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Copyright: Vivian Droog (viv) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO Ultra DG, Soligor UV
Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger a palette of Eden, they say.
Date Submitted: 2008-02-18 6:13
Viewed: 3596
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a common bird in the Kruger Park, but for me they still are beautifull to see.
It was already round 6 in the afternoon and the roller enjoyed the sun.

The European Roller, Coracias garrulus, is the only member of the roller family of birds to breed in Europe. Its range extends into the Middle East and Central Asia and Morocco. It is a long-distance migrant, wintering in southern Africa.

It is a bird of warm open country with some trees. The European Roller is a stocky bird, the size of a Jackdaw at 29-32 cm in length with a 52-58 cm wingspan, but it is mainly blue with a warm brown back. Rollers often perch prominently on trees, posts or overhead wires, like giant shrikes, whilst watching for the large insects, lizards and frogs that they eat.

This species is even more striking in its strong direct flight, with the brilliant blue contrasting with black flight feathers. Sexes are similar, but the juvenile is a drabber version of the adult.

The display of this bird is a lapwing-like display, with the twists and turns that give this species its English name. It nests in an unlined tree or cliff hole, and lays up to six eggs.

The call is a harsh crow-like sound.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-02-18 6:26]

Hallo Vivian,

Staan we eindelijk eens naast elkaar,een mooi portret van deze roller,goede kleuren en details,

groetjes vanuit Nynäshamn,

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-02-18 6:40]

Nice picture with very good detail and nice framing

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-18 7:19]

Hello Vivian,
Great close-up of this Roller in a fine pose against the blue sky. Excellent sharpness, fine colours and well composed.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-18 7:51]

Hallo Vivian,
Prachtige foto van deze Scharrelaar. Hoewel de andere kant van de vogel natuurlijk veel mooier van kleur is. Maar ook deze kant mag gezien worden. Uitstekende scherpte en belichting. Mooie diep blauwe kleuren in de achtergrond.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-18 8:29]

Hi Viv,

A wonderful close-up of this handsome looking Roller - a bird I have not seen in real life. The pose against the blue sky is fantastic. Wonderful natural colors and excellent details - I love his eye!!


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-02-18 10:36]

Hello Vivian
Nice presentation.Different but nice POV,your image is sharp with nice details.Colors are also very nice.
TFS Michel

Bellissimo primo piano dai dettagli perfetti, ottimi colori. Complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-18 19:18]

Hola Viv.
hermosa foto. Exelente encuadre de la imagen, fina pose y bellos colores.
Muy buena nota escrita.
Saludos Viv.

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-02-19 9:22]

hi Viv,
fantastic shot! the lighting is nice and bright and you've shot at a perfect exposure. The focus and detail and color is superb. really nice composition.. great stuff! thanks for sharing

Hi Vivian,

Very good bird portrait, nice BG, well framed and a sharp details! The deep shadows under the wings look to be slightly grey compared to the black frame, but this can be easily fixed (no time for a workshop, sorry!). Very well done! Thank you,


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-23 7:02]

Hello Vivian, great pose of the bird, the sharpness is very good and the exposure perfect. Well done, thanks!


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