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Blue-bellied Roller

Blue-bellied Roller
Photo Information
Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), 70-200f2.8L IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-22 10:39
Viewed: 2991
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
(Identifiction in progress...
Any help would be greatly appreciated...:-)
It has a vivid bluish colour in the plumage)

Update wiki...
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.

Shot taken in Safaripark Beekse Bergen...

50% crop
handheld with IS on...

Camera Model
Shooting Date/Time
13/05/2007 13:43:04
Shooting Mode
Aperture-Priority AE
Tv( Shutter Speed )
Av( Aperture Value )
Metering Mode
Evaluative Metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
98.0 - 280.0mm
Focal Length

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Hi Annick
This bird belong to the Roller family. I think this is Blue Bellied Roller. Nice details on this one.

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-05-22 11:22]

Hi Annick,
Amazing shot. Great sharpness and details.good POV.
TFS, Smitha.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-05-22 11:52]

Hi Annick

Lovely POV and sharp focus - a great shot.


Hello Annick!
What a sharpness and details! Fantastic! Great POV and DoF!
Very good work my Friend!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-05-22 12:53]

Hi Annick,

What a beautiful face this Roller has. As in all of your shots magnificent colors, texture , detail and Background. Lovely!


Hello Annick
Excellent portrait of this Blue-bellied Roller, Great details and BG,
Fantastic colors and DOF, Superb shot.


Ha Annick,

Prachtig portret

TFS Thijs

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-05-22 13:15]

Hi Annick,
Very nice portrait of this beautiful bird.
The focus, sharpness and details are amazing.
How did you get so close?
Gr. Paula

It is a superb bird Annick! You caught excellent details in a nice composition with great exposure. There is a landscape in its eye ;) Well done!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-05-22 14:41]

Hello Annick,
Fantastic sharp photo with great details. Composition, BG and POV are evenso great.
TFS, Peter

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-05-22 22:27]

Hello Annick,
I have missed so many of your great shots in my absence, this one is a fantastic close up with amazing details.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-05-23 1:11]

Wow, Annick, can you get any closer?
Amazing sharpness. I can see every feather by itself.
Excellent exposure yields soft and natural colors.
I can see you in his eye. : )
TFS. : )

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-05-23 1:39]

Hello Annick,
You made a very nice portrait for this cute bird. The color of plumage is beautiful. We see you in reflection in the eye ;-)
The "+++" : composition, subject, point of view, sharpness, details in feathers, DOF, smooth background, colors, exposure...
The "-" : nothing...
Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

Hi Annick,
I certainly do not know the species and the portrait photo, good as it is, do not really show enough of the bird to identify it from books.
Good picture with good sharpness, composition and feathering detail. Good catchlight with possibly your reflection in it.
Well done. TFS,

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-05-23 7:12]

Hi Annick,
wow this Roller fills this frame beautifully. Very nice angle and great POV it does add a lot of dimension to this photo. Very sharp details and the colors are gorgeous.

Hello Annick,

This is an excellent close-up showing a beautiful portrait of an astonishing quality! You must have been pretty close to capture such great details!


The composition is perfect to draw attention to the eye and the square format is very appropriate! I like the way you distributed the empty space around the subject. You offer us a POV we rarely see in reality. The eye contact is excellent! I can even see you taking the picture in the reflections in the eye! The OOF background is excellent for isolating the subject as it doesn't contain distracting objects! Very well done!


The colors look natural and sharpness is well adjusted! The green background suggests the bird's natural environment. I appreciate the lack of artificial objects in the background.


Very good contrast to define the tiny details. It is a positive thing to have the best contrast in the most important area of the picture and less contrast in the background.


You controlled the exposure with great skill! The details were perfectly rendered in both shadows and highlights! I wasn't able to spot any overexposed or underexposed areas in your picture.


Focus was achieved with precision on the roller's face! The relatively large aperture resulted in a nicely blurred background while the bird is in sharp focus. The details in the plumage are razor sharp and so are the features of the bird's face. There is a slight sharpness fall-off on the head and chest but it isn't distracting. I think you have very steady hands and a good IS to get this outstanding sharpness as the shutter speed was kind of slow for shooting handheld with a 200 mm focal length. The results are breathtaking! Great job!

Overall a wonderful portrait presented in a delicate square frame! The notes are also useful and well written! Excellent work! Thanks for sharing!

With Friendly Regards,

Magnfique gros plan tellement de détails.

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-05-23 15:15]

Hi Annick,
Beautiful portrait,
Amazing details on the eye,
Nice green background,

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2007-05-23 15:45]

Hi Annick,
Amazing shot. Great sharpness and details

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2007-05-24 12:46]

Hello Annick,

WOW!!! What an amazing close-up of this great bird!!

I'm impressed by the details on the feathers and by the compo you did here... The nice green bg compliments so well the animal and you managed excellently the exposition!!!!

WOnderful job and TFS!


Excellent work, Annick!
Details are great. I like colors!
Well done, TFS,

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