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Blue-bellied Roller

Blue-bellied Roller
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/50 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-09-14 6:25
Viewed: 4024
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Blue-bellied Roller I saw in the birdpark Walsrode and in de wild in Senegal. This is the photo from the birdpark ; in the workshop the photo taken in the wild. I personally prefer this one because of the sharpness and details.

The Blue-bellied Roller, Coracias cyanogaster is a member of the roller family of birds which breeds across Africa in a narrow belt from Senegal to northeast Zaire. It is resident, apart from some local seasonal movements, in mature moist savannah dominated by Isoberlinia trees.

The Blue-bellied Roller is a large bird, nearly the size of a Jackdaw at 28-30 cm. It has a dark green back, white head, neck and breast, with the rest of the plumage mainly blue. Adults have 6cm tail streamers. Sexes are similar, but the juvenile is a drabber version of the adult.

Blue-bellied Roller is striking in its strong direct flight, with the brilliant blues of the wings contrasting with the dark back and white head, and the tail streamers trailing behind.

This is a common bird of warm open country with some trees. These rollers often perch prominently on trees, posts or overhead wires, like giant shrikes, whilst watching for the grasshoppers and other large insects on which they feed.

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 a hole in a tree cavity.
The call of Blue-bellied Roller is a harsh clicking ga-ga-ga sound.

Widespread and common throughout its large range, the Blue-bellied Roller is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Source: Wikipedia

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An exceptionally crisp and clear portrait of a Roller, Peter.
I can't stop admiring the colours on it, especially that lovely blue on the plumage.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful capture.

Hello Peter,
Beautiful shot of this lovely colourful roller in a serious pose.
Details, colours and composition are splendid.
TFS and regards,

Hi Peter,
A lovely capture of this beautiful Blue-bellied Roller bird. Good composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Ciao Peter, splendid bird in nice pose on a lovely blurry BG, fantastic colors, fine details and superb sharpness. very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-09-14 7:37]

Hi Peter
What a beauty today!
Perfect sharp details and colors to this lovely Blue-bellied Roller!

Hello Peter.Great photo of this lovely bird. Light, details and composition are splendid.
Best regards

Hallo Peter,

een mooie foto van deze Roller.
Goede scherpte en detailering met prachtige kleuren.


hallo Peter
bedankt voor je berichtje
deze vogel staat er wel erg scherp op ,super mooie kleuren en veel details
great shot
groetjes lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-09-14 9:11]

Hi Peter,how i like this perfection of this cobalt blue!Impressive perfection,great sharpness and composition..i never seen this bird,it's a great surprise for me.Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO.

Ciao Peter. Faboulouse colours and perfect focused eye. Very good light MF. Best compliments!


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-09-14 10:57]

Hi Peter,
Splendid photo of this Blue-bellied Roller, Coracias cyanogaster, great colors and details, TFS!

Hola Peter

Que bella composición de esta ave con esos tonos azules fantasticos, muy agradable la imagen, perfecta nitidez en todo sun contenido.

Un saludo de Antonio

Hi Peter,

Awesome portrait of a real beauty MF! Excellent sharpness and DOF, the details in the plumage are nicely captured and the background is well-blurred.
TFS and have a nice night!


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-09-14 12:42]

Hi Peter. Its also nice to see one of your bird pictures again. Blue-bellied Roller is a bird i have never seen before so thanks for posting this fine picture..It has beautiful blue feather markings. Which you have taken with sharp focusing. and intersting notes. TFS.

I've seen and captured the Indian Roller, but this is stunning!
A first for me, Peter! THe shot is crisp and sharp!
Very well done!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-09-15 0:00]

Hi Peter.
You have pictured a wonderful species with superb quality of the image. I like magnification level, applied framing, tiny details of the bird, nice colour rendition and perfect DOF. Sharpness of the main character and blurriness of the BG are excellent. Perfect job and kind regards.

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2010-09-15 3:50]

Beautiful bird indeed. Although I'd definitely prefer the other one which was photographed in its own habitat. Still nice to see this much details. Thanks for sharing Peter.

Wow Peter! This is amazing shot of the roller. In my part of the world we could see the Indian roller. Pretty similar to this one, but the blue colour is very different. This is very nice capture! Very well done!


Hallo Peter
Everything in this image is just great. The colours are wonderful, the details greatly displayed, the background pretty and the composition tops. It is indeed a bird with lots of attraction to it. A top quality photograph. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Peter,
another great picture, sharp details and colors fantastic. A nice image. Tanks for sharing. Greetings, Paolo

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  • Aleks Silver Star Critiquer [C: 31 W: 0 N: 14] (14)
  • [2010-09-15 14:07]

Hi Peter,
Incredible sharpness and colours. For some reason I spent more time that usual watching this image.



Hello Peter,
A very beautiful colored birds taken with great sharp details, excellent POV and composition. Well done!

Impresinante nitidez y gran belleza del conjunto.
Un abrazo Peter: Josep Ignasi.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-09-16 15:29]

Hi Peter,

A marvelous capture of this gorgeous Blue=bellied Roller. His colors are amazing - I have never seen royal blue feathers like these. Magnificent details of his face, eye and feathers. I love the pose on the branch and the way he stands out from the background.


Hello Peter
roller are very beautiful birds and this one is exceptionnal, the colors of his plumage are splendid, wonderful sharpness, nice pose and lovely composition
Have a good night

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-09-16 22:09]

Hello Peter,
Though I like your image taken in the wild, I understand why you chose the bird park one of the Blue-bellied Roller. The details are well seen with fine sharpness and colours of this beautiful roller species that I saw in Gambia but only at a distance.
Thanks and have good weekend,

hello Peter
I have seen only C. garrulus from the genus Coracias in nature. Blue-bellied Roller is a very beautiful bird. I'd like to see it in nature too.
you are lucky. and you send a great shot of this pretty bird. sharp focus, POV, coloration and exposure great. nicely composed and presented. thanks for sharing. well done.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-09-17 5:14]

Dear Peter,
It's interesting to see both shots of this spectacular bird, one in captivity and one in the wild. They are taken from different points of view and allow us well to see this bird from different sides. I also prefer this one because it shows so well the magnificent plumage of the Roller.
Thanks too to have helped me with the ID of the Tit
Kind regards

Hallo Peter,
another fantastic portrait, marvellous colours and very good sharpness, i like very much this POV and wonderful composition with a special eye contact.
Have a good Sundasy
Ciao Maurizio

hello peter!
this is a very fine bird and you
show it in a very nice way!
good work!

Hello Peter

Great close-up shot of the Blue-bellied Roller
(the one in the WS also is beautiful), with fine POV
and framing, beautiful light, great focus,
sharpness and details, TFS


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