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Indian Roller take-off

Indian Roller take-off
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Copyright: Satish Hanumantha Rao (satish_h) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 115 W: 0 N: 1261] (7630)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D-200, Sigma 100-300 f/4 EX HSM
Exposure: f/8, 1/350 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-27 12:58
Viewed: 3596
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Indian Roller also earlier locally incorrectly called the Blue Jay, (Coracias benghalensis) is a member of the roller family of birds which breeds in tropical southern Asia from Iraq to Thailand. It is a not migratory, but undertakes some seasonal movements.

The Indian Roller is a stocky bird, the size of a Jackdaw at 30-34cm. It has a warm brown back, lilac breast and face, and blue crown, wings, tail and belly. Sexes are similar, but the juvenile is a drabber version of the adult. The Southeast Asian race C. b. affinis has a green back and purple underparts, and is sometimes considered a separate species.

Indian Roller is striking in its strong direct flight, with the brilliant blues of the wings contrasting with the brown back.

As I have been telling the story of Mavathur lake, This one was photographed by all of us- Akshay, and goutham and myself. I tried flight pictures more, since i had Sitting pose. It is definetly not easy to take flight pictures and this just the begining. You are going to see some more of these in my next postings. Thanks for all your comments and encouragement.

simon182, jaycee, goutham_ramesh, cicindela, XOTAELE, timonejoon, pankajbajpai, gannu has marked this note useful
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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-03-27 13:06]

Hellos Satish,
Whow, whar a very special castch,
Great in colours and sharpness you van see the movement.

Oh Wow!

What a stunning capture! Perfect sharpness, the colours are brilliant, and the POV is awesome! Fantastic!


Ho Ho Ho,
Join the gang!! Great Picture, this position is superb and you have got an excellent shot.
Hoping to see more of these gems :-)
Goutham R

Hi Satish,

Great shot full of dynamic movement and vibrant colours. He is flying extremely low showing awesome skills!
I'm intrigued as to what settings you use on the D200 for in flight work, I have just tried a new technique and posted it alongside my pic from today have a look if you're interested.


you have caught the action so well and just at the right time it will be hard to improve on this shot.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-27 13:34]

Hi Satish,

Wonderful capture of a fascinating looking bird. His colors are magnificent and you have shown all of his details. Looks great against the natural BG.


Hello Satish!
Very colourful picture taken in great moment :) I really like the very mobile pose of this individual. DOF is also very good.
Best greetings,

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-03-27 14:25]

Hello Satishji,
When I saw Gautham's picture, I thought " WOW", now seeing yours i say WOW Great!. I think your image shows the elegance of its flight, and Ramesh has brought out the beauty of its wings and Akshay has done a good job of presenting the perching bird. Looking forward to more pictures,

great pic, I did not like the frame, the bird is nice unough without it, greetings, Ori

Hi Satish

Wow, you took it at perfect time. very intresting. nice shot with great details. The blue color is amazing.
well done


Genial esta imagen.
El color es fantástico, con magníficos detalles y presentación estupenda.
Enhorabuena por tan buen trabajo.
Saludos, JL.

hi satish,
the total series of the indian roller is lovely. You and your frinds have taken full advantage of this opportunity. This shot is a lovely shot & the taking off bird has been captured very well, nice point of view,lovely saturated colour tones, the shadow of the bird on earth looks nice, very nice composition, however i didnt like the framing here,
tfs & regards

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-03-28 12:34]

Satish Bhai
I like the color of the bird and its eyes while taking off. Also the background is great

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