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European Bee-Eater (Juvenile)

European Bee-Eater (Juvenile)
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Copyright: Srikumar Balial (Hotelcalifornia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1519 W: 24 N: 2225] (14408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5200, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, 95mm UV Filter
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds Of Kruger National Park Through My Eyes, Birds Of South Africa - Part 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2017-06-11 12:52
Viewed: 1631
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I had captured this juvenile 'European Bee-Eater' (Merops apiaster) in Kruger National Park during our morning game drive.

The only Bee Eater with Brown back. Very colourful and slender bodied Bee Eater.

But it's a juvenile one, so colour looks bit pale. I will post adult European Bee Eater another day.

In this picture I don't like the shadow of branch on the back of the bird.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2017-06-11 13:17]

Hi Srikumar,no problem for the branch shadow on the bird,we can't change these things as the background of my butterflies...you caught the best by this moment and the result is excellent,very bright plumage colors and good sharpness too on the same background color of your last pic,well done! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Hi Sri,
Sometimes there are things we can't change, like that small shadow of a branch here. However, although it's a little disturbing, doesn't destruct the image. Lights are wonderful and colors are fabulous, sharpness is ok, meanwhile the composition's eye-pleasing. Good shot overall, I like it.
Kind regards from Ireland, László

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-06-13 19:29]

Great shot of one of my favorite birds Srikumar,
The shadow doesn't bother me a bit since it is taken in the wild, and not in a studio setting. Very sharp and wonderful eye contact. The exposure is terrific, especially considering the lighting you had to deal with.

Hi Srikumar,

The bird is well placed in the frame. The point of view is showing the details of the European Bee-Eater. It is clear and sharp. The good luminosity is giving nice tints to the colours. Have a nice day.


Ciao Srikumar, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Srikumar,
This young Bee Eater has interesting has feathers with interesting colors.....This specie migrates in Europe. In the region I live they make nests on the ground in the sandy riverbanks of Timis river. I made some photos with them. They arrived late this year because of the cold weather in May.....

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