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Lilac breasted roller

Lilac breasted roller
Photo Information
Copyright: Peter Thomas (FunkyMunky) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 0 N: 608] (3154)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 450D, Sigma 170-500mm APO
Exposure: f/11, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-27 19:35
Viewed: 2870
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On our recent visit to Kruger National Park I managed to get this photo of the roller tossing a grasshopper he had caught in the air so that he could align it properly to be able to swallow it.
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Hi Peter,
Great timing on this wonderful bird. The bird, nice trees and big blue sky make a great image. Great focus and colors of the bird. Nicely done.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2011-04-27 20:27]

Fantastic timing, Peter!
What a great action shot!
Great POV, beautiful colors, clean presentation against the blue sky.
TFS. : )

fantastic capture, bravo, TFS Ori

Truly one of the greatest images of a Lilac breasted roller I have ever seen Peter! Believe me ... you can be really proud with that capture my friend! Bravo!
George Veltchev

Hello Peter,
Excellent capture! what a great timing, sharpness details and colours are fantastic!
Thanks for sharing,

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2011-04-28 0:23]

Hi Peter , Wow ! awesome photo , great action and timeing , I think the best bird feeding photo I have seen , great work ! TFS & regards

great timing, very sharp details, nice colors, excellent clear BG,
rgds, nikos.

Absolutely beautiful. What fantastic colours and action! A pleasure to view.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-04-28 1:51]

Hi Peter,
Nice timing, nice photo!
Very good sharpness and fantastic colours and composition.
Best wishes,

what a timing!nice capture with optimum sharpness. good colour also.

Hi Peter
absolutely brilliant, perfect timing
there is a tiny little bit of noise in the image
I see you are using ISO 800 with f:11, my personal choice would have been f:8 with ISO speed 400, shutter speed of 1/800 in any case perfect for action scenes.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-04-28 3:40]

Hello Peter,
With superb timing and fine sharpness and natural colours this is a great capture of the Lilac-breasted Roller tossing his grasshopper prey.
The POV against the clear sky accentuates the scene well.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hi Peter,

the image is very bright, maybe the colours -however excellent- are a bit affected by this, but the timing is really exceptional.Focusing and composition are perfect, all the attention on this image is captured by the watchful and focused bird's eye.Truly noteworthy!



Hi Peter,

What a spectacular action shot Peter, awesome timing to catch this moment,
Fabulous colours with so much definition and sharpness, lovely POV and congratulations on a superb picture,
Best Regards,


Bonjour Peter,
Très belle scène de la vie sauvage bien restituée et bien valorisée dans une belle lumière et sous une excellente profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Peter!
What a timing, my dear "F" ! Unbelievable !This shot is amazing! Great colors and sharpness.Excellent control of lightness.In a word:
GORGEOUS! Many congrats and many Thanks fro sahring!
best wishes from,

Hi Peter,
what an excellent capture! Great situation, amazing natural colours and perfect composition. Very good point of view.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-04-28 13:37]

Hello Peter,
Excellent photo of this Roller in a beautiful pose. Colours and sharpness are marvelous. Great POV, DOF, composition and BG.Best regards Siggi

Hi Peter,

What a beautiful bird & you've captured it excellently.
The timing is perfect to capture the toss. The eye contact & the sharpness is very good.
Well done & TFS.


Very special and excellent capture of this bird

Good evening Peter
What a fantastic shot You did here..
Great POV and composition.Impressive timing and sharpness, and so beautiful colors.Sharp and clear picture.Congratulations!
Have a nice weekend.
Best regards

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