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Green Bee-eater

Green Bee-eater
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Copyright: samiran nandy (samiran88) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 834 W: 85 N: 1657] (10271)
Genre: Animals
Média: Couleur
Date de prise de vue: 2011-10-18
Catégories: Birds
Appareil photographique: Nikon D90, 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED AF Zoom-Nikkor
Exposition: f/5.6, 1/640 secondes
More Photo Info: [view]
Versions: version originale
Date de soumission: 2012-02-09 6:14
Vue: 2914
Favoris: 1 [voir]
Points: 40
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Green Bee-eater
The Green Bee-eater, Merops orientalis, (sometimes Little Green Bee-eater) is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family. It is resident but prone to seasonal movements and is found widely distributed across sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal and The Gambia to Ethiopia, the Nile valley, western Arabia and Asia through India to Vietnam. They are mainly insect eaters and they are found in grassland, thin scrub and forest often quite far from water. Several regional plumage variations are known and several subspecies have been named.
Like other bee-eaters, this species is a richly coloured, slender bird. It is about 9 inches (16–18 cm) long with about 2 inches made up by the elongated central tail-feathers. The sexes are not visually distinguishable. The entire plumage is bright green and tinged with blue especially on the chin and throat. The crown and upper back are tinged with golden rufous. The flight feathers are rufous washed with green and tipped with blackish. A fine black line runs in front of and behind the eye. The iris is crimson and the bill is black while the legs are dark grey.
The calls are a nasal trill tree-tree-tree-tree, usually given in flight.
Like other species in the genus, bee-eaters predominantly eat insects, especially bees, wasps and ants, which are caught in the air by sorties from an open perch. Before swallowing prey, a bee-eater removes stings and breaks the exoskeleton of the prey by repeatedly thrashing it on the perch.
The breeding season is from March to June. Unlike many bee-eaters, these are often solitary nesters, making a tunnel in a sandy bank. The breeding pairs are often joined by helpers. They nest in hollows in vertical mud banks. The nest tunnel that they construct can run as much as 5 feet long and the 3-5 eggs are laid on the bare ground in the cavity at the end of the tunnel. The eggs are very spherical and glossy white.

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nice one nandy ji. there are a number of them in my compound too. tfs.

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  • aljy Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 4 N: 42] (593)
  • [2012-02-09 6:28]

hello samiran

very nice capture it is. i have equal shot but a bit out of focus! im so happy to see this capture as well done! i got shot also in same direction on dry branch.thanks for remembering it with ur fantastic shot my friiend.

have a nice day.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-02-09 6:48]

Beautiful image of this couple, Samiran!
Very good sharpness and great depth; wonderful colours and excellent light; nice eye contact. Well done!

Hello Samiran,
Splendid lights and beautiful colors on this photo, TFS!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2012-02-09 7:19]

Hello Samiran,
The Green Bee-eater is not only beautiful but relatively common in your country where I have had the pleasure of meeting them.
This is a fine capture, taken from a nice POV with fine clarity and saturated colours so that this pair is well seen among the foliage in this pleasing composition.
Thanks for this nice reminder!
Best regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5098 W: 166 N: 13042] (48618)
  • [2012-02-09 7:25]

Hello Samiran,
Lovely photo of these Green Bee-eaters in splendid colours and a fantastic composition. Good DOF and excellent sharpness.

Hallo Samiran,
what a beautiful capture of these two Green Bee-eaters, very good sharpness and splendid colours, excellent point of view and composition with a marvellous environment
Best regards

Hello Samiran
Amazing birds and beautiful photo with excellent composition. The colours are fantastic!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2012-02-09 8:14]

Hello Samiran,
A lovely capture of the Bee-eaters that are very nicely casmouflaged among the leaves. I like the way they're posing too. Great focus on both, sharp details and very well framed.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

amazing colours, TFS Ori

Hello Samiran
A eye catcher capture.Great composition and very good sharpness on focus.Colors are briliant.Congrats.
Thank You
Kind regards

Lovely capture Mr.Nandy! I like especially the flawless composition the pleasant depth, which gives some artistic touch to the photograph. The colors however seems a bit to optimistic ..at least for my taste! But lovely work no doubt !
George Veltchev

THIS is INCREDIBLE, ok maybe my THIRD favorite of the day, at first i thought our friend from Africa captured this one. It's of the same high quality and genuine excellence. Thank you so much for sharing. You raise the bar for all of us

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2012-02-09 18:47]

Hello Samiran!
What a beauty!Lovely couple of colorful birds in a very nice composition.Beautiful job!TFS
Regards from,

Hello Samiran

By far one of the most fresh, colourful and balanced composition of the bee eaters with just adequate depth. Extremely pleasing to the eye.

Hi Samiran,
Fantastic photo of this Green Bee Eater. Great colours, sharpness, composition, BG and POV.

Ciao Samiran. Another interesting specie of bird. Beautiful colours indeed.


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-02-10 6:41]

Hi Samiran,
Loxely photo,gorgeous light and colours. Good composition and sharpness details.
Have a good weekend
Regards Jiri.

Ciao Samiran, lovely couple of beautiful birds with fantastic colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Samiran

Excellent close-up photo of these Green Bee-eaters,
with fine POV, excellent focus sharpness and details,
and i love the fact that they can be camouflaged
with their environment, TFS


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2800 W: 0 N: 6695] (25837)
  • [2012-02-11 20:52]

Hello Samiran,
such a wonderful capture of these birds. Lively green view among the green surroundings. Excellent sharpness and a very pleasant scenery.
Well presented shot in lively composition.


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