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Merops pusillus

Merops pusillus
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-03-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-03-29 14:38
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Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dedicated to Peter Van Zoest.

Class: Aves
Order: Coraciiformes
Family: Meropidae
Genus: Merops
Species:M. pusillus

The little bee-eater (Merops pusillus) is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. It is resident in much of sub-Saharan Africa. It should not be confused with the little green bee-eater, Merops orientalis. Migration is limited to seasonal movements depending on rainfall patterns.
This species, like other bee-eaters, is a richly coloured, slender bird. It has green upper parts, yellow throat, black gorget, and rich brown upper breast fading to buffish ocre on the belly. The wings are green and brown, and the beak is black. It reaches a length of 1517 cm, which makes it the smallest African bee-eater. Sexes are alike. Often silent, their call is a soft "seep."
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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The very busy but extremely colourful BG plays a vital role in making your capture of a Bee Eater a special one, Luciano.
The dorsal POV shows the plumage of the bird in perfect detail.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-03-29 19:50]

Hello Luciano,
You were quite fortunate to be able to capture this beautiful bird perched in front of such a colorful BG. Until I joined TN I had never heard of these gorgeous little birds, they have since become a favorite of mine. Perfectly composed and displaying excellent detail. Exposure is just right and you obtained plenty of DOF. Great work!!

Ciao Luciano,
une photo pleine de couleur - tellement que l'on ne distingue presque pas l'oiseau!

Hello Luciano,
Beautiful photo of this Little Bee-eater in great sharpness and details. Nice contrasting colours. Excellent composition too.
Thanks for this dedication, I'm honored. Senegal is a very beautiful country for nature photographers.

perfect and artistic capture, TFS Ori

Hello Luciano,
Very nice capture with excellent details and nice colors. Stunning clarity and focus.
The weather is incredible warm here and the birds like bee eaters will migrate soon also in my region. How lovely this this green bee eaters are.....Your notes about this specie are very interesting. They have the same shape as the European Bee Eaters.

hallo Luciano
great picture with nice BG
good sharpness and beautiful colours
thanks gr lou

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2016-03-30 10:38]

Hi Luciano,
Fantastic captured this bee-eater. Gorgeous colors and excellent sharpness details
with nice composition. Too bad the background is very colorful,against the monochrome the background
bird would better stand out. I look forward to more photos from Senegal.
Regards Jiri.

হেলো লুসিয়ানো,
খুব সুন্দর রং। কমপোসিশান দারুন। এমনকি ব্যস্ত ব্যাক-গ্রাউন্ডটাও খুব একটা খারাপ লাগছে না। তবে চোখটা দেখা গেলে অারও ভালো লাগত।

Ciao Luciano, gran bello, favolosi colori, ottima messa a fuoco e splendida nitidezza, sei un grande anche con gli uccelli, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Hello Luciano
Wow, spectacular image of this Bee eater and nice dedication to Peter. The colours are fantastic including sharp details. Just gorgeous! Interesting notes too.
TFS Janice

GREAT frame with different colors through out.......

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2016-03-31 23:12]

Hi Luciano
Great catch. The bee-eater is in perfect focus, contrasting nicely with the background.
Nice colors and fine details.


Hello white-breasted cormorant

Great shot of the bee-eater, fine POV and framing,
beautiful light and color tones, excellent focus,
sharpness, details, and contrast, TFS


Hello Luciano,
here you have combinded a portrait of colourful Merops pusillus resting in elegant pose on broken wood - residing over a field of equally colourful Crassulaceae - to an image of outstanding beauty.
A strongly detailed background of similar colour may often be considered a noisy background to be avoided, but here with this very special kind of background noise has turned into music: a symphony of very pleasant colours in rhythmic shapes.
A wonderful dedication to Peter Van Zoest.
Thank you! With best regards,

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