Green Bee-eater [Merops orientalis] photographed in Bhuleshwar

Green Bee-eater [Merops orientalis] photographed in Bhuleshwar

Green Bee-eaters [Scientifically called merops orientalis] are locally called Veda Raghu in Maharashtra state. They have named it right. If I'm not wrong, the meaning of Veda Raghu is Mad Bird. The bird sits at a place, then flies here-n-there, up-n-down, then sits back at the same place. It does this several times before changing the place of sitting. This act looks like madness. But there is a reason why this bird does this act. We cannot always see, but this bird with complete control over its flight, catches the insects flying in the air. So when the Green Bee-eater goes up-n-down, flies madly as if it doesn't know where it wants to go, it actually is following an insect. It's like watching a cheetah catch its prey.

Green Bee-eater [Merops orientalis] photographed in Bhuleshwar

Isn't finding such amazing information really awesome? Well, but if you see from an insect's point of view, the Green Bee-eater is a beast! Imagine a predator 10 storey high chasing you for its quick breakfast. Now that's terrible. But none-the-less, just because we are humans, let's enjoy the colorful bird that I managed to photograph in the beautiful surroundings of Bhuleshwar temple.

Green Bee-eater [Merops orientalis] photographed in Bhuleshwar

Green Bee-eater [Merops orientalis] photographed in Bhuleshwar

Green Bee-eater [Merops orientalis] photographed in Bhuleshwar

Green Bee-eater [Merops orientalis] photographed in Bhuleshwar

40 comments :

  1. You got such incredible pictures. He really is a beautiful bird.

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    1. Thank you Carmen! And yes, the Green Bee-eaters are stunningly beautiful; they are good to listen to too!

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  2. Absolutely great pictures-funny little bird!

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    1. Thank you Karen :)

      Green Bee-eaters are really funny. If you ever seem them in real, you'll be amazed by their seemingly mad behavior :)

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  3. Stunning!!!

    If you'd like to consider adding your link to these great bird photos at my Birding Blog Meme --- please do so. You'll find the link to my birding photo blog on my personal blog...on the sidebar. It'd be a great addition to this week.

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting my blog, and commenting here on this Green Bee-eater post. I have added a link to your meme as advised by you.

      Your photography is awesome. Finding so many birds and taking their neat photographs is not an easy task. So hats off to you :)

      I know that free suggestions are useless. But if you are not that person, I have a suggestion for you. If possible, please let the linky tool have photos of the link providers. It will make your posts more interesting and engaging. You may ignore this suggestion; I won't feel bad :)

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  4. Wonderful photos of this beautiful little bird!

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  5. we are learning a lot and at the same time,enjoying a beautiful artwork.

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  6. wonderful photos of a lovely bird!

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    1. I'm glad you like the photos Laura :)

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  7. I am amazed at the fine detail here - and beautiful colour! Thank you for contributing to Mandarin Orange Monday:)

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    1. I'm happy to read your note :)

      It's my pleasure submitting my blog posts to your Mandarin Orange Monday :)

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  8. Beautiful shot.. Good close-ups.

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  9. Wonders never cease in this unplumbed space. Things of great beauty lies in the subtlest of the subtlest. As Albert Einstein quoted long ago,'God does not play dice with the universe', every finer thing that our mind fails to see has a reason for its manifestation, though it does not lie within our understanding. Amazing shots.

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    1. Einstein was so wise with that too. And your expressions in words are no less :)

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  10. Amazing series of photos! What a beautiful bird.

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  11. This is the first time I have seen a bird like that; gorgeous. Visiting a little late from Mandarin Orange Monday.

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    1. You're not late at all :)

      I'm glad that you like the bird.

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  12. Wow, what a beautiful little bird... so colorful! Thank you for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #61!

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    1. Beautiful indeed! The Green Bee-eater is one of my favorites :)

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  13. Wonderful pictures of a great bird. I was lucky enough to see two species of Bee-eater this year!

    Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW - Stewart M - Melbourne

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    1. That's really a lucky experience!

      My pleasure linking to your WBW meme.

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  14. What a beautiful bird. Your photos of him are wonderful.

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  15. Amazing shots of the green bee eater! I am surprised by its red eye and long pointy beak.

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    1. That's really surprising, and adds to its beauty :)

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  16. Beautiful colours!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  17. Amazing photos! The green colours are beautiful

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  18. Awesome photos and a beautiful bird.

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  19. Beautiful images of an incredible looking bird!

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