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Little Green Bee-eater

Little Green Bee-eater
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Copyright: Pierre Heimann (heimann2) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 430 W: 10 N: 494] (4536)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-01-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alpha SLT A65V, Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO Ultra DG
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2014-03-03 2:35
Viewed: 2521
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The little green bee-eater (Merops orientalis) is an exquisite little bird with bright emerald green plumage.The little green bee-eater forages either alone or in small parties of 15 to 20 individuals (7). From a perch on a fence, low bush, or sometimes even on cattle, the little green bee-eater takes rapid flight after an insect, seizing its prey and returning to the perch, where it strikes the insect to kill it before devouring it. As its name suggests, the little green bee-eater prefers to prey upon bees, but will also take other insects such as fruit flies and grasshoppers.

And very interesting:
The little green bee-eater exhibits a particular predator-avoidance behaviour that distinguishes it from many other species. If a potential predator is looking at the little green bee-eaterís nest, it will not enter until the predator has looked away. This remarkable behaviour demonstrates that the little green bee-eater aware of where the predator is looking, but also suggests it is aware of the predatorís mental state. This awareness, known as Ďtheory of mindí, is typically only exhibited by humans and a few other primate species

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-03-03 2:45]

Hello Pierre,
Great sharp detailed photo of this Green Bee-eater in an attractive frontal pose. A pity that the background is so noisy. The colours in the bird are very beautiful. Nice eye contact.

Hello Pierre,

Hope you are well. This is simply splendid! The colours of the plumage have been captured with excellent focus, for the out of focus tail adds to the beauty of the shot. These birds are difficult to photograph as they constantly move when in flocks. Thanks a lot for sharing a fine shot, take care,

warm regards/Abid

A well captured image of a Green Bee Eater, Pierre.
The focus is sharp and the colours on the bird are wonderful.
I have done a workshop to improve the image further. Hope you do not mind.

Hello Pierre,
Good capture of this Bee-eater, Beautiful light and colours, superb clarity sharpness, and great eye contact, a beautiful picture,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day,
Best Regards,

hallo pierre
this is a very little bee eater
the colours and composition are very good
thansk greeting lou

Hello Mr.Pierre,
Beautiful detailed Bee-eater.Nice sharp focus on subject with natural colour.Good composition(dry fruits).Well framed too.Just little bit noise in BG.Otherwise excellent BG colour.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2014-03-03 10:17]

Beautiful photography, Pierre, very beautiful lilac background color that makes this little bird. Very funny also the expression you've captured it.

A hug.

From Argentina, Hernan Bortondello.

Ciao Pierre, lovely composition with nice bird on beautiful blurry BG, fantastic colors, fine details, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-03-03 15:20]

HI Pierre,beautiful face to face with this magnificent bee eater,what a quality of details and what a bright colors too,great shot!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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