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Southern carmine bee-eater

Southern carmine bee-eater
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Copyright: Albert Herbigneaux (albert) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 421 W: 12 N: 670] (2971)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-10-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200 with MB-200, Nikon 80-400mm VR
Exposure: f/8, 1/1500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-28 3:47
Viewed: 6009
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Southern Carmine Bee-eater (Merops nubicoides) (formerly Carmine Bee-eater) occurs across sub-equatorial Africa, ranging from KwaZulu-Natal and Namibia to Gabon, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and Kenya.
This species, like other bee-eaters, is a richly coloured,striking bird, predominantly carmine in colouration, but with the crown and undertail coverts blue.
Its usual habitat included low-altitude river valleys and floodplains, preferring vertical banks suitable for tunneling when breeding, but readily digging vertical burrows in the level surface of small salt islands. This is a highly sociable species, gathering in large flocks, in or out of breeding season. They roost communally in trees or reedbeds, and disperse widely during the day. Nesting is at the end of a 1-2m long burrow in an earthen bank, where the lay from 2-5 eggs.
This is migratory species, spending the breeding season, between August and November, in Zimbabwe, before moving south to South Africa for the summer months, and the migrating to equatorial Africa from March to August.
Their diet is made up primarily of bees and other flying insects, and their major hunting strategy involves hawking flying insects from perch. Perches may include branches of vegetation or even the backs of large animals, such as the Kori Bustard. They are attracted to wildfires because of the flushed insects, and are often seen circling high in the air. It also eats rodents and lizards.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-01-28 3:53]

Hello Albert,
A superb capture of the Southern Carmine Bee-eater.
The effect of light and shade on this image is excellent and the red is accentuated by the the grayish blue neutral BG of the sky. The sharpness and composition are excellent too.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-01-28 4:29]

Quelle merveilleuse espece et quelle merveilleuse photo mon ami!Une composition de grande classe,un peinture,quels details,couleurs et nettete' fanatstiques.Mes plus gros compliments et bonne journee',Luciano

Hello Albert,
Very striking and very beautiful. Excellent quality and composition which I think will be even better should you clone out the twigs on the right. Best wishes.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-01-28 4:42]

Hi Albert!
Wonderful picture with a magic light!!
Fine details and great contrast against the blurred BG.
Well composed. Congratulations.
Only a little thing: your signature distracts...I would put it below on the right or on the left...in my opinion, of course: I hope you don't mind :))
Ciao! Vanda


A very well composed pic that shows excellent sharpness and detail of the subject. I like the clear background, DOF and POV in your image. The contrast between the striking colours and the BG make for a wonderful pic.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-01-28 7:12]

Hi Albert.
Once more very unusual and very nice bird shot. Amazing bird and terrific its details including colouration, fantastic smooth BG, brilliant composition. Bravo. Great job.

salut Albert

une très jolie photo de ce guêpier prise par un excellent POV
et cadrage en laissant une bonne espace devant, excellent focus
netteté et détails, le catch-light qui rend la photo toujours plus belle,



Hallo Albert
This is such a beauty!
I like so much the effect of the sunlight, the pose you got, the view of the eye and all the incredible info seen on the bird's feathers. The intensity of the colours in the feathers is dazzling. It is a lovely shot, thanks a lot for sharing. Best regards.

hello Albert
this is a beauty of the red specie who you not seen so many on TN
great details and good sharpness
beautiful colours to
greeting lou

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-01-29 1:22]

wonderful species of bee-eater in good composition and with fine colors. tfs.

Hello Albert,
I am seeing very colorful sunbirds on TN,this one is lovely,just love the colours.well framed too.TFS.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-01-29 4:51]

Bonjour Albert,
Une image fine et présentée avec élégance devant un arrière-plan gris qui offre un parfait contraste. Désolée d'apprendre que tu t'es cassé le poignet, j'espère que tu pourrs bientôt utiliser ta main sans contrainte!
Je te souhaite une bonne fin de semaine et espère revoir bientôt une autre image de ton voyage.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-01-29 12:11]

Hello Albert,
Almost missed this beauty. What an splendid satured bright colours. Excellent sharpness, blurred BG and perfect composition.

a real jewel, TFS Ori

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-02-01 5:24]

Hello Albert,
A stunning capture of a wonderful Carmine Bee-easter! I love the composition with great focus on the bird resting on the thin branches. Excellent sharpness too and fantastic colours.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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