I photographed this Little Bee-Eater at the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game-Reserve during my trip last May to South Africa. I processed this photograph a few months ago and I decided not to post it. I was going through my remaining photos from the trip and I decided it was worthy of posting. So, here is another high-key processed photograph from my trip.
The Little Bee-Eater (Merops pusillus) is resident in much of sub-Saharan Africa. This is an abundant species. They have been estimated to be between 60-80 million of them. Just as the name suggests, Bee-Eaters predominantly eat insects, especially bees, wasps and hornets, 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. These birds roost communally, lined up on a tree branch. There was actually a female sitting on the branch next to the male when I first spotted them. He had just killed a moth and brought it to her to eat.
This image was taken with my Canon EOS 5DS using my Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II Lens set on 371mm. The camera was set on Aperture Priority mode with the aperture set at f/8, shutter speed at 1/400th of a second and the ISO set at 500. This was a single image processed in Lightroom and completed in Photoshop using Nik Color Efex Pro.
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