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NOT THE BEST FRIENDS....


NOT THE BEST FRIENDS....
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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1989 W: 0 N: 5389] (29472)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2019-05-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: NIKON D810, Nikon 300mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S + 1,4TC II
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2019-05-25 7:53
Viewed: 88
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
BEE EATER (MEROPS APIASTER):

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, India and Sri Lanka. 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.


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Hi Marius,
Beautiful photo, telling a little story from the bee eaters' private life. Incredible sharpness, colors and composition. An eye candy. Bravo!
Kind regards from Ireland, László

Ciao Marius, great capture of lovely couple, fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6385 W: 89 N: 15528] (64980)
  • [2019-05-26 1:21]

Hi Marius,funny title and funny scene too,another beautiful capture in your series dedicates to these colorful birds always nice to see,especially in a top quality like that! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

beautiful this beeater.
Cheers

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 328 W: 12 N: 89] (9423)
  • [2019-05-26 6:42]

Beautiful colors and perfect frame,
Well done my friend.

Beautiful

These cameo shots you take of Bee Eaters are always interesting thematically, Marius. In this sharp image, the birds convey a strong sense of animosity.
Ram

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2019-05-28 6:05]

Hello Marius,
Remarkable photo with a nice interaction between the birds. Good sharpness and beautiful colors against a nice soft background.
Regards,
Peter

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