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Bee Eater

Bee Eater
Photo Information
Copyright: T H Su (suleesia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 5 N: 129] (1924)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70S, Nikkor AF300mm f2.8 + 2XTC, Digital ISO-200
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bee Eaters, Ptaki [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-20 8:37
Viewed: 5548
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Blue-tailed Bee-eater, Merops philippinus is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. It breeds in southeastern Asia. It is strongly migratory, India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

This species is sometimes considered to be conspecific with the Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, M. persicus.

This species, like other bee-eaters, is a richly-coloured, slender bird. It is predominantly green; its face has a narrow blue patch with a black eye stripe, and a yellow and brown throat; the tail is blue and the beak is black. It can reach a length of 23-26 cm, including the two elongated central tail feathers. Sexes are alike.

This is a bird which breeds in sub-tropical open country, such as farmland, parks or ricefields. 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. However, this species probably takes bees and dragonflies in roughly equal numbers.

These bee-eaters are gregarious, nesting colonially in sandy banks or open flat areas. They make a relatively long tunnel in which the 5 to 7 spherical white eggs are laid. Both the male and the female take care of the eggs. These birds also feed and roost communally. The call is similar to European Bee-eater.

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Superb close-up !
very sharp, good DOF, nice colors.

You've done a great job here !

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  • ridfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
  • [2005-10-20 8:49]

magnifique tout simplement.

Wow! This is beautiful Ken.

It certainly is an exotic looking and interesting bird.

You have done a marvelous job of capturing the perfect details of this fine creature.

Congratulations and thank you.

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  • ryyck Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 176] (994)
  • [2005-10-20 9:38]

Excelente foto, a ave fez pose e tudo... :)

:O, este pajaro no lo tenemos aquí en España. Tenemos a se "herman" Merps Apiaster :D. Este es preciso :D. Un gran trabajo. Very good shot, and very good composicion. :D

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-10-20 10:54]

Wow... Stunning, Ken. Another outstanding shot. The colors are so vivid, and the details are so very sharp. Wonderful display of the tail feathers. Excellent composition. Congratulations and TFS. : )

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-10-20 11:06]

Hello Ken,
Very nice capture with a superb composition.
Wonderful colours and a lot of nice details.
Well done&TFS

Hi Ken
Very nice close-up !
I like it very much

Hi Ken Su,
Excellent! Nice clos up of Blue-tailed Bee-eater with perfact timing. best DOF.
Tail look like fan. Colors are very bright.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • IdoTT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 210 W: 19 N: 86] (482)
  • [2005-10-20 13:26]

Stunning shot of the bee eater Ken!
The colors are superb!
Excellent sharpness in this picture !


Excellent image of this bee-eater, very nice separation of the subject from the background and the colors are very nice. Paul :)

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  • Merlin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 267 N: 455] (1713)
  • [2005-10-20 13:44]

Pin-sharp and beautiful. I hope you took lots of shots while you had the chance!

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-10-20 13:51]

I have only one word for it Ken,
and that is Great.
gr. Jaap

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-10-20 17:15]

Absolument superbe et magnifique.


Very nice shot Ken,
Good sharp and clear detail. The colours are nice and the exposure is good. Good framing and notes.
Great shot. Thanks for posting, have a great weekend

This photo is absolutely beautiful! Colors, sharpness, light, BG...everything is perfect. Pose of the bird is wonderful!
SUPERB! Congratulations and TFS!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-21 3:46]

Wow ! What a wonderful and interesting bird that you have very well captured ! Its pose with open tail is great. Composition, colors, DOF, BG, details and sharpness are very good ! Congratulations Ken and thanks for sharing.

Magnificent birds and colourful one you have there, great image, great work.


Hi Ken

Sorry to say my time is limited again today, so this is just a quick critique. Very good work. I like the POV. Sharpness and detail are good. Love the tail feather spread out. Good timing. Well done. Thanks.

veryh nice shot. Good DOF and details.
Hi mario

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  • hasbi (54)
  • [2006-09-21 14:10]

i am so sorry ken... i dont have any comment for your job.
wonderful, you are lucky :)


huh....how to get this....timing really good....have u posted it for competition?

What a great shot perfect cannot find a fault Nice sharp eye contact colors great

  • smurali Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 205 W: 14 N: 609] (3596)
  • [2008-09-12 11:41]

Phenomenal picture. One of the best Green Bee Eater pictures I have seen. The choice of moment is brilliant.

- Murali

Great shot! The colours, composition and dof look wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

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