Green Bee-eater

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Green Bee-Eater (Merops oriental)

A bird fast enough to drop to the ground to capture bees, insects in flight is the Green Bee-Eater. Mostly found in the grasslands of Africa, Asia they tend to stay away from water bodies. ”Shuichora” or “banshpati” is what they are referred to as in Bengali.

 

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Green Bee-eater shot at central park , salt lake, west bengal | 2015

Where could you find them in Kolkata?

Despite shrinking wetlands, surplus population, the Green Bee-Eater is still visible aplenty in the city. To name a few such places – Central Park, Rabindra Sarobar, Santragachi Jheel and Indian Botanical Garden are hotspot location when it comes to birding.

When should you photograph a Green Bee-Eater?

Early morning and afternoon are great for photographing the species. You must carry a binocular and a camera to capture the movements of the bird. Try to spot the bird by figuring out their distinctive calls. Green Bee-Eater isn’t a shy bird.Thus, it turns out be approachable, allowing to get close enough until they sense any danger. Since the bird comes down at regular intervals to catch its prey so even if one misses out the first chance there is always a second or a third opportunity to get an eye level shot of the bird.

Photographing the Green Bee-Eater, characteristics, breeding and the necessary details:

A richly vibrant, slender species of 9 inches with 2 inches elongated central tail is what the Green Bee-Eater appears to be. The male and female are not visibly distinguishable. The entire plumage is bright green along with blue tinges on the chin and throat. The crown and upper back have tinges of golden rufuos.South East Asian Green Bee-Eater possess rufous crown and face with green under parts.

The breeding season is from March to June. Unlike many bee-eaters, these are often solitary nesters, making a tunnel in a sandy bank.

Green Bee-Eater call: liquid triii-triii

During the winter mornings of January I captured my first very photograph of the Green Bee-Eater. This feat was possible due to utmost patience and planning. You must wait for the bird to come down to capture its prey as it happens to the best time to shoot the bird. I was successful in my second attempt to click a picture of the bird.Thus, don’t be disheartened if you fail in your first few attempts.

 

 

tips

  • They are easy to identify from their distinctive central tail feather.
  • They are easy to approach

 

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