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Coracias abyssinicus

Coracias abyssinicus
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-03-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -5- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2016-04-06 1:33
Viewed: 2236
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken from a long distance by car,no tripod.

Class: Aves
Order: Coraciiformes
Family: Coraciidae
Genus: Coracias
Specie: C. abyssinicus

The Abyssinian roller (Coracias abyssinicus) is a member of the roller family of birds which breeds across tropical Africa in a belt south of the Sahara, known as the Sahel. It is resident in the southern part of its range, but northern breeding populations are short-distance migrants, moving further south after the wet season.
The Abyssinian roller is a large bird, nearly the size of a jackdaw at 28–30 cm. It has a warm brown back, with the rest of the plumage mainly blue. Adults have long (12 cm) tail streamers. Sexes are similar, but the juvenile is a drabber version of the adult.
Abyssinian roller is striking in its strong direct flight, with the brilliant blues of the wings contrasting with the brown back and the long tail streamers trailing behind.
This is a common bird of warm open country with some trees, and has adapted to farmland and human habitation. These rollers often perch prominently on trees, posts or overhead wires, like giant shrikes, whilst watching for the large insects and small rodents on which they feed. They will dash into the smoke of a forest fire for disturbed invertebrates. They are fearless, and will dive and roll at humans and other intruders.
The display of this bird is a lapwing-like display, with the twists and turns that give this group its English name. It nests in a scantily lined hole in a tree or building, and lays 3-6 eggs.
The call of Abyssinian roller is a harsh crow-like gak sound, or a screeched aaaargh.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-04-06 2:56]

Hello Luciano,
Very beautiful photo of this Abyssinian Roller in excellent sharpness and splendid contrasting colors. Nice diagonal composition too.

ciao Luciano
Very beautiful model. I also seen it in Ghana. You nicely captured it. Focus, exposure and colors very nice. Thanks for sharing, my friend.
best wishes.

hallo Luciano
super good composition with beautiful colours and good details
thanks gr lou

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2016-04-06 7:42]

Hi Luciano,
Gorgeous bird,one of my favorite but i had no luck to meet him. Excellent sharpness details and amazing colors, beautiful contrast colored bird against the background.
Regards Jiri.

Very beautiful bird, Luciano.
The side view gives us a complete impression of its features and colours.

amazing perfect portrait, proud to be your neighbor, TFS Ori

Hi Luciano
What a colors! The background with its almost monochrome appearance highlight the bird very well.


Hello Luciano,
We are not such old that we need Tripod to capture Photograph! All of my KNP Photographs have been taken from Car and without Tripod too.
Beautiful colored Abyssinian Roller. Well captured if we look at its color and sharpness. But quality isn't great; may be due to your Camera or due to your PP work. Its tail looks odd, lost details and even no details 3/4 places; big gap. Might be you have tried manually used blur tool to get rid from unwanted digital noise and distracting branches and you used blur tool on it; or your camera wasn't able to get good details. Don't know; you know better. But still noise could be visible in the BG or edges of the bird/branches.
Thanks for showing such beautiful colored species with useful NOTE,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-04-06 16:45]

Hello Luciano,
What a gorgeous bird you have posted today. The bright colors are certainly an eye pleaser. You managed to captured wonderful detail despite the long distance. Reminds me somewhat of the Scissor-tailed Flycatchers I saw out in Arizona, except this bird is so much more colorful. Nicely framed!

Hello Luciano,
Lovely colorful specie indeed. Excellent details. As usual a perfect image with amazing details and focus. I like the contrast against the grey background. Superb composition with a lovely specie.

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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2016-04-07 10:33]

Ciao Luciano

What a beautiful bird and beautiful colors, nice blurring BG, nice POV very good DOF. The weak point is that the face of bird is close to the end of frame, it shoud be better to be a lit bit backwards. I understand the difficulties of shooting in the field.



Hello Luciano

WOW ! what a lovely photo of the Abyssinian roller, fine lateral POV,
great focus, sharpness, and details, great work with your camera from the car, TFS


Ciao Luciano, delizioso uccellino dai fantastici colori, ottima messa a fuoco, bella nitidezza e buoni dettagli, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2016-05-10 10:47]

Hola Lucuano, una bella especie que no veo comumnmente, me gusta el color, composición y detalles del ave...saludos...

Ciao Luciano,
Amazing picture, masterly done just like a professional.
Beautiful bird, never ever seen one bird so beautiful.
Great sharpness, very colorful, well done,

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