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Little Bee Eater

By rontear  
Whilst at Kwando reserve, during the mid day time we would relax in camp. Being a photographer this was impossible. I noticed these birds were catching dragonflys and resting on this stem of papyrus. I slowly made my way with 600mm lens to a distance to capture resonable size and not disturb.

Tags: Botswana Little bee eater Papyrus Kwando Wildlife and nature

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Comments


ericfaragh 16 149 5 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2006 12:54PM
Wonderful colours, lovely context.

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RuthyJ 13 England
2 Sep 2006 12:54PM
Beautiful little bird, great shot.
Ruth
culturedcanvas 14 4.7k 59 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2006 12:56PM
excellent .. an quite sharp despite x2 convertor ... love this bird by the way !!
KBan 14 512 4 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2006 1:11PM
wow what a sperb image
keith
butzz 14 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2006 1:18PM
a brilliant image,super detail

ian
Ajack 14
2 Sep 2006 2:00PM
Fabulous capture of a beautiful bird,
Alan
pcjackso Junior Member 14 7
2 Sep 2006 2:17PM
It's a cacking shot Ron.lovely detail,like it a lot
Pauline
akh Plus
15 1.2k 5 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2006 3:20PM
Excellent use of focus - well taken.
Tony
Newtman 13 2 5
2 Sep 2006 4:21PM
I wish the bird was looking into the picture, but you can't get these guys to pose very easily.
bumbleb3 13 358 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2006 4:23PM
very good capture,nice details
sandy
terry_cavner 14 332 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2006 4:48PM
SUPERB
2 Sep 2006 5:20PM
What a lovely coloured bird.Nice shot
Nic
User_Removed 13 51
2 Sep 2006 6:28PM
Great capture and composition.

Derek
mirceax 13
2 Sep 2006 8:12PM
lovely image,the composition and tones are super.
Mircea
trissie 13 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2006 9:19PM
A brilliant shot and lovely colours.

Trish x
2 Sep 2006 10:20PM
A wonderful shot, lovely colour & detail, happy to be your 30th

Pel
Keelo 16 18 Australia
3 Sep 2006 7:44AM
Superb shot.
rontear Plus
16 21 8 England
17 Sep 2006 8:53PM
Thanks for the votes and critics, always enjoyable. Ron.
MickS 14 23 14 England
6 Oct 2006 7:19PM
Watcha ron,
excellent, sharp, pic.
I bunged an index card over an awful lot of the rh side, for me, the pic improved no end???
best
Mick
GeoffP 14 130 Portugal
13 Nov 2006 8:16PM
My kind of shot - tells me a great deal about this species - excellent work IMHO.

Geoff
andytvcams 17 10.4k 1 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2006 9:26PM
The best Ive seen on this site.

you set a high standard.


Andy...
7 Dec 2006 10:15AM
Beautiful capture Ron, very well composed, Adrian
User_Removed 15 825 Lithuania
11 Dec 2006 5:47AM
they said it all before me!... well done!
Misteree 13 2 Australia
11 Jan 2007 11:04AM
Absolutely perfect!
angelamary 14 6 England
18 Jan 2007 12:11PM
What a beautiful bird! Lovely colours. Well caught!
5 Feb 2007 10:22AM
Superb shot, he looks as if he's talking to someone. helen
8 Feb 2007 2:21PM
cracking shot
8 Feb 2007 10:04PM
My ambition is to be able to produce stunningly gorgeous photography like this.


Click!


Stephen
Phoebecat 13 1 Italy
28 Mar 2007 8:20PM
Well-deserved RC - love the space you've left around da boid

Matt
dionne 15 29 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2007 10:17PM
WOW! a real beauty and well focused and caught!
12 May 2007 1:24AM
Love the colors and composition on this
Julian 15 76 3 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2007 3:24PM
Nice example of the bird.
SandraKay Plus
12 233 4 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2007 3:40PM
Splendid shot.
Sandra
JudeC 12 6 3 England
26 Jul 2007 7:29PM
What a wonderful shot - JudeC
conrad 15 10.9k 116
27 Aug 2007 9:58PM
What a lovely bird. Well done on an excellent capture!
Neil_Higgins 13 35 3 England
4 Sep 2007 5:29PM
Great timing, wonderful colour, well done.
No comment... just..click.
proz 15 205 United States
23 Sep 2007 3:28PM
gorgeous, the colors,tone composition, very few are better.
robincoombes 12 1 5 Wales
27 Sep 2007 6:31PM
Colours, comp, style and suject great

