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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, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-08-21 9:38
Viewed: 1870
Points: 36
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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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Hi Marius,
Superb shot of this little fellow. A very nice composition with great sharpness, details and attractive colors.TFS,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2013-08-21 10:01]

Hi Marius.
I love this species a lot. I love your wonderful picture a lot too. Brilliant reproduction of all beauties of the bird. Sharpness of the bird and dry twig is absolute. BG is amazing too and the whole subject is simply wonderful. Great job. My compliments and warm regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-08-21 10:10]

Hello Marius,
Fantastic photo of this Bee-eater in superb sharpness, details and splendid colours, nicely contrasting against the smooth background.

Hello Marius
Lovely picture of this European Bee-eater. This is a bit different colour of from our Indian bee eater.
Good picture with perfect sharpness of the subject over the blurry BG.
best wishes,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-08-21 10:29]

Hi Marius,
Very nice portrait of a beautiful bird. Amazing colors
with excellent details. Perfect capture from close range.
Regards Jiri.

SUPER good Marius
i like this sharpness composition with great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-08-21 12:41]

Hi Marius,one of the most beautiful bird in the common species field,magnificent capture of this kingfisher whit the perfect saturation and great details,i like it!Have a good night and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Marius. Impressive DOF razor details brigh colours agains the blurred BG. Another great pic from you!


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-08-21 13:35]

Hello Marius,
what a nice shot. The beautiful bird's colourings tone in with the branches and background so well. It is an excellent capture.Regards Siggi

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-08-21 18:53]

Hello Marius,
I see you were fortunate to get a shot of one of my favorite birds to view here on TN. I had never even heard of this beautiful little bird until I joined TN a few years back. I love their multi colored plumage and unique features which you have captured so nicely in this photo. Excellent detail, colors and perfect exposure. Well done!!

Hello Marius,
Wonderful plumage details and its colours saturation.An inspirational image indeed.

Hi Marius,
哇 今天的PO相片 大家都是超級的很清晰
羽毛色彩繽紛美麗 角度很棒 它的紅眼睛非常犀利
構圖美麗 背景深遂 經典作品

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-08-22 0:42]

Hello Marius,
A typical shot in your style. Fine composition, not too close, perfect sharpness and beautiful blurred background.
And a very colourful model.

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2013-08-23 2:10]

Hi Marius,
I hope you are all well my friend !
Amazing capture of this wonderful little bird ,
so colorful , perfect sharpness , outstanding details,
well composed, excellent lighting !
Best regards !

Hi Marius,
I think you are proud to have this Superb capture.
I really love this one very much.This picture is full of colors.Great composition and framing.Excellent sharpness and natural color.
Thank you for this beautiful picture.


a sharp image of a wonderful bird

Hello Mr.Marius,
Beautiful picture of this Bee Eater.Nice colour and sharpness.Splendid BG and good light on subject.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

Hello Marius,
Excellent photograph of Bee Eater, excellent sharpness and details, outstanding composition, excellent background and lighting.
Thanks for sharing,

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