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BEE EATER


BEE EATER
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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5411] (29584)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2019-06-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: NIKON D810, Nikon 300mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S + 1,4TC II
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2019-06-13 1:51
Viewed: 139
Points: 16
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BEE EATER (MEROPS APIASTER):

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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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 332 W: 12 N: 90] (9702)
  • [2019-06-13 1:56]

Beautiful square frame, nice catch TFS.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6515 W: 89 N: 15622] (65349)
  • [2019-06-13 9:50]

Hi Marius,beautiful couple of bee eaters in a perfect pose,always nice to see these colorful birds,perfect quality as usual.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 821 W: 0 N: 2415] (10650)
  • [2019-06-13 10:52]

Buna Marius,
Excellent capture!!
Very nice presentation of these Bee Eaters in good sharpness, details and fine natural colours.
Best wishes,
Seyfi

What a lovely frame Marius.

Regards,
Biswarup

Your Bee Eater pictures are always appealing and this one is no exception, Marius. European Bee Eaters are decidedly more beautiful than their counterparts in the rest of the world and your picture of this pair amply demonstrates it.
ram

Ciao Maius, great macro of lovely couple, fantastic colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Marius,

The branch is helping to frame the birds. The point of view is showing the details of the Bee Eater. The light is bringing out the ebauty of the colors. Have a nice day.

Pierre

Hello Marius,
Top class, no doubt. Perfect background and light.
Thanks and regards,
Srikumar

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