Robin
DaveHobbo 13 10 England
2 Oct 2007 6:52AM
Jusy lovely

Dave H
rontear Plus
16 21 8 England
6 Oct 2007 12:05AM
A very big thank you to all who have commented and voted. Perhaps of interest, the rest of the story. Whilst taking this image the camp managers wife Sally called down to me. She asked me to come up the bank as crocodiles were known to ambush prey beside this river ! Ron.
ShedMan 14 3 2 South Africa
9 Nov 2007 7:02AM
Wow, excellent shot! I wish I could get close enough to the flock of European Bee Eaters that are 'hunting' every morning and evening from the power lines below our house. You've really captured the colours well and the pose on the papyrus stem makes for a great composition.

‘Ņ‘
22 Nov 2007 11:52PM
Great shot realy great.That would have been a good shot Ron,crock with its mouth open,or mabe not .

Ray .
15 Feb 2008 7:35AM
Excellent shot. Love everything about it.
Mac
FeatherFriend 12 38 217 England
20 Feb 2008 10:14PM
Stunning shot, like everything about it.
Geoff.
ann_g 15 19 United Kingdom
29 Feb 2008 8:10PM
Great shot
Ridgeway 13 222 2 Ireland
30 Mar 2008 2:44AM
Beautiful shot,colour,dof,detail,
You can have tomorrow off,,
fishy2 12
16 Apr 2008 5:49PM
superb.
jase.
rontear Plus
16 21 8 England
19 Apr 2008 12:05PM
Milestone ! Huge thank you to you all, incredible. Ron.
franfoto 12 2 32 England
22 Apr 2008 7:45PM
This is a lovely capture, light, focus and DOF all spot on. Including the broom-side of the papyrus in the frame shows how tiny this bird is. All in all a great shot.
Fran
ginz04 15 281 20 United Kingdom
8 May 2008 4:30PM
excellent capture.
norton 15 2 6 Jersey
12 May 2008 2:27PM
Great image,well spotted and captured..............

Tony.
Ray42 11 3 England
11 Jun 2008 3:13PM
I agree with franfoto but it works equally well if you crop it around the little bee eater. Great shot cropped or not
derekv 12 3 England
15 Jun 2008 10:31AM
Cracking image, superb composition and detail.
Derek
15 Jun 2008 2:08PM
Great capture very well done.
Will
dannybeath 15 1 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2008 4:25PM
super bee eater portrait
IFIMAGE 11 143 Wales
18 Jun 2008 10:28PM
A cracker
Ian
Paddy 17 254 8 England
19 Jun 2008 7:28AM
this is superb, what a beautiful picture, how lucky you are to see this .. SmileP
harrattp 12 11 4 England
19 Jun 2008 4:44PM
Crikey after 120 votes there is not much else to be said. Stunning image.
Paul
pluckyfilly 13 351 33 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2008 8:21AM

Quote:Crikey after 120 votes there is not much else to be said. Stunning image.
Paul

touche
dwarf 11 52 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2008 9:00PM
what can you say??? dorothy
Frank_Reid 14 227 1 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2008 11:25AM
Stunning Work my friend, I can only continue to work hard to get a image as wonderful as this ...

Frank
7 Sep 2008 5:04PM
Whata beauty!! HDave :o)
dmhuynh72 11 44 3 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2008 9:10PM
excellent capture Ron.
regards
Yung
old timer 15 55 1 Scotland
11 Sep 2008 5:01PM
Just first class.
Jim
A Booth Plus
17 11 4 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2008 12:19PM
superb capture.
danbrann 15 640 17
19 Sep 2008 8:22AM
Ron a tremendous image demonstrating the skill of the photographer.
BURNSIE 11 25 4 England
23 Sep 2008 6:44PM
Truely a Super Capture, cracking picture. Burnsie
CherryMartin 11 10 United States
23 Sep 2008 7:23PM
Outstanding capture.
7 Oct 2008 7:21AM
Lucky you. This is a fantastic shot
Jenni
teocali Plus
11 442 18 England
10 Oct 2008 10:39PM
Totally exquisite in every respect
Sylvia
12 Oct 2008 1:28PM
Gorgeous, well captured.
30 Oct 2008 9:54PM
Top marks old chap
ugly Plus
11 9 57 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2008 8:26AM
Great shot.....

