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Early morning light (III) by Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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The European Bee-eater 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. Just as the name suggests, bee-eaters predominantly eat insects, especially bees and wasps which are caught in the air by sorties from an open perch. Before eating its meal, a Bee-eater removes the sting by repeatedly hitting the insect on a hard surface. It eats some 250 bees daily. Lizards and frogs are also taken. They reach a length of 27–29 cm (10.6–11.4 in). Sexes are alike.
European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster), Lake Kerkini, Greece, Europe

Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400 mm at 400 mm, 1/750 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 200
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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Thank you for accepting Ray!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 3 years ago

  • Thank you for accepting Ann!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamover 3 years ago

    What a beauty, well spotted and captured

  • Thanks a lot Robert, cheers!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyover 3 years ago

    Great capture.

  • Thanks a lot Garry!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Russell Couch
    Russell Couchover 3 years ago

    Stunning capture!!!!

  • Thank you very much Russell!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • João Figueiredo
    João Figueiredoover 3 years ago

    wow… such a nice bird… never seen it before… Nice catch!

  • Thanks a lot Jonybigude! Maybe you also like this:
    European Bee-eater

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • helmutk
    helmutkover 3 years ago

    Great work !

  • Thank you very much Helmut!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • photoloi
    photoloiover 3 years ago

  • Thanks a lot for the feature Photoloi, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • NautilusBlue
    NautilusBlueover 3 years ago

    So pretty !!!

  • Thanks a lot!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 3 years ago

    June 9, 2011

  • Many thanks for the feature Teresa, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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