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Colourful roller


Colourful roller
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Copyright: Willem Botha (whjb) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 51 W: 26 N: 172] (683)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Olympus E-300, Sigma 55-200mm 1:4-5.6 DC, 55mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-18 13:25
Viewed: 5187
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Lilac-breasted Roller, Coracias caudata, is a member of the roller family of birds.

They feed on grasshoppers, beetles, occasionally lizards, crabs, and small amphibians. They take prey from the ground.

They make unlined nests in natural tree holes or in termite hills. Sometimes they take over woodpecker's or kingfisher's nest holes. They lay 2-4 white eggs, which are incubated by both sexes for 22-24 days. At 19 days the chicks are fully feathered and grayish brown.

I took several photos of this beautiful bird in the Kruger National Park, South Africa. I tried to take a photo of it in flight because then the colours show very nicely. It is however very fast and shooting from a car makes it difficult.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-10-18 14:17]

Beautiful composition, POV and sharpness. Lovely colours

TFS

Karan

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-10-18 14:21]

Hi Willem,

This is a colorful roller in a typical pose. The blue background fits well. Great shot!
TFS.

regards,
Zeno.

Nicely done, good color and detail. I might try creating layers in PS and smooth out the blue background. Good composition.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-10-18 14:28]

Hello Willem , A Beauty shot ,Good compositie colours details pov sharpnes and bg , tfs ,Greetings Teunie .

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-10-18 14:48]

Hi Willem,
lovely pose of this pretty bird well captured,
good work on the quick shot :)
Cheers,
Vishal Sabharwal

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2006-10-18 15:31]

The pose, the colors, and the details are just perfect. What a beautiful capture!

Jane

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2006-10-18 15:45]

Hi Willwm,
A really splendid composition with this lovely Roller at the top of the branch in a nice diagonal line across the blue background - perfect!
TFS, Ulla

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  • PhilC Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 25 N: 117] (551)
  • [2006-10-18 17:25]

Willem - a cracker , well done. I tried several times to take a shot like this in Kenya but couldn't get it quite right.

Regards Phil.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-10-19 2:18]

Fantastic sharpness and beautiful colors, Willem.
Great POV and composition.
TFS. : )

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-10-19 7:48]

Hello Willem,
What a very nice shot, I have seen them a lot in the Krugerpark, but they are so quick. So I know the difficulties. Great on the colours and with the blue sky.
Thanks
Vivian

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  • Valf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 66 W: 0 N: 120] (522)
  • [2006-10-19 21:17]

Hi Willem,
Good picture of this cute roller. Beautiful color. Good composition and sharpness.
Regards, Francois

Hi Willem,

This bird is very colourful and you show exactly that with this photo. Sky is nice and soft and the sharpness and detail are great.

TFS
Leon

Hi Willem,

A great caprute giving us the feeling as the bird perches in front of us.Good POV and a well-chosen composition.

Well done & TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2006-12-11 15:32]

Hello Willem,
Excellent presentation of this Lilac-breasted Roller, fine comp. sharpness, POV and BG.
Well done,
Regards, Ivan

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