !
An amazing photo to celebrate it I like it very much !
Im looking forward for your new photos !
Best regards my friend !

Hello Marius-Congratulation for you 600th posting here in TN.Precise and useful NOTE.Excellent captured this moment of this 3 beautiful birds.Excellent details and colour.Thanks for sharing.Regards and have a nice time-Srikumar

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2014-07-22 8:08]

Hi dear friend.
Sorry, I am too late but… My the heartiest congratulations on so significant for all of us event. Every your picture is example of high photo art, your comments are kind and useful and notes are deductive. Many thanks for your contribution to TN and TN-society. Brilliant picture of one of my favorable bird species. Subject is sweet, colours are amazing, details of the twigs and amazing trio are simply stunning. BG is also splendid in its smoothness and colours. Bravo.
P.S. Thanks a lot for so high estimation of my last picture. Estimation of so great Master is very important for me.

Hi Marius,
What a breathtaking 600th post... One of the most colorful European birds, and immediately a trio! Beside the very pleasant composition your photo offers excellent clarity (totally noise free image), gorgeous colors and perfect sharpness, beside the uniqueness of the whole shot. Top class photo. Congratulations, both for the image and for the milestone. But where are you now? We're waiting for your comeback!
Best wishes, László

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