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European Roller

European Roller
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Copyright: Natley Prinsloo (Mamagolo2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 1 N: 636] (3124)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-02-02
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-02-19 12:03
Viewed: 2619
Points: 26
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I found this European Roller on one of my early morning drives in the KNP. It was sprucing itself in the cool morning air, getting ready for the days activities.

Enjoy and comments are welcome.

The European Roller (Coracias garrulus) is the only member of the roller family of birds to breed in Europe. Its overall range extends into the Middle East and Central Asia and Morocco.

There are two subspecies: the nominate garrulus, which breeds from in north Africa from Morocco east to Tunisia, southwest and south-central Europe and Asia Minor east through northwest Iran to southwest Siberia; and semenowi, which breeds in Iraq and Iran (except northwest) east to Kashmir and north to Turkmenistan, south Kazakhstan and northwest China (west Xinjiang). The European Roller is a long-distance migrant, wintering in southern Africa in two distinct regions, from Senegal east to Cameroon and from Ethiopia west to Congo and south to South Africa.
It is a bird of warm, dry, open country with scattered trees, preferring lowland open countryside with patches of oak Quercus forest, mature pine Pinus woodland with heathery clearings, orchards, mixed farmland, river valleys, and plains with scattered thorny or leafy trees. It winters primarily in dry wooded savanna and bushy plains, where it typically nests in tree holes.

The European Roller is a stocky bird, the size of a Jackdaw at 2932 cm in length with a 5258 cm wingspan; it is mainly blue with an orange-brown back. Rollers often perch prominently on trees, posts or overhead wires, like giant shrikes, whilst watching for the large insects, small reptiles, rodents and frogs that they eat.
This species is striking in its strong direct flight, with the brilliant blue contrasting with black flight feathers. Sexes are similar, but the juvenile is a drabber version of the adult.
The display of this bird is a lapwing-like display, with the twists and turns that give this species its English name. It nests in an unlined tree or cliff hole, and lays up to six eggs.
The call is a harsh crow-like sound. It gives a raucous series of calls when nervous.
Some populations migrate to Africa through India. A collision with an aircraft over the Arabian Sea has been recorded.

The European Roller has a large global population, including an estimated 100,000-220,000 individuals in Europe. However, following a moderate decline during 1970-1990, the species has continued to decline especially in Europe, with overall European exceeding 30% in three generations (15 years). In Estonia the 50-100 pairs in 1998 have reduced to no known breeding pairs in 2004; in Latvia and Lithuania populations have decreased from several thousand of pairs in the 1970s to under 30 pairs in 2004. In Russia it has disappeared from the northern part of its range. However, there is no evidence of any declines in Central Asia. The declines in the European population has resulted in its Red List status being upgraded from Least Concern to Near Threatened in 2005 and another up listing being expected. Threats include persecution on migration in some Mediterranean countries and hundreds, perhaps thousands, are shot for food in Oman every spring. Use of pesticides reduces food availability, and the species is sensitive to changing farming and forestry practices.

Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-02-19 12:23]

H Natley,a very lucky meeting and the best light too,the result is a fantastic capture whit bright details and magnificent colors,great contrast whit the blue sky,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Natley,

It's an original point of view for this beautiful roller. It gives us a good composition.
Colors and light are beautiful.
Tfs, Philippe

Hi Natley,
wonderful pic of this colourful Roller - tender colours tones - very nice.

hello Natley
very good composition with great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hi Nately,

A good shot of this bird which looks as if its rather cold with its ruffled feathers.
Great detail and colours from a nice pov against a nice natural bg.
TFS regards Bill.

Hello Natley,
a great picture of European Roller. fantastic colour and great PoV.
nice blue BG enrich the picture.
best wishes,

Hello Natley,
I am impressed by the magnificent sharpness and details of this image. The composition is wonderful. Very nice colors and outstanding clarity. It is a superb capture. This birds have very nice colors. Exceptional sharp details as usual. Rarely found in summer 01.o6. - 30.08. in my country.

Hi Prinsloo
A brilliant shot with very good composition

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-02-20 11:23]

hello Natley,
Very nice to have such a colorful bird on your way...I would be very happy about it too. Interesting to see this beautiful palette of plumage-colours. Sharpness might be a little bit just, but all in all a very pleasnt picture. Thanks!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-02-21 0:01]

Hello Mama
such a lively capture of this bird. vefy lovely presented colors with feathures well seen.
Such a pretty bird and it is so cute to bee seen in perfect clarity


Hi Natley
Wonderful capture of this beautiful European Roller with great light. Super pose with good eye contact from a good POV.
Thanks for sharing
Best regards

Hi Natley,
A very good shot of the European Roller in the early morning light. Sharp detail and beautiful colours taken from a nice POV. I like the eye contact. Excellent work and thanks for sharing.
Best regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-03-04 11:30]

Hello Natley,
I've missed this beauty while I was on holiday.
Very beautiful photo of this European Roller in splendid light and colours. Impressive sharpness, details and composition.

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