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Lilac-breasted Roller


Lilac-breasted Roller
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Copyright: Carl Landsberg (Jakkals) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 3 N: 587] (2813)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-02-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon EF 300 f/4L IS USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-04-05 4:13
Viewed: 1612
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The lilac-breasted roller (Coracias caudatus) is an African 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.[2] Nesting takes place in a natural hole in a tree where a clutch of 2–4 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.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-04-05 11:37]

Hello Carl,
What a gorgeous bird displaying an array of beautiful colors. Tac sharp focus allowing us to view its stunning plumage in exceptional detail. This would be a thrill just to see in the wild, let alone capture such a magnificent image. Awesome shot!!
Ron
PS. I am going to Tanzania in June, hopefully they have some in that region as well.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2017-04-05 14:30]

HI Carl,fantastic pic for a fantastic bird! What a beautiful roller,the colors are a great spectacle,and you cuaght this great opportunity in a top class way,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2017-04-05 20:46]

Hi Carl
Magnificent close up, splendid bird, fine details.

TFS

Very interesting species of Roller, Carl.
The perspective couldn't have been better; all the features and colours are beautifully captured in your image.
Thanks!
Ram

Hello Carl

Excellent photo of this bird with its beautiful plumage,
fine lateral POV, great focus, sharpness, and details, TFS

Asbed

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