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Two fellows

Two fellows
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Copyright: Selen Ediger (SelenE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Hoya UV 77mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bee Eaters [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-12 1:30
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
European Bee-eater
Merops apiaster

The bee-eaters are a group of near passerine birds in the family Meropidae. Most species are found in Africa but others occur in southern Europe, Madagascar, Australia and New Guinea. They are characterised by richly coloured plumage, slender bodies and usually elongated central tail feathers. All are colorful and have long downturned bills and pointed wings, which give them a swallow-like appearance when seen from afar.

Just as the expressive name reveals, bee-eaters predominantly eat insects, especially bees, wasps, and other flying insects, which are caught in the air by sallies from an open perch. While they will pursue any type of flying insect, honey bees predominate in their diet.

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 (or to North-Western India, southern India and Sri Lanka in the case of Asian birds). 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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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2007-09-12 1:59]

Merhaba Selen hanım, arka fon ile birlikte çok güzel bir kare yakalamışsın tebrik ederim :)

hi selen

beautiful specimen and good colors
i don't like to much the composition
best regards
aleks ;)

bonjour selen
quelle merveille de ces 2 petits oiseau, les couleurs sont merveilleuses et nettes sr un bon bg, bravo selen et merci a toi

Hi Selen,
A truly fantastic photo of the two very colorful birds. Very well composed with excellent DOF and composition. Nicely done. Thanks for sharing.

Best wishes,

Hi Selen,
Nice shot on these two bee-eater. They are colorful. You did record the moment well. Lovely natural environment. Very well done.

Hi Selen,
Cool capture of this pair. I like the exposure, and the birds wonderful colors that stand out so well in your frame..
Good details and...the two opposite views are attractive..Opposites attract as they say ;}
Well done!

Hi Selen
Buena captura de esta pareja de "abejarucos" bee-eaters en su medio natural... los míos ya estan camino de Africa y esperar con anhelo que vuelvan.

Very nice composition and good colors,


Fota super, extra!!!

Hi Selen.
Beautifully composed. Wonderful image with great detail, colour and exposure.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-12 4:42]

Hello Selen,
Wow, this is a splendid composition showing these beautiful bee-eaters posing nicely on a reed. Excellent sharpness and lovely colours.
I like your POV very much and the composition is excellent.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-09-12 5:04]

Hi Selen.
What a great scene. Amazing birds on the impressive ear are looked very nicely. At whole scenery is great. I like these birds. There are a lot of them but I cannot to come nearer to them at all. Even when I stop my car they depart immediately. Excellent composition. lovely colours and lights. Great job and TFS.

Really nice, well composed and saturated shot, Selen.

Hello Selen
Very intersting shot of these Bee-eaters,
Perfect focusing,lighting and DOF,
Superb shot,Welldone,friend.

Good Luck

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2007-09-12 7:00]

Bee-eater? So its why it is so sweet...
Excellent capture, Selen! This birds are beautiful and its colours are great, very well contrasted on the nice green background. I am dreaming about to buy the 100-400L and your pictures have been encouraging myself. TFS!

Great catch of the two Bee-eaters Selen.
Fine color and detail
I'd love to be much closer to them also.
Nice composition

Dear Selen,
Another very colourful and interesting presentation. But this time I see that you decided to show us much more habitat on the photo :)
I like general composition and DOF. You had a lot of luck to see and to photograph these two in such place. My best congratulation and best greetings from Lodz,

Selam Selen,
This is so beautiful!
best pov with perfect sharpness, awesome colour and details in it!
very well composed and well seen
thanks for sharing

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-09-12 9:33]

Hola Selen,
preciosas captura,
bello pov,
hermosos pájaros.
agradable trabajo,

arka planın renkliliği ancak bu kadar yakışabilir bu renki kuşlara çok güzel bir fotograf.ellerine saglık selen

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-12 12:39]

Hi Selene. What beautifull bird they are. so colourful which you have captured with fine detail. I like the pose on the dry grass. well done TFS. good notes too.

Hello Selen, splendid colors very well satured, splendid birds and lovely pose,
great shot,

Selen merhaba,
Arıkuşlarını güzel bir ortamda çok iyi görüntülemişsin. Ben maalesef bu kuşu hep telde veya uçarken görüyorum. Birkaç fotoğrafını çektim ama telde hiç güzel durmuyor. Eline sağlık. Mustafa

Hi Selen, Beautiful capture of these bee-eaters, and from an excellent POV, Just stunning colours, Very nice work Cheers Rick :)

Hi Selen

This is a very pleasing shot of the bee eaters.
The reed stem provides a very good setting and the reed beds a good contrasting background.
Very well composed and great exposure.


Wow - those are some colorful birds. Good pose and detail! Well done! Cheers, Klaus

Hi Selen,
What an excellent photo of these two wonderful and colorful birds. I am particulary impressed with your DOF. You got not only both birds in focus, you also got the entire cane in focus. The muted light brought out the colors wonderfully.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-09-13 11:01]

Hello Selen,
There are a lot of photos with Bee-eaters, but, as I see, it could always be better. What a marvelous environment.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-09-13 14:37]

Hello Selen ! Just one is beautiful but two is much better ! :-) Superb composition, lovely colors and gorgeous background ! Thanks !


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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2007-09-14 7:26]

Derinlik ve renkler ve hepsinden önemlisi, zıt yönlere bakan iki müthiş güzellik harika bir kompozisyon oluşturmuş. Elinize sağlık.

Good colourful photo Selen.
I think the extra bit of surroundings on this work well. To crop off the sides would have lost the effect that branch has they are perched on.
I enjoy your angle of view for this too.The birds each facing different directions does a lot for this image.
A nice weekend to you.

Merhaba Selen beautifull colours and superb focus/DOF in a busy scene. I didn't know there was such beautifull birds in Turkey :-) I will have to come visit soon when I have some time selamlar Necip.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-09-15 9:03]

Merhaba Selen,
Lovely pair of bee-eater, captured with excellent details, colours and in a really beautiful place. I like composition too.
TFS, José M.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-09-17 12:02]

Hi Selen,
Just marking the post for now, will be back with a proper critique later.

merhaba Selen hanım,
arazide olunca son zamanlarda fazla yorum yazamamıştım. bu da çok güzel bir kare. renkler bile yeterli güzelliği için. kompozisyon, netlik de çok güzel.
benim şansıma arıkuşları çoğu zaman elektrik tellerinde güzel pozlar verdi. hala vazgeçmeden doğal ortamda mesela bir kuru ağaç dalında görüntülemeye çalışıyorum.
elinize sağlık, selamlar, sevgiler.

Hi Selen,
I realize that I miss out on some of your best pics. This one here caught my eye because the setting is so typical for the species. And , as usual with you, composition, sharpness and colours are perfect. I also think that bee-eaters look better on a pic when shot under covered skies.

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-10-17 12:47]

thanks for the comment on my Flower field. This is a great photo! I like bee eaters they are very sweet!

Hi Selen,
Very nice capture of two birds sitting on the same branch facing in opposite directions. Very good composition, and bright colours. Thanks a lot for sharing.
- Nirmal

Merhaba Selen Hanim. Superb shot. The composition is most pleasing and the colours very beautiful.It is really a lovely creation.By the way, I love your clever and original profile. Selamlar. Klaudio.

Selen merhaba , bunlar birbirine biraz dargın herhalde , renkler nefis olmuş , eline sağlık .

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