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Swallow Tailed Bee-eater

Swallow Tailed Bee-eater
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Copyright: Carl Landsberg (Jakkals) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 3 N: 587] (2813)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-09-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon EF 300 f/4L IS USM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-01 9:20
Viewed: 3673
Points: 24
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As I was driving towards the Andoni planes in the Etosha National Park I noticed a Sallowed Tail Bee-eater on the embankment next to the road. Not wanting to scare it I continued for another 50 meters and turned my vehicle around, got my beanbag and camera in position and slowly approached it. This little fellow was feverishly busy digging a nest in the embankment (the hole can be seen in his shadow in front of him). I was lucky to get off two quick shots before he flew away.
Hope you enjoy the photo.

Swallow-tailed Bee-eater
The Swallow-tailed Bee-eater (Merops hirundineus) is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. It breeds in savannah woodlands of sub-Saharan Africa. It is partially migratory, moving in response to rainfall patterns.
This species, like other bee-eaters, is a richly coloured, slender bird. Its colours and readily visible forked tail make this species unmistakable. It is mainly green with a yellow throat, blue gorget and black eye stripe and beak. It can reach a length of 20–22 cm, including the long forked green or blue feathers. Sexes are alike.
This is a species which prefers somewhat more wooded country than most bee-eaters. This attractive bird is readily approached. 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. Swallowtail has a preference for honeybees.
These bee-eaters are nesting as pairs or in very small colonies in sandy banks, or similar flat ground. They make a relatively long tunnel in which the 2 to 4 spherical, white eggs are laid. These birds also feed and roost communally.
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Hi Carl my neighbour today :)
Great photo of this colourful bird. Excellent point of view. Great composition.
Have a nice weekend,

Hallo Carl,
a very beautiful capture of the Swallow-tailed Bee-eater taken frtom an excellent point of view with fine details and marvellous bright colours, a very nice composition with a classic pose on the ground
Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-10-01 11:01]

Hello Carl,
Excellent photo in great sharpness, details and very beautiful bright colours. Fantastic diagonal composition and a very nice eye contact.

A sensational closeup shot of this spectacular Bee-eater, friend Carl! Your current camera setup can produce results with a breathtaking output, indeed. Lovely !!!
George Veltchev

Hi Carl,
Great capture of this bee-eater. What a super bird in its natural habitat. Those colors, the catch light in its eye and details in the feathers are wonderful. Thanks for posting and keep your eyes on the road! Well done and have a great weekend.

Hi Carl, Fabulous capture of this Swallow-tailed Bee-eater my friend, Yes indeed birds can be very challenging at the best of times and when photographing them from a vehicle can be even more of a challenge, superb sharpness with fine detail, splendid exposure/white balance to support these beautiful natural colours, great effort here Carl and very well done,
Best Regards,


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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-10-02 2:04]

Hello Carl,
this image is splendid!
Great sharpness and light, fine detail. Splendid natural colours and composition. Well done!
Thanks for sharing

WOW Boet, this is fantastic! What a wonderful opportunity you had to get a shot at this beautiful Swallow-tailed Bee-eater.
I like the catch light in the eye. The plumage has fantastic detail and beautiful colours. Excellent POV. I can see you must've had a swell time in Etosha. Very well done and thanks for sharing.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-10-02 11:09]

Hello Carl,
We don't have Bee-eaters here where I live, but I wish we did. They are so gorgeous with their bright iridescent feathers and colorful markings. You managed to sneak up on this little guy and get a fantastic photo before he decided to head for higher ground. Excelelnt detail, exposure and DOF. Well done!!

Bonjour Carl,
Très bon angle de prise de vue et excellente profondeur de champ valorisant bien le sujet sous une belle lumière.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-10-12 4:12]

Hello Carl,
Interesting green plumage of this Bee-eater species. Nice to see it digging its nest in the embankment, but it has a look to the photographer too;-). Nice diagonal composition and interesting color-contrast.
Kind regards

Hello Carl,
This is a wonderful image of this Bee eater species. Colours are really amazing, details and sharpness are perfect, POV and composition are also excellent. Well done!

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