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Merops apiaster 4

Merops apiaster 4
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-14
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): A painter's dream, Pretty - Perfect - Picture [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-06-11 5:15
Viewed: 5120
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 78
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Merops apiaster Linnaeus 1758
European Bee-eater,

Merops apiaster, (family Meropidae) is a colourful bird with a length of 27–29 cm including the two elongated central tail feathers.
It breeds in southern Europe and in parts of north Africa and western Asia. It is a migratory bird, wintering in tropical Africa, India and Sri Lanka.
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.

Merops apiaster is gregarious, nesting colonially in sandy banks. It nests in a relatively long tunnel in which the 5 to 8, spherical white eggs are laid.

In Cyprus Merops apiaster is a common passage migrant and a rare breeder.

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Fantastic photograph of a very beautiful bird. Captured in fatastic light with pure background and fantastic depth and detail. Maith thú Christodoulos.

Awesome picture of a Bee Eater, Chris. The focus on the eye is simply mind boggling.
The green Bee Eaters of India do not match up with this one in terms of colours. This species is a class apart.
Thanks and regards.

Hello Christodoulos,
Impressive capture, this is so beautiful and majestic bird, perfect sharpness details and beautiful colours which stand out nicely against the blue sky, a beautiful image,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend,
Best Regards,

splendid capture of bee-eater,Christodoulos
superb definition and management of light
your photos are always a treat for the eyes

great capture, I love the red eye, regards, Ori

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2011-06-11 6:16]

Hi Chris,

Great Shot! Very, sharp and colorful. This bird is captured in fantastic light. The blue sky is very soft and equal.


magnífico encuadre. Belleza en los colores: extraordinario trabajo.
Saludos Cristodoulos: J. Ignasi.

Hi Chris,

Fabulous capture of this European Bee-eater my friend, impeccable sharpness and incredible exposure control with awesome colours, simply the best, great work and well done,
Congratulations Chris and have a super weekend,
Best Regards,


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-11 6:51]

Hello Christodoulos,
Sometimes I can't believe my eyes. 'Just perfect'. Nothing else to say.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-06-11 8:24]

Spectacular pic my friend,this is class! Just another big standing ovation,impossible to make better,what a colors!!!Thanks for share,have a nice weekend,Luciano

καλησπέρα Χριστόδουλε!
υψηλής απόδοσης εντυπωσιακό κοντινό!

bellissimo il tuo gruccione Chris, complimenti !

very nice picture, excellent details, colors and compo !

have a nice day !

ciao, tino

Hello Christodoulos,
This is one of the most beautiful photo's I've ever seen of the European Bee-eater. It has such beautiful colors and the detail is excellent. Very well done and tfs.

Very interesting Bee-eater with a very colorful plumage.

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-06-11 10:07]

Hello Christodoulos!
Yours pics are always incredible! This one here is really gorgeous! Great shot, indeed! Amazing sharpness and great colors and details. Bravo! TFS
Nice w-end!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-06-11 10:21]

Hello Christodoulos,
Striking picture again. Lucky to have had the Bee-eater posed just in front of the blue sky. What a beuatiful bird!
Excellent as usual.
Kind regards

Hallo Christodoulos
All I can say here is that this is a PPP- Pretty, perfect, picture which I am sure is any painters dream and that it will certainly catch many members attention because of its perfectness and brilliant clarity. Thanks for sharing a more than excellent image. The colours are so lovely it looks at if the bird has just come out of the wash. Best regards.

Hallo Christodoulos,
a very beautiful picture of the European Bee eater, very good sharpness and fantastic colours, point of view, blue sky backround and composition are excellent
Best regards

Hi Christodoulos,
amazing portrait. Excellent low point of view. Perfect sharpness. Nice natural colours.
Have a nice evening,

Ciao Christodoulos, wonderful bird with fantastic colors, splendid harpness and fine details, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Perfect light and pose, a classic


Hello Christodoulos,
Impressive and perfectly natural view of this colored bird, well done!
Regards, TFS

Hello Christodoulos,
What do I add to what has been said above? I fully agree with all the glowing comments. A truly fantastic photo shown with utmost advantage. Very beautiful indeed. Best wishes.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2011-06-12 1:22]

Outstanding! All aspects of this image!



Breathtaking capture Christodoulos Makris! Just GREAT! Bravo!
George Veltchev

Hi Christodoulos,
Outstanding images Christodoulos!
The pose, the colours, the bird are fantastic!
Excellent sharpness and impressive light management.
Thanks for sharing

Superb portrait, excellent details and background. regards yiannis

Hi Chris,
excellent pose of this bird!
Very good photo, clarity and stunning colors!

Hello Christodoulos

Excellent and very beautiful close-up shot of the
European Bee-eater, fine POV to show how high the
bird is perched, very beautiful light, great focus
sharpness and details, excellent contrast of the
color tones, beautiful eye-contact and catch-light,



Hello Christodoulos,
Really a spectacular photo taken from the best possible POV with excellent sharpness and details. Fantastic natural colours and impressive contrast with the sky too. Well done!

Hello Christodoulos,

wow, fansastic shot from this beautiful coloured Bee- eater.
exellent sharpness, good pov with eyecontact.
fine colors.
Grat picture.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-06-13 1:57]

Hi Christodoulos,
really an outstanding presentation. The colours are so stunning and the details are splendid.
This is a real presentation from a top class shot!
Well done indeed in a wonderful view.


Ciao Christodoulos. Great POV. Faboulouse colours and impressive focus. Another amazing masterpiece.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-06-13 5:56]

Hello Christodoulos,
You captured this Bee-eater at its best showing its natural colours superbly against a clear sky. The pose and POV suit with fine eye contact. and the sharpness and composition make this a top image.
This has to be a favourite!
Thanks and have a good week,

Hello Cristodoulos,
Outstanding capture with excellent details, colors and focus.
Near my home town they are nesting on the ground in sandy banks very close to the river TIMIS.
This is another first class image.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Christodoulos,

super sharpness and colour, congraculations ....regards


Hi Christodoulos,

Beautiful photo! Great capture of one of my favourite birds. Excellent!


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  • egres Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 144] (754)
  • [2011-06-13 20:22]

Hello Christodoulos

What a colorful bird. A marvelous photo with so neat details and beautiful composition.

Hi Christodoulos,

The branch is helping to frame the bird. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the European Bee-eater. The morning light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


Hi Christodoulos,
I think this is the most beutiful bird picture I have ever seen.

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