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The Indian Roller for Asbed

The Indian Roller for Asbed
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Copyright: Goldy RS (goldyrs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 974 W: 51 N: 2913] (11497)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Small bird, big World, CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -4- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-06-24 18:16
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another shot taken from the moving safari truck!
I took this shot in what is know as the "Chaur" or the grasslands, in the Tiger Reserve. I know I'd never be able to do it a la CelticRanger, but I did try to...
You're a wonderful human being, my friend, Asbed!!


The Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis), was formerly locally called the Blue Jay, a misnomer. It is a member of the roller family of birds which breeds in tropical southern Asia from Iraq to Thailand. It is not migratory, but undertakes some seasonal movements.

The Indian Roller is a stocky bird, the size of a Jackdaw at 30-34cm. It has a warm brown back, lilac breast and face, and blue crown, wings, tail and belly. Sexes are similar, but the juvenile is a drabber version of the adult. The Southeast Asian race C. b. affinis has a green back and purple underparts.

Indian Roller is striking in its strong direct flight, with the brilliant blues of the wings contrasting with the brown back.

This is a common bird of warm open country with some trees. These 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. They will follow tractors for disturbed invertebrates, and dash into the smoke of a forest fire on a similar mission. They are fearless and will dive and roll at humans and other intruders.

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 a lined hole in a tree or building, and lays about 3-5 eggs.

The call of Indian Roller is a harsh crow-like chack sound. Also makes a variety of other sounds including a metallic boink calls. Especially vociferous during the breeding season.

Indian roller has been given the status of state bird for Indian states of Bihar, Karnataka, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh.

Source: Wikipedia

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hello Goldy

my old friend in TN, what a great thing when i clicked
to publish my photo (that is not an in-flight shot)
i saw that i am your neighbor and you are dedicating
me an bird photo from your beautiful country

if i love bird in-flight photos Goldy, i also love this kind
of photo where the bird is small and with it you can see
his habitat his environment, excellent photo of the
Indian Roller shot with fine POV, DOF and framing
but for the framing Goldy i would give less space
at the back of the bird, fine focus of the bird
with excellent sharpness and details, TFS alot


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-06-24 20:44]

Hi Little Brother,

You are a pro in moving trucks!! I have never seen an Indian Roller but this looks very beautiful. The colors are gorgeous and although the bird is at a distance the details of the face, and feathers. He shows off very well on the bare branches and in the natural setting. A really nice dedication to dear Asbed.


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2009-06-24 21:00]

Hello Goldy,
Beautiful capture, I know Asbed will be very happy.. well done


Hi Goldy,

Nice picture, the bird are sitting central and maybe a crop would be a little better.
Very nice dedication and fine landscaping picture.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-06-24 23:14]

Hello MF Goldy,
Wonderful shot of the bird. It really presented you a fabulous pose. Lovely colours and sharp details. Superb BG and POV. Very nicely composed.
Best regards Siggi

hello Goldy
abstractive artistic glance and result, beautiful scene and capture

Hi Goldy,
A beautiful capture of this Indian roller. A very nice natural composition. Good details too. A beautiful dedication for Asbed. Thanks a lot for sharing.


It was obviously difficult for you to capture this in the moving truck. I would have asked the driver to stop the vehicle for a minuite to take this snap. It would have been a record breaking photograph if you could have focused it with your perfection.

Never the less the you have captured the nice background with a well placed Indian roller on it. Very well done in the adverse conditions!


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-06-25 3:48]

Slav Goldy,
Nice capture of this Indian roller with natural colours and nice composition.Good dedaction.
Thanks for sharing.

Hello Goldy,
great dedication to our friend Asbed; a beautiful picture of the Indian Roller, i like the wonderful scene in a wonderful and simple composition, good sharpness and splendid colours.
Best regards

Hello Goldy, a splendid shot of this lovely bird from nice pint of view. TFS.
Regrads, Deniz

Anytime you get a great one such as this....put it into the theme small bird big world.....wow! Nice minimalistic style!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-06-25 15:18]

Hi Goldy,this isn't just a bird pic.this is a fantastic composition! The perfect sharpness and colors of the bird and the wonderful background make a difference! A pure artistic way to show the nature! My best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO.

Preciosa fotografía Goldy. El fondo le da una dimensión diferente y espectacular.
Saludos: J. Ignasi.

Hi Goldy,

The point of view is showing the colors and the details of the Indian Roller. The subject is well framed. The blurred background is putting in evidence the bird. The light is enhancing the colors. have a nice day.


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