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I'm Mad at you

I'm Mad at you
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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: 2007-05-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): So Funny, I had to laugh. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-16 0:17
Viewed: 4250
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
European Bee-eater
Merops apiaster
TR: Arikusu

Looks like someone is mad at his company :o)

*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.

Canon EF 1.4X II Extender
Exposure Time: 1/800
F-Stop: f/8.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 200
Focal Length: 560/1 mm
Date Taken: 2007-05-20 15:45
Metering Mode: Average

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Merhaba Selen,
I loved this shot especially the title so matching with the expression on the birds!
Perfect pov with sharpness, vivid colour and so much details
very well composed and well seen

Hola Selen,
Bonita y simpatica imagen, me ha hecho sonreir la expresión de estes bellos pájaros, TFS, que tengas un buen día, saludos
José Ramón

Hello Selen,
a lovely shot of these two Bee-eaters.
+++ Super sharp with great details. Good colours and lighting. Great POV.
--- I bit too much space above the birds but that is all :)
I did a workshop to try and improve it slightly.
Well done,

Hi Selen
Nice shot of this two colorful guys. The right one have cool expression :)


Lovely photograph full of emotion. Technicals handled well.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-10-16 4:04]

Hello Selen,
Great and funny picture, birds are so cute
nice background
Regards, Dejan

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-10-16 4:11]

Hola selen,
hermosa captura,
foco, pov y detalles,
divertida situación...
buen trabajo,

Hello Selen
Very nice shot of these Bee eaters,
Perfect details,lighting and Bg,Welldone.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-16 4:22]

Hi Selen.
Amazing picture of this cute pare. Their pose are wonderful. Especially I like serious look of right bird. It is fantastic. Great POV, colours, sharpness and details of the birds and wire. Bets wishes and TFS.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-10-16 4:28]

What a super picture, the Kingfisher on the right sure does look grumpy about something. Very unusual pov and great light and colour, nice and sharp. Charming,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-10-16 4:33]

Hello Selen,
I like the shot and I like the caption! Nice and sharp and with excellent DoF, the composition against the blue sky is just right to show these two European Bee-eaters at an amusing moment (for us!).
Well done and TFS!

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-10-16 4:48]

Grat sharpnes and colors!:-) Thy really look mad at each other! :-)

The one on the left looks quite cut up with its companion -- going by the expression in its eye, Selen.
Excllent capture of this pair of Bee-Eaters.
Your camera is in line with their position on the barbed wire, making the exposure really wonderful.
TFS and bye.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-16 5:25]

Hi Selen
Very nice image.Good POV and sharp image whit lovely colors..I like that catch light in the eye.

Hello Selen! A nice pair! Beautiful birds. Beautiful colors. Amazing scene. Original picture. Best regards!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-16 6:11]

Hello Selen,
Very fine capture of these two with a fitting caption! I bet they'll soon split up! Sharp details and beautiful colours.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

tres bonne capture de ces deux jolis oiseaux , les couleurs sont belles et nettes
bravo et merci a toi du partage

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-16 8:06]

Hi Selen

What a great shot and a terrific and also funny pose you managed to get here with these two bee-eaters!
The timing here was at the essence and i congratulate you for that.
Very nice details and charming, well saturated colors (i like them better in your photo rather than the WS...they seem more natural here) but i do feel that the crop in the workshop is more effective.
Anyway, wonderful work!

Bravo and TFS

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-16 10:55]

Hello Selen,
What a great expression in the pose of the birds. Perfect POV. Very good colours and details. Lovely BG and composition.

Bonjour Selen,
j'adore la pose des 2 oiseaux, surtout celui de gauche,
les couleurs sont fantastiques et la lumière est excellente, très bon focus et superbe composition,
bravo et merci de partager

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-16 20:10]

Hello Selen

It's funny how we can personify animal behaviour.This shot looks just like a tiff between friends.Nicely captured with excellent focus and sharpness.The lighting is well managed and the colours are well saturated.Very good plumage and eye detail.TFS


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-17 2:37]

Hi Selen,
Just acknowledging this wonderful shot from you. Very nicely done. Kudos.

Selen merhaba,
Kuşların yüz ifadeleri, netlik ve kompozisyon çok güzel. Eline sağlık.

This is so funny because of your title. You should add it to the theme here for funny images.
A fantastic capture Selen.
Stay safe

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-10-18 1:01]

Hi Selen

Great shot of one of my favourite birds. The Pose is truly excellent and the focus spot-on.



Apt title and a beautiful shot of these beautiful birds. Excellent! Cheers, Klaus

Hi Selen, terrific shot, great pose!!!
Well done, cheers, Luís.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-19 9:21]

Hahaha ! Looks like it's after an argument ! :-) Very good shot Selen, well seen and well captured ! It made me smile ! Thanks,


Merhaba Selen,
Bir kadrajda iki kuş çok hoş olmuş
Göz kırpmış sanki diğerinin gözündeki canlılık da çok iyi

Hi Selen,
Perfect title for this photo! The birds really do look like they are mad at each other. :) Excellent sharpness and details with beautiful colors. Exceptional and humorous!

Merhaba Selen,
very nice capture, good colors and sharp
Great composition, POV and DOF

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2007-11-12 16:20]

Hi Selen,

Love this picture, they look like 2 grumpy old birds!!. Technically, great sharpness and nice capture of the eye. Again, very funny shot !!


Hello Selen , i think left side bird is a female , other one is a male :) good photo , TFS .

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