Under the "rainbow"
|Copyright: Rob Rev (mmprof)
|Date Taken: 2007|
|Camera: Canon 30 D, Canon 400 5.6L|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2007-10-29 2:57|
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|European bee eater with a victim in the beak.|
It has the colors of the rainbow, that's why th title.
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 (or to North-Western India, southern India and Sri Lanka in the case of Asian birds). 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.
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Nice catch for both of you. Well composed and colorful one.
- [2007-10-29 4:12]
Superb sharpness and details
really stand out against the
lovely blue sky tfs jon
This is a superb one, Rob.
Very good light, colours,...
In flight and catch light in eye and colours and sharp and bee...
- [2007-10-29 5:06]
Awesome inflight shot!TFS!
- [2007-10-29 5:39]
Hi Rob, beautiful action shot, great colors and excellent focus, really a good photo
- [2007-10-29 6:01]
wow, awesome capture! :-) terrific inflight-shot of the pretty bee-eater, perfect frozen sharp action with wonderful colors and amazing details.
superb job & best wishes, thor.
- [2007-10-29 7:29]
Fantastic sharp photo with perfect details. Outstanding natural colours. Perfect composition. Excellent focus and timing. Very beautiful blue BG.
- [2007-10-29 7:52]
Hi Rob, excellent sharp photo, of avery difficult subject, very good composition and combination of colors, Juan
very good capture of this beautiful bird in its flight with its victim, excellent colors!