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Abyssinian Roller

Abyssinian Roller
Photo Information
Copyright: Zeno Swijtink (Zeno) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikon 200-500 mm.
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-14 8:45
Viewed: 4940
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Abyssinian Roller is a member of the roller family of birds which breeds across tropical Africa in a belt south of the Sahara. It is resident in the southern part of its range, but northern breeding populations are short-distance migrants, moving further south after the wet season. It is a large bird, nearly the size of a Jackdaw at 28-30 cm. It has a warm brown back, with the rest of the plumage mainly blue. Adults have lon (12 cm.) tail streamers. Sexes are simular, but the juvenile is a drabber version of the adult. The bird is striking in its strong direct flight, with the brilliant blues of the wings contrasting with the brown back and long tail streamers trailing behind.
This is a common bird of warm open country with some trees and had adapted to farmland and human habitation. These rollers often perch prominently on trees, posts or overhead wires, like giant shrikes, whilst watching for the large insects on which they feed.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-02-14 8:53]

Ha Zeno,

Een fraaie opname van deze roller,de kleuren en de omgeving zien er zeer natuurlijk uit,fraai Camerawerk,groetjes


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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-02-14 9:12]

hi zeno,
beautiful picture..very nice colours and great details in the picture.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-14 10:28]

Hi Zeno. This is a bird i have never seen before so thanks for posting. what a fantastic green/blue it is which you have captured so well. with fine detail a nice POV. well done TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-14 11:28]

Hallo Zeno,
Een kwalitatief erg fraaie foto met prachtige kleuren en goede scherpte in een mooie omgeving en met een mooie achtergrond.

Hello Zeno
What a beautiful bird the Abyssinian Roller is! His colours are absolutely gorgeous. Well composed with the green leaves and grey background. A very colourful image.
TFS Janice

Hello Zeno,
I'm used to the Lilac-breasted...; this one has a special blue colour. Beautiful bird; another one in your Gambia series.

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-02-14 13:52]

Hi Zeno,

Wow, the colours on this bird is so special, kind of strong pastel . Good details in the plumage, I really like the way he's standing looking quite confident on the diagonale branch. Well done!

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-02-14 15:55]

Exelente passaro de qualidade muito boa parabéns.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2008-02-14 23:51]

Hallo Zeno,

Hier weer een mooi staaltje van de natuur, dat de vogels het verenkleed dragen van de omgeving, waardoor ze minder opvallen in de natuur.
Maar u heeft hem blijkbaar wel gevonden, en een mooi scherp beeld aan ons gepresenteerd.
Mooi werk.

Groeten uit Vlaanderen,

Hello Zeno,

Great composition. Very good sharpness. Good light and wonderful colours.

Lovely colours, composition, and detail. Seems to be quite similar to the European Roller but more colourful. TFS.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-15 19:48]

Hello Zeno

This bird looks like it is posing for you.The colours are incredible.
Wonderful clarity and focus.the details are sharp.
Nicely composed in the frame.
It really is a beautiful bird.


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