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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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ericfaragh Plus
14 147 4 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2006 12:54PM
Wonderful colours, lovely context.

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2 Sep 2006 12:54PM
Beautiful little bird, great shot.
culturedcanvas Plus
12 4.7k 59 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2006 12:56PM
excellent .. an quite sharp despite x2 convertor ... love this bird by the way !!
KBan Plus
12 501 4 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2006 1:11PM
wow what a sperb image
2 Sep 2006 1:18PM
a brilliant image,super detail

2 Sep 2006 2:00PM
Fabulous capture of a beautiful bird,
It's a cacking shot Ron.lovely detail,like it a lot
akh Plus
13 1.2k 5 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2006 3:20PM
Excellent use of focus - well taken.
Newtman Plus
11 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 Plus
11 358 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2006 4:23PM
very good capture,nice details
2 Sep 2006 4:48PM
What a lovely coloured bird.Nice shot
User_Removed Junior Member 11 51
2 Sep 2006 6:28PM
Great capture and composition.

lovely image,the composition and tones are super.
A brilliant shot and lovely colours.

Trish x
A wonderful shot, lovely colour & detail, happy to be your 30th

Keelo Plus
14 18 Australia
3 Sep 2006 7:44AM
Superb shot.
rontear Plus
14 8 8 England
17 Sep 2006 8:53PM
Thanks for the votes and critics, always enjoyable. Ron.
MickS Plus
13 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???
GeoffP Plus
12 130 Portugal
13 Nov 2006 8:16PM
My kind of shot - tells me a great deal about this species - excellent work IMHO.

andytvcams Plus
15 10.4k 1 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2006 9:26PM
The best Ive seen on this site.

you set a high standard.

Beautiful capture Ron, very well composed, Adrian
User_Removed 13 825 Lithuania
11 Dec 2006 5:47AM
they said it all before me!... well done!
11 Jan 2007 11:04AM
Absolutely perfect!
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
My ambition is to be able to produce stunningly gorgeous photography like this.


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

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

2 Oct 2007 6:52AM
Jusy lovely

Dave H
rontear Plus
14 8 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 Plus
12 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.

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 .
Excellent shot. Love everything about it.
FeatherFriend Plus
10 38 217 England
20 Feb 2008 10:14PM
Stunning shot, like everything about it.
ann_g Plus
13 19 United Kingdom
29 Feb 2008 8:10PM
Great shot
Ridgeway Plus
11 222 2 Ireland
30 Mar 2008 2:44AM
Beautiful shot,colour,dof,detail,
You can have tomorrow off,,
16 Apr 2008 5:49PM
rontear Plus
14 8 8 England
19 Apr 2008 12:05PM
Milestone ! Huge thank you to you all, incredible. Ron.
franfoto Plus
10 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.
ginz04 Plus
13 281 20 United Kingdom
8 May 2008 4:30PM
excellent capture.
12 May 2008 2:27PM
Great image,well spotted and captured..............

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
15 Jun 2008 10:31AM
Cracking image, superb composition and detail.
Great capture very well done.
18 Jun 2008 4:25PM
super bee eater portrait
9 143 Wales
18 Jun 2008 10:28PM
A cracker
Paddy Plus
15 254 8 England
19 Jun 2008 7:28AM
this is superb, what a beautiful picture, how lucky you are to see this .. SmileP
harrattp Plus
11 11 4 England
19 Jun 2008 4:44PM
Crikey after 120 votes there is not much else to be said. Stunning image.
pluckyfilly Plus
11 351 33 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2008 8:21AM

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

dwarf Plus
9 52 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2008 9:00PM
what can you say??? dorothy
Frank_Reid Plus
12 225 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 ...

7 Sep 2008 5:04PM
Whata beauty!! HDave :o)
dmhuynh72 Plus
10 44 3 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2008 9:10PM
excellent capture Ron.
old timer Plus
13 55 1 Scotland
11 Sep 2008 5:01PM
Just first class.
A Booth Plus
15 11 4 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2008 12:19PM
superb capture.
danbrann Plus
13 636 17
19 Sep 2008 8:22AM
Ron a tremendous image demonstrating the skill of the photographer.
9 25 4 England
23 Sep 2008 6:44PM
Truely a Super Capture, cracking picture. Burnsie
23 Sep 2008 7:23PM
Outstanding capture.
Lucky you. This is a fantastic shot
teocali Plus
9 441 18 England
10 Oct 2008 10:39PM
Totally exquisite in every respect
Gorgeous, well captured.
Top marks old chap
ugly Plus
9 9 57 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2008 8:26AM
Great shot.....

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?
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.
23 Nov 2008 9:00AM
absolutely wonderful !! my dream one day is to capture shots like this!! it probably won't happen though
OMG Plus
9 51 2 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2008 11:11PM
Fantastic shot with such super clarity and the long lens gives such great pof.
Richsr Plus
10 91 223 England
17 Dec 2008 6:52PM
Bit late to this one - like the details and tones you have captured.
Regards Richard.
KevSB Plus
13 1.5k 5 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2008 5:39PM
Wow! as above enough said
Take-a-View Plus
14 293 5 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2009 10:26PM
ToothPilot Plus
10 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.
Hazel Plus
11 1 United States
1 Feb 2009 5:18PM
Beautiful bird - lovely tones to this shot!
maryg Plus
9 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.
28 Feb 2009 11:11AM
just WOW
1 Mar 2009 9:12AM
absolutely brilliant
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 Plus
12 24 2 United States
4 Jul 2009 2:05AM
Excellent! Patti
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2009 3:53PM
a wonderful photograph
VERY well done
22 Jul 2009 6:01PM
wonderful shot
Super image...
21 Oct 2009 11:21PM
A lovely image it is, too.
rontear Plus
14 8 8 England
9 Nov 2009 10:49PM
200 ! A very big ! tank you all. Outstanding appreciation. Ron.
Rock Plus
15 10 2 England
11 Nov 2009 8:32AM
This shot deserves all the credit given !

Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 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
16 Nov 2009 2:59PM
Excellent image Ron
17 Nov 2009 2:13AM
Excellent image,comp is great.
22 Nov 2009 12:33AM
Nicely composed shot of a beautiful bird. Well done!

That is beautiful!


This is nice
georg Plus
13 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.
3 Jan 2010 7:40AM
excellent capture.

Thanks for your click/comment today
astyag Plus
10 12
7 Jan 2010 12:54PM
Brilliant colours and tones presented here
danbrann Plus
13 636 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.
You have done a magnificent job! Glad you can share this beauty with us!
11 Apr 2010 12:54AM
Great image nice and clear ---------Gary
15 Apr 2010 9:39PM
Just beautiful. Perfect compostition and dof to show the little bee eater.
torres99 Plus
8 119 1 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2010 7:12AM
Cracking Image love the presentation and the colours.


brownsilent 10 7 2 United Kingdom
17 May 2010 9:23AM
Happy to make it 230! Super image, great little bird. Very nice composition, too.
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]
This is a fantastic shot such beautiful colours, well taken.
torres99 Plus
8 119 1 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2010 12:10AM
Cracking Image.


3 Jul 2010 8:51AM
Great shot beautiful detail & colours--------Gary
11 18 1 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2010 5:33PM
So sharp and clear. Love it Ron!
Great shot.
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
14 8 8 England
16 Sep 2010 10:11PM
Peter, it's a Little Bee Eater. Ron.
good shot sperb image
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
tip top captured singer.
27 Nov 2010 11:45PM
15 Dec 2010 1:38AM
Great capture, well done

A so great shot, gorgeous colors and details. The bokeh is creamy, very well done.

Happy New Year to You and Yours.