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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: 2007-05-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400mm f4.5-5.6 VR
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-14 11:41
Viewed: 3702
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Firstly thanks to
for letting my test out her 80-400 VR :)

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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Namaste Vishal,
I love this one so much, such a fantastic moment, I'm a little jelous ;-) I was proud to find a dragonfly this weekend - and you found a dragonfly in the mouth of that beautiful bird, marvelous, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-05-14 11:57]

Hello Vishal,
Excellent capture.I liled moment you caught,colors,POV and framing a lot.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-05-14 13:56]

Hi Vishal

A superb shot of the coulourful Bee-Eater, very nicely composed with a great POv and a lovely pose of the bird enjoyin its Dragonfly Lunch, lovely feather detail and fabulous colours too.

TFS Hil :o)

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-05-14 13:58]

Hello Vishal,

Splendid moment, you show us a very great picture with a wonderful sharpness and quality, my compliments for this one.

Best regards,

bonjour vishal
cet oiseau est tres present en ce mement sur TN,mais c'est a chaque fois un ravissement de le voir!
les couleurs sont splendides et la netteté parfaite.
avec la proie en prime.
bien vu.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-05-15 13:12]

Hello Vishal,
very nice capture with a superb composition
Superb detail, and excellent bright colours. Very sharp and clear.
Thanks for posting


Great level of detail. Your 80-400 VR seem to be working well to get closer to the bird.

Murali Santhanam

Hi Vishal

Congrats on a magnificent shot. No nits here! :-)

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2007-05-19 16:35]

very very beautiful Shal...
wonderful capture... great details...

Hello Vishal,
Excellent macro.
i like colors,POV and details

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