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Copyright: huseyin mese (efsus) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Rebel XTi, Canon 400 f/5.6 L
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Volkan's Best [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-26 1:38
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Arıkuşu [TR],
Merops apiaster L., 1758,
Bee-Eater [EN]

Değerli dostlarım Fatih İzler ve Volkan Pek'e hediye ediyorum.

The bee-eaters are a group of near passerine birds in the family Meropidae. Most species are found in Africa but others occur in southern Europe, Madagascar, Australia and New Guinea. They are characterised by richly coloured plumage, slender bodies and usually elongated central tail feathers. All are colorful and have long downturned bills and pointed wings, which give them a swallow-like appearance when seen from afar.

Just as the expressive name reveals, bee-eaters predominantly eat insects, especially bees, wasps, and other flying insects, which are caught in the air by sallies from an open perch. While they will pursue any type of flying insect, honey bees predominate in their diet.

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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Hello Huseyin. Excellent shot at this bee-eater in flight. Sharp detail in full action freezes well against the spotless blue sky. Thanks for sharing and best regards. Jusni

Hi Husyen,

Look at the bird eye!greet emotion, great moment you share in TN, beutiful colour and detail.


Great action shot!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-26 7:39]

Merhaba Hüseyin,
A marvellous in-flight of a European Bee-eater with a cicada in its beak. Great sharpness, POV, timing, composition and colours.

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2008-07-26 8:27]

Excellent photograph. Good, sharp detail. Gary

Merhsba Huseyin, great capture of beautiful flying bird with fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Huseyin,
What a nice capture of this colorful bird. You managed good exposure against the sky. I like the added interest of the insect.

Evelynn : )

Hüseyin merhaba , renkler ve komp. güzel olmuş , eline sağlık .

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-26 13:14]

Hi Huseyin. A Good inflight shot of the colourful Bee eater with its food in its mouth. Your picture shows the wings in the downward stroke allowing us to see the detail of the feathers. with natural colours. well done TFS. Interesting notes too.

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2008-07-26 13:32]

Dostum bu değerli hediyen için çok teşekkür ederim..
Nefis bir kare yakalamışsın hem bonuslu hemde uçar halde daha ne denir ki buna..mükemmel olmuş..
buarada yayladan güzel kertiklerle döndük...

Merhaba Sevgili Huseyin,oyle guzel bir kare ki,takdir edilmeyecek gibi degil.Yelpaze gibi acilmis kanatlar ve hareket etkisi,avin yakalanisi muthis.Renklerin albenisi ve keskinlik cok guzel.Bu guzel kuslari nerede bulup cekiyorsun boyle :)Bak soylemedi deme,banada boyle kuslar bulmazsan butun kus fotograflarina el koyacak gibiyim..Kendine iyi bak,gorusmek uzere :))

Marvellous capture of this bird in flight and holding its prey in the beak, Huseyin.
This is the kind of capture that goes into making a nature image a masterpiece.
What super focus, details and colours on both sides of the wings!
The bird looks great against the blue sky.
Thanks and regards.

Merhaba huseyin,
very colourful Bee-eater with a spread wings!
the subject really stands out against the blue sky in good quality of sharpness, vivid colour and details
many thanks for the sharing

Hüseyin merhaba,
iki güzel insan için nefis bir ithaf. eline sağlık. avıyla bir harika bir arıkuşu çekimi.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-07-27 17:12]

Hello Huseyin! Very well done on this great flying bird, thanks!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-28 3:41]

Hello Huseyn,
Superb in-flight capture of the European Bee-eater. I like the frozen moment and the shape of the wings as well as the little feet sticking out! Great focus and beautiful light and colours.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-07-29 9:49]

merhaba dostum
sonunda yakalamışsın arıkuşunu hem uçar hem de bonuslu
armağan için teşekkürler
eline sağlık

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-07-30 1:14]

Beautiful bird and great moment captured!

Hello Huseyin,
Great in flight shot, stunning colors, good clarity, excellent sharpness and depth of field, beautiful pale blue background and fantastic details.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-08-22 0:06]

Hi Huseyin,

I have seen these beeeaters in south africa and know how fast they fly,you managed a great inflight capture which is quite hard to get,but you managed very well,tfs


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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2008-09-29 22:51]

Hello Huseyin!
Excellent capture! The bird is so special and the colours are so nice! Excellent lights!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-10-16 23:40]

Merhaba Huseyin Bey,
Renkler ve yakaladiginz poz cok guzel. Tebrikler

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