Dave
Tigress 11 Scotland
7 Nov 2008 9:19PM
I love bee eaters - saw the green one in Inda ( sorry- I am not a bird expert- mammals are my thing!) This is a perfect shot. What more is there to add?
21 Nov 2008 8:26AM
Thatís the prettiest bird picture I have ever seen i really like dof the simplicity of the grass is just fab! The film has a beautiful golden tone too.
sparrowhawk Plus
11 277 2 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2008 9:00AM
absolutely wonderful !! my dream one day is to capture shots like this!! it probably won't happen though
OMG 11 51 2 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2008 11:11PM
Fantastic shot with such super clarity and the long lens gives such great pof.
Rgds
Derek
Richsr 12 91 223 England
17 Dec 2008 6:52PM
Bit late to this one - like the details and tones you have captured.
Regards Richard.
KevSB 15 1.5k 5 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2008 5:39PM
superb
30 Dec 2008 4:04PM
Wow! as above enough said
Take-a-View 15 293 5 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2009 10:26PM
Outstanding
ToothPilot 12 50 4 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2009 4:52PM
Everything about this shot is great. Love the round composition caused by the papyrus. What a great place to visit (Botswana). I have seen a lot of wildlife there.
Hendrik
Hazel 13 1 United States
1 Feb 2009 5:18PM
Beautiful bird - lovely tones to this shot!
maryg 11 66 18 Scotland
10 Feb 2009 10:54PM
had a good look through your portfolio. Loved it. this little fellow caught my eye, love the coloursand his balancing act on the papyrus.
mary
28 Feb 2009 11:11AM
just WOW
sparrowhawk Plus
11 277 2 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2009 9:12AM
absolutely brilliant
Jat_Riski 11 89 United Kingdom
10 May 2009 8:38PM
Excellent shot.
12 May 2009 8:17AM
a wonderful image well captured
15 Jun 2009 5:44PM
Stunning. sylvia
PattiW 14 24 2 United States
4 Jul 2009 2:05AM
Excellent! Patti
Lillian Plus
10 23 17 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2009 3:53PM
a wonderful photograph
VERY well done
Lillian
22 Jul 2009 6:01PM
wonderful shot
4 Sep 2009 10:53PM
Super image...
david357 10 12 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2009 11:21PM
A lovely image it is, too.
David.
rontear Plus
16 21 8 England
9 Nov 2009 10:49PM
200 ! A very big ! tank you all. Outstanding appreciation. Ron.
Rock 17 10 2 England
11 Nov 2009 8:32AM
This shot deserves all the credit given !

Rock
Daisymaye 11 23 16 Canada
12 Nov 2009 2:56AM
Beautiful image Ron. Lovely colour and super detail. Love it.....Sandy
15 Nov 2009 1:16PM
Simply delightful image. Sylvia
Dusan 10 Sri Lanka
16 Nov 2009 2:59PM
Excellent image Ron
Birte 12
17 Nov 2009 2:13AM
Excellent image,comp is great.
22 Nov 2009 12:33AM
Nicely composed shot of a beautiful bird. Well done!
wideangler 10 8 Wales
5 Dec 2009 7:06PM
Ron

That is beautiful!

Neil
Ron

This is nice
georg 14 4 South Africa
12 Dec 2009 7:03AM
I just love the area where you were. As a born Namibian just the mentioning of Kwando (Namibian side) makes me homesick! Great picture.
Georg
kilo363 10 3 Scotland
3 Jan 2010 7:40AM
excellent capture.

Thanks for your click/comment today
astyag 12 12
7 Jan 2010 12:54PM
Brilliant colours and tones presented here
Astyag
danbrann 15 640 17
7 Jan 2010 5:40PM
Tremendous Ron.
14 Feb 2010 12:36AM
Great shot mate. They are a beautiful little bird. A bit hard to get close to though.
25 Mar 2010 10:31AM
You have done a magnificent job! Glad you can share this beauty with us!
milky 16 Wales
11 Apr 2010 12:54AM
Great image nice and clear ---------Gary
VivienO 9 1 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2010 9:39PM
Just beautiful. Perfect compostition and dof to show the little bee eater.
Vivien
torres99 10 119 1 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2010 7:12AM
Cracking Image love the presentation and the colours.

