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Basking Bee Eater by garion Basking Bee Eater by garion
A Blue-tailed bee eater (Merops philippinus), displays its beautiful plumage as it basks on a mud bank in the early morning sunlight.

Shot in the paddy fields of southern Peninsular Malaysia.

Full view for better details. (p.s. experimenting with 800 pixel width now as a standard for web size, lemme know what you think!)
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Vanzkie Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Student
I've seen two of these in front of my house on my way home XD. Nice
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HeavyArtilleryBot Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
my favorite c:
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MonsterBrand Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009  Professional Photographer
I've featured this in my journal :)
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garion Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :)
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MonsterBrand Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Professional Photographer
my pleasure :handshake:
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songgryphon Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! What a photograph! A beautiful composition! :wow:

Would you mind if I used this as reference for an ACEO drawing of my current Fairy Warrior series? :please:
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Helens-Serendipity Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful colours & nice shot :D
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garion Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! Glad you like it! :)
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WinDrift Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Hobbyist
A lovely shot!
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garion Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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WinDrift Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008  Hobbyist
most welcome!
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meihua Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008
beautiful! 800 wide is a good size :)
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garion Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the comments! :aww:
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Demarah Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008
Gorgeous photo! I've never seen a bird like that before... it's lovely. :)
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garion Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :)
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grugster Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008
I feature this wonderful work in my journal. [link]
Hope that is okay with you. If you don't want it there please inform me and I will remove it immediately. Bye Sunny
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garion Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much for the feature Sandra! :hug: I'm not worthy, really! ^^;
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Cillana Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous!

Size is good. :thumbsup:
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garion Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! And thanks for the comment on the size! Its really helpful. =D
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gumbyvancity Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
great shot...
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garion Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
wow, such an exotic looking bird (to me in southern California) to be out in the wild! Great capture :clap:
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garion Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!! I think these birds can't be found in America, different species of bee eaters can be found in Europe, Africa and Asia though. :)
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008
The variety of plumage in birds is facinating! My landscape is basically brown grasses and oak trees so the animals tend to match that for chamoflage...to see this brilliant blue and green out in a field or in the forest must be amazing!
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garion Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes it is an amazing colored bird....they tend to perch pretty high though...so I was surprised to see one on the ground!

The variety of plumage and patterns is what makes birds so fascinating to observe and photograph. =D

Thanks for the comments! :)
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008
I had to go and see where you are again, after seeing your spidercatcher...you are very lucky to have so many wonderful creatures!
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garion Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for your kind remarks. :) The spiderhunter was actually shot in neighboring Malaysia, which has a great variety of bird species. I am staying in Singapore btw.
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Ornigazmicus Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
Looks great! The smaller size doesn't detract form the clarity at all. Bee-eaters are awesome... :D Mmmm... the colors are so nice. :giggles:
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garion Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! Yeah I really love the colors...they are such gorgeous looking birds. :) And the way they catch insects in mid-air is marvellous!
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