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Little Bee-eater

Little Bee-eater
Photo Information
Copyright: Pierre Heimann (heimann2) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 430 W: 10 N: 494] (4536)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alpha DSLR A450, Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO Ultra DG
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Soft on the eye images, Dainty birds 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-09-26 9:03
Viewed: 4167
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Merops pusillus. Picture taken at Mudumu NP in Caprivi.
From Wikipedia:
This is an abundant and tame bird, familiar throughout its range. There have been estimated to be between 60-80 million Little Bee-eaters. It breeds in open country with bushes, preferably near water. 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. This species often hunts from low perches, maybe only a metre or less high. Before eating its meal, a bee-eater removes the sting by repeatedly hitting the insect on a hard surface.

Unlike most bee-eaters, these are solitary nesters, making a tunnel in sandy banks, or sometimes in the entrance to an Aardvark den. They lay 4 to 6 spherical white eggs. Both the male and the female take care of the eggs. These birds roost communally, lined up on a tree branch.

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Hello Pierre,
This is a first class close up of the Apiaster . The feather details are excellent with such natural colours. A nice pose with the bird looking to one side. Well done!
Thanks for sharing,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-09-26 9:40]

Hello Pierre
Very cute and colorful this bird
Thanks for sharing

Hello Pierre,
This is a stunning shot of this Little Bee-eater. it is such a clear image you can even see the blue clearly around the eyes.
Very well done and thanks for sharing.

Bonsoir Pierre,

Great shot of this little bird. Nice sharp focus, good exposure with a soft light. Beautifull color saturation. Nice bohkey in the BG. Compostion is a bit centered, you had room to crop differently, but may be you had your reason to leave it in certer. I tried a WS with a different cropping, it is not necessarly better. Excellent picture and TFS.


Hallo Pierre
Bee-eaters are one of my favourite bird species, and this one of yours is even more than a delight to look at. The colours in its plumage is so beautifully bright and eye-catching and the stripe of blue above its eye is and additional bonus as it looks like eye shadow and that it has been powered and puffed for the occasion. Just love the point of view and the composition. This is really a fine image which was in my personal opinion very soft on the eye and a delight to appreciate. Indeed great photography you achieved here. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-09-27 4:31]

Bonjour Pierre,
Très charmante image de ce guêpier que tu nous présentes avec une parfaite netteté et une adorable pose. Une image simple et fine, très plaisante aussi.Bonne semaine

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-09-27 12:11]

Hello Pierre,
Excellent shot, very good composition and pov.Great sharpness and dof. Excellent vivid colors. Best regards Siggi

Me encanta el desenfoque de fondo y precioso el colorido. Enhorabuena!


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-09-28 17:14]

Hello Pierre,
This is a beautiful species and your incredible camera work has brought that beauty out superbly. The centred composition works well here with the little ones pose as it is. Outstanding work Pierre, thank you.

Hello Pierre!

Amazing shot of beautiful bird. Very good quality and nice background, and model is so colorfull. Very attractive eyecatching capture, I very like it!


Hi Pierre,
It is said the beeeaters are the most colourful birds and you have really brought out this little ones colours to perfection.Sharp focus giving us excellent definition as well against the soft blurry BG, well done.

Hi Pierre,
Wow this is really nice. Great colors and focus on this little guy. It really interesting how these birds remove the stingers from bees. Well done.

Hello Pierre,
brilliant colours and fine details! The grey background serves perfectly well to further increase the delight of the bird's bright colours. By some cropping at the right as performed in Athila'a workshop also the composition is a winner. Lovely portrait of Meropa pusillus!
With thanks, and best regards,

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