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Lilac-breasted Roller

Lilac-breasted Roller
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-19 3:25
Viewed: 5134
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
English: Lilac-breasted Roller
Latin: Corcias caudata
Dutch: Vorkstaartscharrelaar

Identification: The roller is 41 cm. with tail streamers. Upperparts tawny-brown or greenish-brown; rump and wing coverts ultramarine blue; throat and breast rich lilac; remainder under parts greenish-blue.
In the Somali race of this roller, which also occurs in north-east Kenya, the lilac is reduced, being confined to a patch on the throat and fore neck. Species easily recognized by combination of lilac chest and long tail streamers. In some lights wings show brilliant blue and black in flight.

Voice: Series of harsh chattering notes.

Distribution and habitat: Local resident and partial intra-African migrant ranging from Somalia and Ethiopia through East and Central Africa.
It occurs in woodlands, open bush country especially where there are isolated trees to serve as vantage points, and even open plains if there are telegraph poles or fences on which it can perch.

Source: Collins Field Guide: Birds of East Africa by J.G.Williams and N.Arlott

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-19 3:42]

Hello Peter,
Excellent capture of the Lilac-breasted Roller. I like your POV showing its profile very clearly and with a catchlight in the eye. Sharp details and wonderful colours.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-19 3:49]

Hello Peter,
A great sharp capture of this attractive species of Roller, the Lilac-breasted. The POV, colours,and composition on the accacia are excellent.
TFS this beauty,
Best wishes,

Hello Peter,
this is a beautiful capture with amazing natural colors. This Lilac-breasted Roller is so beautiful! Fine details and good DOF.
Excellent composition.

Hello Peter
Lilac was one of my favorite bird during my visit to Africa few years ago. You have captured this one in nice pose, colours and details. (maybe little bit less with contrast)

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-01-19 5:28]

Hi Peter
Excellent composition.good POV and razor sharp image.Excellent plumage detail.I also like your subject pose and the color in general.
TFS Michel

hallo Peter
wat een kleuren !!te gek
erg mooi opname
goede compositie zo op het eind van de tak
goed van scherpte
great shot!!
groetjes lou

Hello Peter,
beautiful capture of his Lilac-breasted Roller. Excellent composition.
TFS and Regards

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-19 9:44]

Hi Peter,

This Lilac-breasted Roller is wonderful. The colors are magnificent - the details of the face and plumage are razor sharp - the eye is beautiful. A lovely pose on the branch with the side view showing him off in all of his splendor.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-19 9:57]

Hi Peter,
Beautiful capture of this colourful roller.I liked POV and composition a lot.
Thanks for posting.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-19 11:48]

Hi Peter. This Roller has some amazing colours which you have taken so well . with good detail . Its feathers look a bit untidy . I like your POV so we can see all of the bird. Interesting notes too. well done TFS.

Hello Peter,

Great capture.
Beautiful colours with fantastic details.
Light,focus and composition are splendid.
Good notes.

Hallo Peter,

weer zo'n mooie vogel voor je verzameling.
Je hebt er al heel wat zo door de jaren heen gefotografeer.
Mooie opname van deze Scharrelaar.
Goed gezichtsveld.
Enig minpuntje is de witte lucht.


wonderful capture with great natural light , perfect sharp and beautiful colours , good contrast ,

Hi Peter, lovely bird with fantastic colors, wonderful details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

hello Peter

beautiful photography of this African bird,
shot with fine POV and framing, beautiful colour
tones of the bird's plumage, excellent sharpness
and details of all the image, TFS


Hi Peter,

Very good shot at this colorful roller. Artistic perch on that branch against the clear backdrop. Sharp focus exposing the details of the plumage really well.


Hi Peter,
A lfine capture of this beautifully coloured bird from a nice POV. Great details, colours and composition.
TFS this fine image and cheers,

Ps. In these days i am so bussy since we entered the exam period. Thus i could be late for commenting. Sorry for this.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-01-19 23:03]

Hello Peter,
Very nice shot.
Lovely detail and colours,nice composition.
Nice work,very well done.

Hola Peter,
Precioso el ejemplar que nos muestras con gran definición, bonita composición y bellos colores. Saludos
José Ramón

Hello Peter,
Very good capture of this lovely Roller
But, on my screen the sharpening gives a bit of noise on the plumage !

Hi Peter,
what a wonderful picture of a Coracias caudata taken from an excellent POV with superb sharpness; very nice composition with a lovely pose of the bird; I like the vivid colours and the contrast against a light BG.
TFS. Best regards.

Hello Peter

Wonderful plumage colour and detail.
The feathers are well defined and focused.
Nicely placed in the frame.
Excellent point of view.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-01-20 22:07]

Hi Peter,
Outstanding shot of this beautiful Lilac-breasted Roller with very impressive sharpness and colours. Nice perch and the white BG works well here - probably the weather was gloomy. Excellent POV, DOF and composition.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2009-01-21 11:00]

Hallo Peter , Een prachtig vogeltje en een hele mooie compositie en mooie kleuren , Groeten teunie .

Great detail & the rollers colors look good Peter.
Well composed, good POV..
The bright white BG is different..but it works :)
Everyone who shoots birds faces this..Your settings work fine low, where there's less light, but raise your camera to the sky and you must quickly adjust..
F/13 is probably not your telephoto lens sweet spot.
Well done,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-25 8:00]

Hello Peter,
Excellent image of this very colorful species, capture in excellent sharp focus. Thank you for sharing Peter.

Hi Peter,
very clearly detailed and excellently composed portrait of the Lilac-breasted Roller.
The uniformly white clouded sky as a background makes it look like a preciously detailed hand made illustration on white paper.
With thanks, and best regards,

Hello Peter,
beautiful capture of this Lilac-breasted Roller from a good PoV. Excellent composition.
Perfect colour and sharpness.

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