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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: 2017-11-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1600 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-11-15 7:36
Viewed: 1118
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Back from a trip to South Africa. Together with other nature photographers we made a lot of photos. Our speciality was birds. Therefore it is nice to show you some results.
I start with the Lilac-breasted Roller. One of my favourites.

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 underparts 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 troath and foreneck. Species easily recogniced by combination of lilac chest and long tail streamers. Often seen perched on telegraph poles and wires. In some lights wings show brilliant blue and black in flight.

Voice: A serie 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 witch it can perch.

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. It is also the national bird of Botswana and Kenya.

Different sources: books and wikipedia.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-11-15 9:52]

Hello Peter,
An outstanding image of a bird that I saw for the first time this past summer while in Tanzania. Awesome detail of its gorgeous plumage. Great eye contact with a tad bit of catchlight visible. Perfectly exposed and presented in an attractive composition. Love the blue sky as a BG. Well done!!

Hello Peter,
Welcome back from your long absence here on TN.....Glad to see again your images. Very nice and interesting Roller...I have seen only the European Roller in the Danube Delta, but this specie has more interesting colors.

Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely bird innice pose, fantastic colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, great macro, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2017-11-15 14:05]

Hi Peter,welcome back from South Africa with this magnificent capture! One of the most beautiful and colorful species caught in an excellent way despite the distance,i hope to will see more soon from your trip! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Lekker op Vakantie geweest Peter ?
wat dacht je ,kan ik wel weer een paar proberen te plaatsen
Ik stuur er af en toe ook een paar ,het is niet veel meer
Deze bijeneter is wel erg mooi super goed op stok en prachtige kleuren
bedankt weer gr lou

You were missed here on TN, Peter! Welcome back!!
As usual, a high class bird image from your trip to South Africa.
This Roller is quite different from the one we see here in India.
Well composed image against the sky.
Looking forward to more.

Hello Peter
Fantastic capture of this wonderful bird. Perfect composition wonderful natural colors.Excelĺent sharpness. Another beauty on You gallery.
Best regards
José Diogo

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