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BEE EATER


BEE EATER
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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: 2013-06-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikon 300mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S + 1,4TC II
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-06-10 13:16
Viewed: 1722
Points: 40
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BEE EATER (MEROPS APIASTER):

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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splendida coppia di gruccioni,Marius
in questi giorni sto cimentandomi anche io con questi volatili ma con scarsissimi risultati..sigh...sigh!
sERGIO

Ciao Marius, great captuure of lovely couple, fantastic colors, beautiful blurry BG, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-06-10 15:14]

Hi Marius,magnificent couple,one of the most beautiful birds living in our countries whit this colorful plumage,a great opportunity caught in the best way whit a very profoessional quality!! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Marius,
MASTERPIECE photograph of Bee Eater, excellent sharpness and details, excellent composition, excellent background and lighting.
Thanks for sharing,
Daystar-7

Adorable posture of these Bee Eaters, as if deliberately synchronized, Marius.
Superb sharpness sharpness, clarity and colours.
The delicate perch adds beauty to the composition.
Ram

Hello Marius
Just superb! Perfect details and setting, twice!
regards yiannis

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2013-06-10 19:58]

Hello Marius,

I've never seen a Bee Eater in the field before and so it's a pleasure to see two together and in such fine symmetry and in perfect focus with the finest of saturated colors and from a choice pov for maximum exposure to this tandem.
Very nice.

Derek

Hi Marius,
beautiful twins. Perfect composition and presentation. A lot of details. I also like the appropriate background.
Thanks for sharing,
Maciek

Beautiful birds and GREAT photo Marius! For one more time the composition, the BG, the colours and the sharpness are excellent!
Regards,
Christodoulos

Colorful birds on a delicate perch and perfect exposure make this a wonderful picture to watch :-)
TFS
Goutham Ramesh

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-06-11 3:06]

Hi Marius,
Again beautiful, quietly envy. Fantastic composition,
colours and details.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Mr.Marius,
Your this Bee-eater series pictures are really eye-catching.Excellent sharpness with beautiful colours.Active moment with nice POV.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,
Srikumar

Wow Marius, more perfect than this one cannot get! Absolutely marvelous photography. Everything is just right. The focus is great, the balance in this image is super. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.
Anna.

Marius is allways good
I like this composition and great details
the bg and colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Marius,
鳥照的很清晰
也很美麗 一對的表情相似 構圖美麗 謝謝分享
STONE

Hello Marius,
what a lovely pair.
stunning sharpness and colour.
a superb picture.
best wishes,
samiran

Hi Marius
probably no sunshine but therefore a very natural light and good compo
well done!
tfs
Tom

Great shot, congrats and TFS!

Hello Marius

Excellent close-up photo of this pair of European Bee-eaters,
shot with very fine POV and framing,
with great focus, sharpness, and details, TFS

Asbed

Hello Marius
Very sharp and clear pic my Friend.Perfect POV,wonderful composition.natursl colours and clean BG.Sharpness is impressive.Thank You.
Have a good WE!!!
Best regards
J.Diogo

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