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Little Bee-Eater

Little Bee-Eater
Photo Information
Copyright: Aivar Mikko (metcher) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 510 W: 12 N: 990] (4284)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF300mm 4/L IS + 1.4x EXT
Exposure: f/5.6
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of South Africa 1, Birds., Birds of Africa [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-17 11:12
Viewed: 6264
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Little Bee-eater, Merops pusillus is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. It is resident in much of sub-Saharan Africa. It should not be confused with the Little Green Bee-eater, Merops orientalis. Migration is limited to seasonal movements depending on rainfall patterns.
This species, like other bee-eaters, is a richly coloured, slender bird. It has green upper parts, yellow throat, black gorget, and rich brown upper breast fading to buffish ocre on the belly. The wings are green and brown, and the beak is black. It reaches a length of 15-17 cm, which makes it the smallest African bee-eater. Sexes are alike.
This is an abundant and tame bird, familiar throughout its range. There have been estimated to be between 60-80 million Little Bee-eaters.
This is a bird which breeds in open country with bushes, preferably near water. 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. This species often hunts from low perches, maybe only a metre or less high. 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 solitary nesters, making a tunnel in sandy banks, or sometimes in the entrance to an Aardvark den. They lay 4 to 6 spherical white eggs. Both the male and the female take care of the eggs. These birds roost communally, lined up on a tree branch. Often silent, their call is a soft "seep".
Source: wikipedia.
ISO 400, early in the morning, windy.

SelenE, vanderschelden, geterdone, jmirah, Altair, Alex99, ridvan, Maite, Hil, JoseMiguel, scottevers7, lee, jcoowanitwong, SkyF, pablominto has marked this note useful
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Hello Aivar,
This is an impressive capture of this beautiful bird. Details and colors are amazing! I like the wind in its feathers :) This blue sky and the exposure are beautiful too. Personally, I would have let a little more space in front of the bird and less behind it. Thanks,

Hi Aivar,
Great work displayed here!
You can expect underexposure signs here. Not so!
Wonderful colours.
Very beautiful bird.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2271 W: 64 N: 4205] (13964)
  • [2007-04-17 11:16]

Hi Aviar,
Great pose and composition. Someone's having a bad hair day :o)

Beautiful capture of the Bee-eater! excellant details and a pleasing composition. Colors on the bird look so so nice, and contrasts nicely with the pale blue sky. Love the ruffled feathers. Eye is crystal clear. Very nice shooting! TFs! Lyndon

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-04-17 11:27]

Hi Aivar,
Fabulous photo. The clarity, colors, focus, POV, detail are all fantastic. Great photo!!!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5077 W: 260 N: 15590] (50614)
  • [2007-04-17 11:34]

Hello Aivar,
Nice shot of a Little Bee-eater. Beautiful lighting and excellent sharpness showing good detail. No noise from the ISO 400. Great blue sky BG.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Very nice capture!

Great sharpness and compositon. Congrats!

Regards, Peter

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-17 11:40]

Hi Aivar.
You have taken a really outstanding shot of this wonderful bird. I never could come nearer to these birds. Everything is perfect at high range. Bravo. Great work. My compliments and TFS.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-04-17 12:03]

hi Aivar; Amazing shot. Superb lighting, colours, focus and sharpness. The POV, DOF are excellent. well eye contact. Very nicely composed TFS well done
Best wishes

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-04-17 12:05]

Hola amigo,
bella captura,
espectacular colorido y pov.
bonito disparo.

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  • Bac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 93 W: 3 N: 33] (486)
  • [2007-04-17 12:28]

The sharpness is fabulous, you made a wonderful shot.TFS.

bonjour aivar
ce que je pense de cette photo!
c'est simple,magnifique.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-04-17 14:28]

Hi Aviar

Superb shot of the Bee-Eater, nicely composed shot with a great POV and fine pose, I like the detail and the softness of the feathers, really nice colours and wonderful lighting too.

TFS Hil :o)

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1785 W: 36 N: 5588] (18578)
  • [2007-04-17 14:47]

Hi Aivar,
Excellent shot of the Bee-eater. Lovely colours and sharp details. Perfect lighting and a clean BG. The POV and DOF are fine. I like its plummage. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

très jolie composition, couleurs et netteté sont au rendez-vous, vraiment génial.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5084 W: 166 N: 13009] (48434)
  • [2007-04-17 15:07]

Hello Aivar,
Fantastic photo. Sharpness and colours are great. Also POV. The contrast with the BG is beautiful.
I think I should cut a piece from the right and some more space to the left.

Hi Aivar,
Very impressive the sharpness and quality of this image!
You managed pretty well the lens to get the best of it.
I really like so much the composition made and the colours got on the plumage. The mix of green, brown, yellow, black and blue are stunning.
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Best regards,

Hi Aivar,
A really great shot on this Little Bee Eater. You caught some great light. Exposure looks spot on. Beautiful colors and sharp detail in the plumage. Perfect composition!

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  • lee Silver Star Critiquer [C: 38 W: 0 N: 23] (84)
  • [2007-04-17 21:28]

Hi Airvar, nice catch of this little bee eater. Good focus and certainly some nice detail. Wonderful colors. Shows very nicely against the blue sky. Nice pose and it does look a little windy there. Great job, thanks.

Hello Aivar,
This is fantastic. Cute and colorful bee eater. Sharply focused and well exposed. Love the fine details and color richness the your are showing here. TFS this masterpiece.

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  • BG07 Silver Star Critiquer [C: 14 W: 0 N: 1] (48)
  • [2007-04-18 5:13]

Малак красив, колоритен и добре композиран.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-04-18 7:54]

Marvellous capture, Aivar!!
A lovely bee-eater with wonderful colors. Excellent sharpness and magnificent composition.
My compliments and TFS.
Best wishes

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-18 7:59]

Hello Airar,
gorgeous shot, with a very nice diagonal composition. Love the POV ist shows a lot of great details. Colors, sharpness and DOF are excellent.

Hi Aviar,
Super great shot!This is why I picked you as one of my favorites, you show consistant quality, and show a great passion for what you do. :)

Hi Aivar.
Very nice excercise with the colour, structure and focus. Very pure and sharp shot. Harmony of atmosphere, colours, lightning.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3090 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-04-20 3:01]

Love the fluffed up feathers on this beautiful bird.
Great POV, sharp details, and stunning colors.
Love that "nose-in-the-air" expression.
He knows he is handsome.
TFS. : )

Hello Aivar,
Wonderful capture of this little fellow!
The fluffy feather coat is very impressive, the details and colours are simply great!
Good point of view, well composed presentation!
Pablo -

:-) OK-

Hi Aivar,
Excellent shot!
Colors are amazing. Well done!

Brilliant write up and a lovely bird, great post

Hi Aivar,

Please forgive me, I have no time today for a proper effort today, but I still like the image. Thanks for sharing.


I'll come back to give the points, I promise.

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