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Lilac-breasted Roller

Lilac-breasted Roller
Photo Information
Copyright: George Veltchev (mwmod99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-10-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon EF 300\4L IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/3000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-11-05 10:07
Viewed: 2779
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus) is a member of the roller family of birds. It is widely distributed in sub-Saharan Africa and the southern Arabian Peninsula, preferring open woodland and savanna; it is largely absent from treeless places. Usually found alone or in pairs, it perches conspicuously at the tops of trees, poles or other high vantage points from where it can spot insects, lizards, scorpions, snails, small birds and rodents moving about at ground level.
Nesting takes place in a natural hole in a tree where a clutch of 24 eggs is laid, and incubated by both parents, who are extremely aggressive in defence of their nest, taking on raptors and other birds. During the breeding season the male will rise to great heights, descending in swoops and dives, while uttering harsh, discordant cries. The sexes are alike in coloration. Juveniles do not have the long tail feathers that adults do. It is also the national bird of Botswana.

Image taken in RAW, ISO800

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Hi George,
excellent photo, full of dynamism. Perfect sharpness and details. Very good presentation.
Thanks for sharing,

Dear friend George
Excellent photo, beautiful first floor, sharpness and fantastic colors!
congratulations and thanks for sharing
good week
hello Vanni

Hello George

Great close-up take-off flight of the Lilac-breasted Roller,
superb focus, sharpness and details, very beautiful
light and background bokeh, TFS


  • Great 
  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-11-05 14:56]

Hi George,a very professional capture of this in-flight beauty,perfect details on the body and great sensation of the wings mouvement,great exposure in a difficult backlight.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Ciao George, great inflight capture of lovely bird with fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Good morning George
Wonderful capture of this roller.Great timing,wonderful colours and excellent sharpness.The correct light will be great...
Thank You
Have a good day!
Best regards

Hi George

Just as beautiful especially the blues as the Indian Roller. Nice in flight capture at almost eye level. Interestingly the fringe patterns in the BG which draw equal attention in the thumbnail work well for your picture, maybe because they are not criss crossing.


  • Great 
  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-11-06 5:35]

Beautiful image with interesting lighting and colors, the flight caught in time. tfs.

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