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Indian roller preying

Indian roller preying
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Copyright: Akshay Harith (S_Akshay) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 31 W: 14 N: 130] (729)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon DSLR D200, Sigma APO 100-300 f/4 EX IF HSM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-29 8:43
Viewed: 2911
Points: 14
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Hello every one,

this is another picture of the Indian Roller shot at Hesarghatta Lake which is about 60 kms from the city.But this time I am showing you how does it prey on insects through this picture.This was shot around 10:00 (approximate time).I used Sigma 1.4X Tele converter to get this .

Scientific calssification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Coraciiformes

Family: Coraciidae

Genus: Coracias

Species: C. benghalensis

Binomial name
Coracias benghalensis

The Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis), was formerly locally called the Blue Jay. It is a member of the roller family of birds which breeds in tropical southern Asia from Iraq to Thailand. It is 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.

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 large insects, lizards and frogs that they eat. They will follow tractors for disturbed invertebrates, and dash into the smoke of a forest fire on a similar mission. They are fearless and will dive and roll at humans and other intruders.

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 lined hole in a tree or building, and lays about 3-5 eggs.

The call of Indian Roller is a harsh crow-like chack sound. Also makes a variety of other sounds including a metallic boink calls. Especially vociferous during the breeding season.

Indian roller has been given the status of state bird from Indian states of Karnataka, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-02-29 9:11]

hi Akshay,
the picture is superb.It is very sharp and the details are very good.the composition is very good.


That bird has some intense plumage! Quite a difference from what I am used to. TFS.


Hi akshay
Brilliant capture,perfect sharp image and colours.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-01 3:28]

Hi Ashkay,
what a stunning pair of images!
Both the poses are superb!
Beautiful colours and great lighting to show them off.
Remarkably sharp for an in-flight shot at 1/125!
Good to see someone else close to my age here and it's great to see you're back :-)
Thanks for sharing this,


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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-03-01 12:19]

Hello Akshay,
Lovely composition!
Beautiful colors of the bird!

Hi akshu,

nice pics...the colors are awesome...keep cliking such nice pics


Hi Akshay

Glorious colours!



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