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Little Green Bee-Eater

Little Green Bee-Eater
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Copyright: Vishal Sabharwal (shal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70s, Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D AF ED, UV Filter
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Gems from India [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-23 10:25
Viewed: 5703
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Little Green Bee-eater, Merops orientalis, is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. 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. Migration is limited to seasonal movements depending on rainfall patterns.

This species, like other bee-eaters, is a richly coloured, slender bird. It always has green upper parts, but the head and underpart colours vary widely depending on the race. Thus, southeast Asian birds have rufous crown and face, and green underparts, whereas Arabian breeders have a green crown, blue face and bluish underparts. The wings are green and the beak is black. It reaches a length of 16-18 cm, including the two elongated central tail feathers. These elongated tail feathers are absent in juveniles. Sexes are alike.

This is an abundant and fairly tame bird, familiar throughout its range. It is a bird which breeds in open country with bushes. In Africa and Arabia it is found in arid areas, but is more catholic in its habitats further east. Just as the name suggests, bee-eaters predominantly eat insects, especially bees, wasps and ants, which are caught in the air by sorties from an open perch. This species often hunts from low perches, maybe only a metre or less high. They readily make use of fence wires and electric wires. Before eating its meal, a bee-eater removes the sting by repeatedly hitting the insect on a hard surface.

Unlike most bee-eaters, these are often solitary nesters, making a tunnel in sandy banks. The breeding pairs are often joined by helpers.They sometimes form small colonies, or nest near other bee-eaters. They lay 4 to 8 spherical white eggs. Both the male and the female take care of the eggs. These birds roost communally, lined up on a tree branch. The call is a soft trill.

A study showed that Little Green Bee-eaters are capable of putting themselves in the place of other animals. They were able to predict whether a predator at a particular location would be capable of spotting their nest entrance and behaving appropriately. The ability to look from another's point of view was usually believed to be possessed only by the primates.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-10-23 10:31]

Hi Vishal

What a slpendid composition! That little bea-eater looks really beautiful on that tree beanch!
The colors here are simply lovely, in my opinion, both those of the little bird's and the rones from that great blurry BG, too.
The details are also very nice and sharp, the light excellent and the POV and DOF impecable.
Very well done!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Shal,
I like this composition very much with those nice colors and great details. This is a very good picture and I liked your interesting notes about them. I also like this BG and lightning. It's funny to see how small he seems to be. Thanks,

Damn nice shot Vishal! Excellent color on the bird and super complimentary background. Good detail nice composition.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-10-23 11:49]

Hello Vishal,
This is a very fine shot of the Little Green Bee-eater. Fine because it is sharp and well composed. The BG is also suitably blurred but its greeness does not allow the the main subject to be dominant and I doubt whether you have taken this shot to illustrate camfouflage.
Nice to see anyway, regards, Ivan

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-10-23 11:56]

Hello Vishal,
I very much like this composition with the Little Bee-eater on the diagonal branch. Very sharp details and interesting background colour that matches the bird so exactly! (Maybe I would have cropped it a bit on the right!)
TFS, Ulla

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-10-23 12:21]

Hi Vishal, what a very nice lovely colorfull bee eater.
Great work.

Hi Vishal,

WoW what a shot
Superb composition, sharpness ,colours, POV and BG

TFS Thijs

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-10-23 13:31]

Hi Vishal,
Excellent capture.
The BG is in wondeful harmonie to the bird and shows it off very well.
gr. paula

lovely shot. composition is good. the blurred green background is perfect for the shot. the dof is very good. the sharpness is excellent.the colours are well saturated.
nice work.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-10-23 15:02]

Stunning green BG - the bird looks gorgeous against it. Lovely composition, sharp details and great POV



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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2006-10-23 15:10]

..............how did you get this done? This is great. It looks like all the bits and pieces fell toghether: Bird, colours, background, sharpness and composition. WOnderful picture.

Namaste Vishal,
it's a wonderful bird - and I love the same colours, although there's a good contrast - unbeleavable! Excellent work, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

  • fartash Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1013 W: 54 N: 1431] (5161)
  • [2006-10-23 15:58]

Hello Vishal
Very nice shot of Green Bee-Eater,
beautiful colors and composition.


great pic again, just like a painting, TFS Ori

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2006-10-23 21:23]

Very beatiful composition. These green tones looks really nice. I liked it.
TFS Vishal.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-10-23 22:12]

Excellente composition,les couleurs et la pose de l,oiseau sur cette branche sont extra.


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-10-24 4:29]

Hi Vishal,

A great shot of this almost in the BG camouflaged bee eater,well captured with a good POV,sharpness and details are excellent,well done and TFS,



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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-10-24 9:54]

Nice composition&DOF is excellent!!TFS!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-10-24 13:05]

Namaste Vishal... perfect composition with amazing color.

I like it a lot: composition, POV, DOF, focus, sharpness, lighting, color, framing, background, notes.

I don't like it: nothing.

Impressive capture, thank you for posting.
Regards... Ricardo

photo extra,belles couleurs bien net. Thomas

c'est peu etre dommage que le BG ne soit pas d'une autre couleur mais on ne peut choisir ou l'oiseau se pose.
toujours est il qu'il est tres beau.
merci du partage.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-10-26 13:54]

Hello Vishal,
I like this shot a lot, you did a great job showing this bird off. The green BG does looks lovely. POV, sharpness and composition are superp.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-10-26 21:25]

Hello Shal

A beautiful composition.The DOF and POV are excellent.The colours are well saturated.Many beautiful shades of green.The details are really clear.Nicely done.TFS


Hi Vishal,
WOW! what a beautiful shot. The overall composition and framing looks superb. Perfectly isolated on the branch from a lush OOF backround. Nice sharp detail. Excellent camera work here with great notes.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-10-27 9:43]

Hi Vishal, very nice composition, it's a very beautiful bird and you caught it in a very good way. Sharp and clear, well done, thanks.


Hi Vishal
This bee eater is very nice and background is perfect for this birds.

Now you nailed the shot perfect here, the detail and exposure are on the money and that BG is perfect! My hats off to you for a very fine shot.


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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-10-28 14:06]

Hello Vishal , A Great shot from the bird , good sharpnes details pov colours bg , very nice ,Good Weekend Teunie .

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-10-28 21:23]

Hello Vishal,
Amazing picture. I love the colours of the beeeater and the way they are combined with the background.
All the best!

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  • HELO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 6 N: 54] (352)
  • [2006-11-07 14:10]

très belle photo
très belle oiseau

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-01-12 4:16]

Just wonderful! Excellent in all aspects. Really beautiful color, point of view and composition.
Very good job.
My compliments and TFS.
Best wishes

Hi Vishal!

I browsed through your pictures and - among others - I found this one very nice and interesting. This bee-eater is at the same time beautifully colored and has a perfect camouflage.

The photo is also very aesthetic from my point of view.



hi vishal!
very nice photo on this beauty!
fine matching background and
good composition
sharp with fine dof and pov

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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2007-02-05 10:28]

Hello Vishal ,
Great shot!
Lovely composition and colors. Fantastic light and clear details in great BG. I like the subtle tones.
Nice work.
Very well done.

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  • aaronr (8)
  • [2007-02-11 11:52]

hi shal ,

amazing picture i love the colours nice background keep it up

Hi Shal,
lovely to see such pretty birds in your collection,
birds and animals make this world such a beautiful place,
The asthetics here are eye catching,
Good work,

Great shot! The colourful bee eater in front of a washed out green backgrnd look fabulous.

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