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BEE EATER


BEE EATER
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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5411] (29584)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2019-05-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: NIKON D810, Nikon 300mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S + 1,4TC II
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2019-06-04 0:28
Viewed: 120
Points: 16
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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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Hi Marius,
What a lovely shot of this cute bird.

Biswarup

hello Marius,
La capture est magnifique, bon réglage de la profondeur, belle netteté et de superbes couleurs.
Bon timing avec l'insecte dans le bec
Bonne journée
Roland

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6480 W: 89 N: 15613] (65313)
  • [2019-06-04 12:31]

H Marius,it's dinner time with this delicious dragonfly..ehehe..beautiful capture another time of the colorful friend in the usual top quality! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Roland, great capture of lovely bird and its prey, splendid sharpness, fantastic colors and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2019-06-05 10:07]

Hello Marius,
Fantastic photo of this bee-eater with prey. Excellent sharpness, details and beautiful natural colors. Attractive eye contact.
Regards,
Peter

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 330 W: 12 N: 90] (9662)
  • [2019-06-06 7:48]

My bad habit that I do calculate the focal length,
300mm X 1.4 that turns 420mm so it is quite sharp shot
but the lighting matters that it is well exposed the colors are much attractive.
Well done and TFS.

Amazing capture, Marius, of the bee eater and yours.

Regards

Excellent background, Marius and typical pose of this Bee-eater. Well framed.
Thanks and regards,
Srikumar

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