Regards

Carl
brownsilent 12 7 2 United Kingdom
17 May 2010 9:23AM
Happy to make it 230! Super image, great little bird. Very nice composition, too.
Johanna
mrjt 13 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2010 9:40AM
This is a great picture, may I SUGGEST that cropping the weeds out and making the image bigger MAY bring the image out more, still a cracking shot lets see more. mrjt [jack]
12 Jun 2010 2:30PM
This is a fantastic shot such beautiful colours, well taken.
Dave
torres99 10 119 1 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2010 12:10AM
Cracking Image.

Regards

Carl
milky 16 Wales
3 Jul 2010 8:51AM
Great shot beautiful detail & colours--------Gary
VIKI 13 18 1 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2010 5:33PM
So sharp and clear. Love it Ron!
4 Sep 2010 4:04PM
Great shot.
PeterDSmith 11 13 46 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2010 4:25PM
After more than one hundred comments about this photograph, there remains just one more thing to say. I just wish I knew what it was.
rontear Plus
16 21 8 England
16 Sep 2010 10:11PM
Peter, it's a Little Bee Eater. Ron.
jeb2012 10 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2010 3:46PM
good shot sperb image
Bodiewil 12 46 Wales
4 Oct 2010 7:22PM
Beautiful capture
18 Oct 2010 7:05PM
Fabulous - and how fantastic to have had the opportunity to capture this beauty. Louise
30 Oct 2010 11:10PM
tip top captured singer.
wideangler 10 8 Wales
27 Nov 2010 11:45PM
Superb!
jackknottuk 10 21 England
15 Dec 2010 1:38AM
Great capture, well done

Jack
1 Jan 2011 7:12PM
A so great shot, gorgeous colors and details. The bokeh is creamy, very well done.


Happy New Year to You and Yours.

Dito
JackieB 9 18 3 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2011 8:12AM
Excellent capture...well done

Jackie
rontear Plus
16 21 8 England
16 Jan 2011 10:36AM
Thank you all, 251 !!!!!!! Ron.
19 Jan 2011 8:38AM
Hi this is an excellent shot.... a very colourful bird indeed.

samar mishra..
lesarnott 9 11 2 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2011 8:52AM
Stunning, nothing more I can say!
Les
It's a great pleasure to scroll so far down to leave a comment on a friends image Ron, this is wonderful, a great curving diagonal. You'd have nmade quite a snack for a croc.

Dougie
Alan_Coles 13 178 11 Wales
23 Mar 2011 7:15AM
Yep, years alter it seems I have come across this beautiful composition - excellent.
8 May 2011 11:19PM
WOW

Ron
lobski 8 2 1 Philippines
18 Jun 2011 6:34PM
Superb shot!

Fred Grin
Ayoob 8 Australia
26 Sep 2011 8:37AM
Wow...................An amazing capture ,great work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WinkWink
21 Oct 2011 3:22AM
amazing shot....
dannybeath 15 1 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2011 10:40AM
hello ron

nice beeater shot, complete ith great background and it looks like he is calling

im entering igpoty this year in 3 categories with some good stuff, so maybe......

sps is going ok, not much luck with club comps but ive done very well outside
the club with the same shots
for instance i got an HC in the BWPA with a cranefly and it got a 9 in the sps natural history comp last year
just one of many examples

have you had any of your pics in anything recently, wanderlust etc?

cheers

danny
DonMc 11 3 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2012 3:28PM
Hello Ron, I think this is an amazing shot of this little chap, I am assuming male cos good looking. Well birds are like that anyway
Regards Don
nice DOF and colour
fentiger 18 920 24 England
12 Jun 2012 11:14PM
A very fine piece of work.

Albert
PaulLiley 10 2 13 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2012 10:50PM
Superb capture. paul
Caitlin98 8 9 England
3 Jul 2012 7:52AM
Agree with all the above- I can't add more! Wink

Caitlin x