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Green Bee-eaters on the Inland Delta

Green Bee-eaters on the Inland Delta
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): West African Wildlife and Environments [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-13 13:51
Viewed: 5426
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this shot on the banks of the Niger whilst waiting for a ferry over to the anciet city of Djenne, home of the famous mud mosque - the largest mud building in the world.

The Green Bee-eater, Merops orientalis, (sometimes Little Green Bee-eater) is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family. It is resident in a belt across sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal and The Gambia to Ethiopia, the Nile valley, western Arabia and Asia through India to Vietnam.

Like other bee-eaters, this species is a richly coloured, slender bird. It is about 9 inches (16-18 cm) long with about 2 inches made up by the elongated central tail-feathers. The sexes are not visually distinguishable. The entire plumage is bright green and tinged with blue especially on the chin and throat. The crown and upper back are tinged with golden rufous. The flight feathers are rufous washed with green and tipped with blackish. A fine black line runs in front of and behind the eye. The iris is crimson and the bill is black while the legs are dark grey. The feet are weak with the three toes joined at the base. Southeast Asian birds have rufous crown and face, and green underparts, whereas Arabian beludschicus has a green crown, blue face and bluish underparts. The wings are green and the beak is black. The elongated tail feathers are absent in juveniles. Sexes are alike.

An unusual feature of the River Niger is the Inner Niger Delta, which forms where its gradient suddenly decreases. The result is a region of braided streams, marshes, and lakes the size of Belgium; the seasonal floods make the Delta extremely productive for both fishing and agriculture.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-13 13:58]

Hello James,
I like this picture of two bee eaters, especially the composition .The colors are very nice and the sharpness is excellent.
Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-13 14:06]

Hello James,
In a few months I hope to make a photo like this one in Mali. Fantastic light and very beautiful colours. Excellent sharpness and details. Wonderful OOF BG. Beautiful composition.

Hello James
today's post is from Mali. nice to see a great shot of very beautiful Green Bee-eater. nicely focused and composed them on diagonal branches against plain BG. thanks for sharing, best wishes

Hi Bro James,

A fine capture of these adorable green beauties in a delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice night!


Hello James,

interesting and unique green color with the tail structure of this bird with a beautiful composition checks. TFS


Hi James

Absolutely stunning image of the green bee eaters.
All the aspects of this photo are great and I especially love the rich colors of the bird against the brown/orange soft BG.

Thanks for the stunning work

Well done
Kind Regards

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-01-13 17:46]

Hola James.
Agradable foto. Fina pose de los pajarillos y con exelente fondo difuso que le da mas valor a la imagen.
Saludos James.

hello James,
this is very beautiful scene and composition, nice photo output!
keep photographing in Mali! TFS

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-13 21:29]

Hello James
A fine capture with wonderful colors and nice scene

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-13 22:30]

Hi James,
Lovely capture of this green beaeaters.BG,colors and composition are perfect.Have a nice day!
Thanks for posting..

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  • shree Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 49 W: 13 N: 71] (276)
  • [2010-01-13 23:05]

What a beautiful composition, James! The lovely coloured-perfectly blurred background gives the shot a soft, yet rich feeling. The birds perching diagonally stand out among the plain bokeh. TFS!

beautiful artistic pic, these marvelous birds occur also in S Israel, TFS Ori

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-14 6:39]

Great yellow birds in lovely light!

hello James

excellent photo of the Green Bee-eaters, fine POV, fine focus
sharpness and details of the birds and the foreground,
i love the way the background it is blurred with the warm
luminosity and colour tones, TFS


Hello James,
Hope you'll be doing fine. Nice to know you friend.This is a super shot of the pair of Green-Bee Eaters perhaps on some kind an acacia tree.Seems like a long shot, distance is involved but the photo is magnificent in every way.The birds sit undisturbed and at ease and this a must. These are beautiful birds and we share them perhaps with slight colour variation. You note is excellent...contained a vital information for Muslim like me...thanks for sharing....take care...warmest regards/Abid

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-01-14 10:33]

Hello again James, beautiful shot ofthese bee-eaters with wonderful composition.

lovely design and interesting picture. Congratulations.

Ciao James, beautiful double capture of nice birds in gre atpose against a lovely blurry BG, splendid colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good week end my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-18 4:03]

Hi James,
you introduced me the word karst which is so pertinent to make me. Newly known to me, im use to the word limestone only.
i like this pestel background of yours that make the bee-eaters look so lively and also lovely. The light hitting the breast give an outstanding effect to the composition. understand that bird photography is so difficult, at least for me.
Well presented in excellent composition.


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