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Bee-eater(Merops apiaster) + dragonfly
One of my favourite birds.
This is not far from my home in an old quarry where they burrow deap into the walls
to make there nests,This area has a colony of about 40 pairs

Image 332 of 354
Sun Jul 06, '08 08:33AM
Comments 9
Views 654
Uploaded By: Avi Hirschfield

Image Properties
Aperture Value: f//9 Shutter Speed Value: 1/1250 sec
ISO: 400 Focal Length: 500 mm
Flash: Flash did not fire Date/Time: 06/07/08 08:33:53
Exposure Bias: 0 EV Make: Nikon Corporation
Metering Mode: Multi-Segment Model: NIKON D300
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Authored by: Patrick Flynn on Saturday, May 28 2011 @ 06:08 PM EDT Bee-eater(Merops apiaster) + dragonfly

Leave it to Avi to make liars out of the scientists who named this species "bee eater" ;-)

Gorgeous bird that I've never seen before and incredibly sharp detail with excellent bokeh. Yet another winner!

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I still have a lot of surprises  Smile))))

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Authored by: Walter Rowe on Sunday, May 29 2011 @ 09:31 AM EDT Bee-eater(Merops apiaster) + dragonfly

I agree with Patrick. Exceptional sharpness and detail. I love that you have captured this specimen with a meal in its mouth. The colors really stand out against the creamy, monotone quarry wall. Great shot!

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Authored by: Richard P Schoettger on Tuesday, May 31 2011 @ 07:03 AM EDT Bee-eater(Merops apiaster) + dragonfly

Come on Avi...I am dissappointed with two things!!  One..are you sure this is not the endangered and rare dragonfly-eater????    That thing is huge for that bird!   Second and most importantly...I was really hoping for the scientic name of the dragonfly too!  You are slacking now.....:-)   

As usual...exceptional sharpness and great look at this.  I am tempted to post my bee-eater out too, but will save for a rainy day when you do not have much to offer!!   :-)  This is great and nothing to nitpick about, which is typical Avi..Thanks.

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Its not for that bird its for the chicks in the nest Wink


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Authored by: Bob Miller on Tuesday, May 31 2011 @ 03:50 PM EDT Bee-eater(Merops apiaster) + dragonfly

Great catch Avi! The bird really stands out on the tan background. Very pretty bird.

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Authored by: Roger Maki on Tuesday, May 31 2011 @ 06:21 PM EDT Bee-eater(Merops apiaster) + dragonfly

Amazing color in the bird, and great sharpness and detail where it counts.

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Authored by: Sarah Clarehart on Wednesday, June 01 2011 @ 07:27 PM EDT Bee-eater(Merops apiaster) + dragonfly

Great one Avi! But I love all your Bee-eater photos. Just spectacular!

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Authored by: Lucy Llewellyn Byard on Saturday, June 11 2011 @ 04:14 PM EDT Bee-eater(Merops apiaster) + dragonfly


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