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Coracias garrulus (I)

Coracias garrulus (I)
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Copyright: Durzan Cirano (cirano) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma AF 50-500mm F4-6,3 APO EX DG HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-06 1:22
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Points: 34
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Kurdish name:Şînşînok

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 29–32 cm in length with a 52–58 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.[1]
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. 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.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Coraciiformes
Family: Coraciidae
Genus: Coracias
Species: C. garrulus
Binomial name
Coracias garrulus
Linnaeus, 1758

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Ciao Durzan, lovely couple of beautiful colorful birds, wonderful details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Durzan,
Great captured of these beautiful birds, lovely colours and nice sharpness details,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day,
Best Regards,

wonderful image. great background.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-06-06 2:35]

Hi Durzan,
Very nice composition with this beautiful Birds, TFS!

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  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2011-06-06 2:58]

Güzel tür, çift halinde çok iyi yakalamışsın emeğine sağlık dostum.
Çok selam..

Ciao Durzan. Interesting dynamic sutuation MF! very good contrast and excellent colours. Very good details details too.


Very special and excellent capture of this bird!
Wonderful and absoluted lovely picture

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-06-06 7:12]

Hello Durzan.
Fantastic sharpness and beautiful colors of this couple Roller.Great POV and composition.
Best regards Siggi

Very nice photo of these two birds, excellent point of view and good details. regards yiannis

great captured birds photography, nice colour and composition.

Hi Durzan,
amazing colours of these birds. Nice low point of view. Very nice composition.
Have a nice week,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-06-06 8:29]

Hi Durzan,i never seen these birds,how are nice so colorfull! And your pic is the best way to discover this specie,excellent quality and very nice point of view too.Thanks for share,have a nice week,Luciano.

Hi Durzan,

Fabulous pair of European Rollers, good exposure with lovely natural colours, nice highlighted eye and strong composition, great stuff and well done,
Best Regards,


Hello Durzan,
What a superb composition with a splendid species of birds.
The clarity and the focus are perfect.
Thanks for sharing this amazing species.

Hello Durzan
This image is very beautiful, the two birds are perfect sharp, very fine composition with the blue sky as BG, I love the pose of this couple of rollers, lovely color tones
Have a good night

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-07 0:52]

Hello Dûrzan,
Excellent photo of this couple in beautiful natural colours and good sharpness and details. Fine composition and blurred BG.

Bonjour Durzan,
Agréable valorisation des sujets dans une belle lumière qui fait resplendir les couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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