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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma APO 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-06 12:33
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Points: 26
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

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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Si uite asa, mancatoarea de albine se infrupta cu o frumusete de libelula, cred ca asta era desertul!
Felicitari Marius pentru captura asta excelenta!

Hello Marius,
Great capture for you and the beautiful bee-eater! Excellent timing and colours. Have a nice weekend,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-06 12:53]

Hello Marius,
Fantastic photo of this Bee-eater with prey, I'm jealous. Superb sharpness, details and very beautiful natural colours. Good POV, DOF and composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-08-06 13:09]

Hello Marius.
Lovely shot. Especially with dinner in the beak. Superb details, sharpness and clarity. Well done. Best regards Siggi

Hi Marius..Wonderful shot and great colors....Detail and pose excellent...TFS.

Wow, this is amazing! Great timing and sharpness!

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-08-06 21:44]

O dubla de nota 10.
Atat pasarea cat si victima ei, libelula sunt superbe!

Hi MF Marius,

Good timing to capture the bee-eater in this pose after it captured its meal. Excellent sharpness and light management.
TFS and have a nice WE!


Hello Marius,

what a great pic from the bee or dragonfly eater.
Very nice natural colours.
Exellent pic.


Bonjour Marius
Voici un bel oiseau...
je l'ai vu l'autre jour, dans ma région, avec, aussi une libellule dans le bec...
Il a fier allure et est bien exposé à la lumière

Buna Marius,
Moment deosebit surprins cu acuratete, detalii excelente si culori placute. Felicitari pentru captura deosebita!
Numai bine,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-08-08 4:27]

Hello Marius,
A fantastic and well-timed capture of a Bee-eater with a large dragonfly in its beak! A really fine POV with great focus on the eye. Sharp details and lovely light and colours too.
Many thanks and best regards, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-08-14 12:38]

Hello Marius,
I missed this fine capture of a Bee-eater with a dragonfly prey. The POV shows its features with fine sharpness and colours and the compposition on the hawthorn branch is excellent.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

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