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Green Bee-eaters (couple)

Green Bee-eaters (couple)
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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-03-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Exposure: f/5.8, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-03-08 7:57
Viewed: 2727
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
today was a special day. no, not only for the reason that i went to explore and spent the whole day with... Nature... not only, for i found that particular huge, blue, gorgeous, rare butterfly [seemed quite low today and was basking] i had been seeing flying and was unable to photograph as it would never stop... not only for i got that bird [for more than 10 minutes] of which i had no satisfactory shots... not for i got at least 11 types of new dragonflies today along with 3 new spiders and 2 new birds... not for i got to see my most favourite bird, Indian Roller and that even two at a time!... not for i had almost stepped on a HUGE snake but saw it at the last moment and managed to escape
... not for today is Holi... a festival of colour... nor for it is International Women's Day...

but for today, i got so many surprise gifts from my mother Nature... one woman to another :)
i also got all the colours in Nature today. so, happy Holi !
and, happy Women's Day too! :)
Green Bee-eater (Merops orientalis) is from the family 'Meropidae' and eats insects, especially bees, wasps and ants, which are caught in the air by sorties from an open perch.

the breeding season is from March to June.

these are not migratory birds but they make seasonal movements in response to rainfall. these birds are somewhat sluggish in the mornings and may be found huddled next to each other on wires sometimes with their bills tucked in their backs well after sunrise. they sand-bathe more frequently than other bee-eater species and will sometimes bathe in water by dipping into water in flight.

they are mostly see in the plains but can sometimes be found up to 5000 or 6000 feet in the Himalayas.

PS: all these above information are taken from Wikipedia which match very well with my personal experiences with these birds for so long.

NB: the male on the LHS and the female, on right.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To drchoneydew: depends :)rubyfantacy 2 03-11 04:01
To PeterZ: my reply last nightrubyfantacy 3 03-09 06:41
To lousat: pose!rubyfantacy 1 03-09 04:11
To mwmod99: what to say? (sigh)rubyfantacy 1 03-09 03:44
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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-03-08 14:54]
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Hi Ruby,they seems in pose only for you..ehehe...what a beautiful scene and what a magnificent specie,great composition and excellent birds details despite the distance,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Oh RUBY love love this couple!!!!! i think this is your best this year!

This is the second picture of two Bee Eaters perched side-by-side in perfect synchrony I enjoyed on TN in the last 12 hours, Ruby. The other one was by Marius, If I recollect correctly. Have a look at it, if you haven't already.
Great shot from an effective POV.
Happy Holi!

Impressive scene Ruby! Great photo with very good composition, fantastic colours and good sharpness.

Hello Ruby,
My critique was lost by the disturbance of TN last night. But this one deserves the two points. Like I said before, a very good photo in a fantastic composition. The birds are in great harmony with the plant. Beautiful natural colours and excellent sharpness. Nice blurry background.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-03-09 0:29]

Hello Ruby,
such a pretty capture and you composition is so well presented,
Sharpness is excellent and colors are so pleasant.
Nice work.


Sorry Ruby ..they took away my last comment. So, great image once again, In the proposed workshop I have removed the traces of the yellow cast in the original by adding blue, cyan and this time some magenta! Hope you like it!
George Veltchev

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-03-09 4:45]

Hello Ruby,
Congratulations for this superb and natural shot. The chosen "generous" composition is really most beautiful and I love the way both birds look exactly in the same direction. George's WS is also well done.
Kind regards

Hello Ruby
These are wonderful species.Very nice composition and capture.Wonderful pose of the birds,great colors and sharpness despite the distance.Beautiful picture.
Thank You.
Have a nice WE!
Best regards

  • Great 
  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2012-03-09 9:19]

Hi Ruby,

Fine colors and a great composition. I like the lines in the capture!


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-03-09 22:47]

Good perch for these two lovely bee eaters, good composition. tfs.

Bonjour Ruby,
Agréable valorisation des sujets mais le cadrage me semble un peu trop large pour apprécier pleinement la finesse des détails et la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Ruby,
What a lovely picture of these bee eaters!
Taken from a nice POV with good colors & a fine composition.
Very well done & TFS.

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