21 mai 2017

Bee-eater (Prigorie / Meropidae)

Bee-eater (Prigorie / Meropidae)

The bee-eaters are a group of near-passerine birds in the family Meropidae containing three genera and 27 species.

They are characterised by richly coloured plumage, slender bodies, and usually elongated central tail feathers. All have long down-turned bills and medium to long wings, which may be pointed or round. Male and female plumages are usually similar.

As their name suggests, bee-eaters predominantly eat flying insects, especially bees and wasps, which are caught in the air by flights from an open perch. The stinger is removed by repeatedly hitting and rubbing the insect on a hard surface. During this process, pressure is applied to the insect, thereby extracting most of the venom. More ...








Equipment used:


  • Canon 7D Mark II
  • Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

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15 mai 2017

24 aprilie 2017

23 aprilie 2017

Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis // Sticlete)

Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis // Sticlete)

Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), is a small passerine bird in the finch family that is native to Europe, North Africa and western Asia. It has been introduced to other areas including Australia, New Zealand and Uruguay.

Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis // Sticlete), seen at Comana, Romania

The goldfinch has a red face and a black-and-white head. The back and flanks are buff or chestnut brown. The black wings have a broad yellow bar. The tail is black and the rump is white. The female is very similar to the male but has a slightly smaller red area on the face. More ...

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22 aprilie 2017

White wagtail (Motacilla alba // Codobatura alba)

White wagtail (Motacilla alba // Codobatura alba)

White wagtail (Motacilla alba // Codobatura alba), at Comana, Romania
White wagtail (Motacilla alba // Codobatura alba), at Comana, Romania
White wagtail (Motacilla alba // Codobatura alba)
White wagtail (Motacilla alba // Codobatura alba), at Comana, Romania
The white wagtail (Motacilla alba) is a small passerine bird in the wagtail family Motacillidae, which also includes the pipits and longclaws. This species breeds in much of Europe and Asia and parts of north Africa. It is resident in the mildest parts of its range, but otherwise migrates to Africa. It has a toehold in Alaska as a scarce breeder.

The white wagtail is an insectivorous bird of open country, often near habitation and water. It prefers bare areas for feeding, where it can see and pursue its prey. In urban areas it has adapted to foraging on paved areas such as car parks. It nests in crevices in stone walls and similar natural and man-made structures. More...

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18 aprilie 2017

Yellow wagtail (Motacilla flava // Codobatura galbena)

Yellow wagtail (Motacilla flava // Codobatura galbena)

The western yellow wagtail (Motacilla flava // Codobatura galbena) is a small passerine in the wagtail family Motacillidae, which also includes the pipits and longclaws.

It is a slender 15–16 cm long bird, with the characteristic long, constantly wagging tail of its genus. It is the shortest tailed of the European wagtails. The breeding adult male is basically olive above and yellow below. In other plumages, the yellow may be diluted by white. The heads of breeding males come in a variety of colours and patterns depending on subspecies.

The call is a characteristic high-pitched jeet.

This insectivorous bird inhabits open country near water, such as wet meadows. It nests in tussocks, laying 4-8 speckled eggs.

Equipment Used:

- Canon EF 300mm f/2.8-5.6L IS I USM
- Canon Extender EF 1.4X III
- Canon 7D Mark II
Yellow wagtail (Motacilla flava // Codobatura galbena)
Yellow wagtail (Motacilla flava // Codobatura galbena)
Yellow wagtail (Motacilla flava // Codobatura galbena)
Yellow wagtail (Motacilla flava // Codobatura galbena)


Yellow wagtail (Motacilla flava // Codobatura galbena)
Yellow wagtail (Motacilla flava // Codobatura galbena)

Yellow wagtail (Motacilla flava // Codobatura galbena)
Yellow wagtail (Motacilla flava // Codobatura galbena)
More pictures with Yellow wagtail, taken with different equipment: Yellow wagtail (Codobatura galbena, Motacilla flava)

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16 aprilie 2017

Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus / Pitulice fluieratoare)

Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus / Pitulice fluieratoare)

Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus / Pitulice fluieratoare)
Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus / Pitulice fluieratoare) seen in Dobrogea
Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus / Pitulice fluieratoare) is a bird of open woodlands with trees and ground cover for nesting, including most importantly birch, alder, and willow habitats. The nest is usually built in close contact with the ground, often in low vegetation. Like most Old World warblers (Sylviidae), this small passerine is insectivorous. More..,

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