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|BEE EATER (MEROPS APIASTER):|
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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- [2019-05-04 8:02]
The height of beauty, only beautiful ones can make beautiful shots, no words to praise.
- [2019-05-04 15:03]
Hi Marius,a beautiful composition made a year ago,when the bee eaters are nesting,impressive composition,colors and quality as usual! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
- [2019-05-05 13:44]
Well caught this eye catching couple, in the best moment and in a pleasant composition.
Colors, exposure and DoF are great.
Stunning lights and couples... as always the lights and details of BG also models are excellent well done
Never stop admiring this beautiful European species of Bee Eaters, Marius.
A top class capture in the most congenial light conditions.
Very nice color of these couple and also in nice moment.