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bee-eater Merops

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#1 Tom Kellie

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Posted 03 June 2015 - 12:33 AM

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Merops superciliosus Quintet
 
Photographed at 5:06 pm on 9 February, 2014 at Lake Baringo, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.
 
ISO 800, 1/8000 sec., f/5.6, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.
 
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A highlight of safaris is the presence of bee-eaters of various species. Active birds, they entertain with their arcing flights to and from a preferred perch, usually with insect prey in beak.
 
While drifting on Lake Baringo this Merops superciliosus, Madagascar Bee-eater, quintet was observed perched together. Their cheerful chirps enlivened the early evening silence.

 


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Posted 03 June 2015 - 09:34 AM

@Tom Kellie good idea to showcase these jewel like birds. I saw these Carmine Bee-eaters at Mazambala Lodge in the Caprivi in September 2014.

 

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Little Bee-eaters, Mazambala Lodge

 

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Swallow-tailed bee-eaters, Kgalagadi, August 2014

 

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This photo of a White-fronted bee-eater was taken at Mashatu in July 2008

 

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and these at Selous in July 2008

 

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Posted 03 June 2015 - 09:53 AM

@Tom Kellie good idea to showcase these jewel like birds. I saw these Carmine Bee-eaters at Mazambala Lodge in the Caprivi in September 2014.

 

~ @Treepol

 

How many ‘WOW’s am I allowed?

 

These images are far beyond FANTASTIC !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

The colors you captured are SENSATIONAL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Who doesn't love bee-eaters?

 

Their activity and vibrant plumage enliven any safari.

 

You deserve considerable appreciation for uploading such a variety of top-quality bee-eater images.

 

Many thanks. I'll look for more to add, as other members will surely do.

 

You've set a high bar of quality for us to aspire towards!

 

Tom K.



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Posted 03 June 2015 - 11:09 AM

@Tom Kellie thank you for your kind comments.

 

I must admit that bee-eaters are some of my favourite birds and I'm looking forward to adding some Indian species next year and of course, our own Rainbow bee-eater would also be nice. I'll have to work on that one.


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Posted 03 June 2015 - 11:19 AM

@Tom Kellie thank you for your kind comments.

 

I must admit that bee-eaters are some of my favourite birds and I'm looking forward to adding some Indian species next year and of course, our own Rainbow bee-eater would also be nice. I'll have to work on that one.

 

~ @Treepol

 

What ?!?!?!

 

Australia has a bee-eater, i.e. a Merops species of its own?

 

Having never yet visited Australia, I didn't know that.

 

That's exciting, as it means Australian kids grow up with an awareness of bee-eaters.

 

If you or other Safaritalk members who either live in or have visited Australia might post a ‘Rainbow bee-eater’, it would be a welcome addition to this forum.

 

This comes as quite a surprise to me!

 

Thank you for mentioning it.

 

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Posted 03 June 2015 - 12:03 PM

@Tom Kellie Here ya go Tom, Two record shots of Rainbow Bee-eaters (Merops ornatus). A common bird in northern Australia but I rarely see them as very few migrate as far south as where I live.

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Posted 03 June 2015 - 12:11 PM

@Tom Kellie Here ya go Tom, Two record shots of Rainbow Bee-eaters (Merops ornatus). A common bird in northern Australia but I rarely see them as very few migrate as far south as where I live.

 

~ @Geoff

 

What beauties!

 

Now I have one more reason to someday take a camera to Australia.

 

They migrate?

 

Very clear images. They definitely share characteristics with their East African cousins.

 

This effectively internationalizes the bee-eaters forum.

 

Next an Indian bee-eater is needed.

 

Thank you very much!

 

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Posted 03 June 2015 - 09:11 PM

@Geoff thanks for posting your excellent photos. 

 

@Tom Kellie I will be chasing these beautiful bee-eaters in northern Queensland in July and hopefully will return with some good photos.


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Posted 10 June 2015 - 04:03 AM

@Geoff thanks for posting your excellent photos. 

 

@Tom Kellie I will be chasing these beautiful bee-eaters in northern Queensland in July and hopefully will return with some good photos.

 

~ @Treepol

 

That's great news!

 

Thank you for letting us know.

 

I hope that your northern Queensland visit will exceed all expectations!

 

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Posted 10 June 2015 - 04:11 AM

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Perched at Lake Baringo

 
Photographed at 4:17 pm on 9 February, 2014 on Lake Baringo, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.
 
ISO 800, 1/8000 sec., f/5.6, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.
 
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Safari guides are a fairly unflappable lot, having seen quite a variety of species and interactions during their years of guiding clients in wilderness areas, week in and week out.
 
Therefore I was surprised when the boat guide on Lake Baringo was visibly startled when this bird was spotted. He emphasized that it was the only carmine bee-eater he'd seen there for many months.

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Posted 15 July 2015 - 12:41 PM

Palm Cove, Queensland, September 2013, fairly common in the area 

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Posted 10 August 2015 - 08:58 AM

Port Douglas, August 2015

 

Finally, some good views of the Rainbow bee-eater!

 

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Mossman River, August 2015

 

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Posted 10 August 2015 - 10:41 AM

~ @Treepol

 

I've rarely seen a clear bee-eater bill-cleaning photo.

 

Thanks a lot for including one in this very nice batch of rainbow bee-eater images.

 

Tom K.



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Posted 20 August 2015 - 03:43 PM

Some fantastic photos here!

 

Thank you @Tom Kellie, @Treepol, @Geoff and @elefromoz


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Posted 25 August 2015 - 05:35 PM

Blue-Cheeked Bee-Eater, Okavango Delta, 03/2014

 

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European Bee-Eater, Nxai Pan, 03/2014

 

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Swallow-Tailed Bee-Eater, Okavango Delta, 03/2014

 

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Southern Carmine Bee-Eater, Linyanti, 03/2014

 

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Chestnut-Headed Bee-Eater, Kaziranga, 03/2015

 

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Blue-Bearded Bee-Eater, Kaziranga, 03/2015

 

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Little Bee-Eater, Meru, 09/2014

 

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Green Bee-Eater, Tadoba, 03/2015

 

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Posted 25 August 2015 - 08:07 PM

~ @michael-ibk

 

You've spoiled us with such a lavish selection of GORGEOUS bee-eaters.

 

In all of my safaris, I've not seen even half the species you've shared here.

 

No one species stands out, as they're all really lovely.

 

From your images it's clear that you're ‘bee-eater conscious’ while on safari.

 

Many, many THANKS for these!

 

Tom K.


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Posted 11 November 2015 - 10:24 PM

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Meru Little Bee-eater Pair

 
Photographed at 9:31 am on 20 July, 2015 in Meru National Park, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.
 
ISO 200, 1/500 sec., f/5.6, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.
 
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Much of the territory we explored in Meru National Park was self-evidently ‘off the beaten path’. Anthony and I enjoy following the most overgrown tracks to see what might be living in remote areas.
 
In one large stretch, there were few plants with green foliage. Therefore these two Little Bee-eaters stood out when we approached them. Such vibrant plumage in an otherwise drab setting!

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Posted 19 February 2017 - 05:39 AM

White fronted bee eaters - Selous NP, Tanzania

These guys were nesting along the Rufiji River bank

 

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