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Blue-Bellied Roller

Blue-Bellied Roller
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Copyright: Bunyapon Kusolkrong (bungbing) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 516 W: 0 N: 1626] (7743)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-10-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VRII, UV Filter
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-11 2:07
Viewed: 2565
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This image was taken at Bird Park in Northern Johannesburg,
BLUE-BELLIED ROLLER - Coracias cyanogaster

Physical Characteristics: The blue-bellied roller is very striking in appearance. The feathers on its head, neck, and breast are buff in color, and it has a slightly curved black beak. The feathers along its back are dark green, while the rest of its plumage contains various shades of blue. Full grown, these birds will get approximately 11 inches from head to tail with a 14 inch wingspan.

Habitat: Blue-bellied rollers can be found in a narrow strip along western Africa from Senegal to Sudan. They reside in a variety of habitats including grasslands, wooded savannahs, and forest glades along marshes and streams.

Diet: These birds feed on insects, lizards, and other small animals.

Did you know? The name "roller" comes from the blue-bellied roller's habit of rolling in the air during courtship and territorial flights. They are extremely acrobatic fliers. They are in the same order (Coraciiformes) as kingfishers and hornbills.

Status: The blue-bellied rollers is considered non-threatened and has adjusted well to human settlement.
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what a beauty this image of the roller. So colorful with great pose for a wonderful composition. Great clarity and sharpness.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-11-11 2:26]

Hi Bunyapon,
Excellent portrait of this BLUE-BELLIED ROLLER, splendid lights and fine sharp details, beautiful colors, TFS!
Have a nice weekend!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-11-11 2:34]

Hello Bungbing,
Fantastic portrait of this Blue-bellied Roller. Excellent sharpness and details and a pleasing composition. Very beautiful natural colours and catchlight in the eye. Nice OOF BG.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2011-11-11 3:13]

Bonjour Bunyapon, perfect portrait of this Roller, the light on it is good and the colors well saturated. Fine sharp details too, Well done, best regards, Didier;

Ciao Bunyapon. Super portrait with excellente colour results. very good details and sharp against the blurred BG.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-11-11 3:18]

Hello Bungbing,
A very fine close-up portraying the Blue-bellied Roller. The lighting and BG make the roller stand out and its details are seen with fine sharpness, DOF and natural colours.
Thanks andhave a good weekend,

Impressive portrait Bungbing! The composition, the colours and the sharpness are excellent!

Bonjour Bungbing,
Très beau et expressif portrait finement détaillé et délicatement coloré.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Bunyapon,
This is so beautiful and I am in a mood for workshopping today so could not resist it. Not saying it is an improvement, there is not much room for improvement anyway, but I do like it.....Oh I see you do mot allow workshops and I do not blame you. Sometimes they are used for an exercise in egotism. Best wishes.

Ciao Bungbing, fantastic portrait of lovely bird in nice pose on a beautiful blurry BG, fine details, beautiful colors, wonderful sharpness and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-11-11 7:27]

Hello Bungbing,
What a splendid close-up of a beautiful Roller in a fine pose. Great focus on the eye and the solid beak and lovely colours of the plumage. I like the soft green background too.
TFS and have a nice weekend! Ulla

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-11-11 8:20]

Hello Bungbing.
Beautiful shot of a gorgeous bird. The colors are wonderful - as are the details on the bird. How nice that he posed like that for you.Best regards Siggi

Hello Bungbing,
Now this is a capture with excellent feather detail, clear eye contact, superb sharpness, beautiful colours and complimenting OOF BG. Well done and enjoy the weekend.

hello Bungbing
this is a super good sharpness head with great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting l ou

Excellent portrait, good detail and composition. Very nice eye contact. A very striking bird. regards yiannis

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-11-11 11:10]

This image is fantastic, Bunyapon !
Great sharpness and light (wonderful eye), splendid colours,very nice background.
Very well done!
Thanks for sharing

Hi Bunyapon,
really nice portrait of this bird. Excellent colours and composition. Very good sharpness and details.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-11-11 11:34]

Mangificent portrait and a wonderfull head pose,fantastic work as usual whit very impressive sharpness and light balance,i like a lot the little corner blue on the plumage.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Bunyapon,
A great portrait of this bird in nice pose. What I like at this image are the great details, excellent sharpness, perfect POV and OOF BG. Well done!

Hello Bunyapon,
wow, fantastic close-up capture of this Blue-bellied roller with good sharpness and a great eye contact. I also like the vivid colours and the nicely blurred background. Very good shot, my compliments.
Best wishes,

Hello Bunyapon,
This is amazing collor and fantastic detalis.
Very good photo.
Well done.
Have a good week.

WOW Bunyapon, what a fantastic portrait of this roller. Beautiful colors and fantastic detail. Very well done and tfs.

Hi Bunyapon,

Amazingly close shot with equally sharp FG & smeared BG. Vest portraits of small birds are usually uncommon. More so, at this clarity of shiny beak, sun sparkled eye & vivid plumage, with a couple of ruffled straws at the back.


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