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at last !
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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-04-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Exposure: f/5.8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Buxa forest & Jayanti forest
Date Submitted: 2012-04-17 12:29
Viewed: 2620
Points: 9
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Indian Roller, at last! My most favourite bird!

I had been running after it, ritually, at least once in each and every week.. traveling miles to visit those villages where i happen to have seen this bird once, by chance. And this chase had been going on for more than last one year.

Not that i had not seen this bird then. Every time i went there, i found one. Even two, once. May be i got to see after showing much patience, but the bird was there. I took some shots also. But not from this close. I had to get the bird within my optical zoom range so that i could manage a satisfactory shot. But, even on the slightest hint they had vanished :(

Then someone, recently, had rightly said. North Bengal had more of these birds than the South. And, see. In my last visit... in those three days, i saw at least 8 Indian Rollers.

This particular bird i had found near Santalabari... it was around 2:40 pm then... the summer Sun was almost above the head of the bird [as can be understood by looking at the shadows]... and was harsh. But i got it quite close.

I don't know this particular bird is still alive or not.. the tribal people in that region are still in the practice of killing birds for food. I saw an old man, who seemed to very poor, was trying to shoot the birds around him [Indian Rollers and Blue-throated Barbets were there at that time] with a slingshot. Consistently and stubbornly. The man was holding a bottle of local liquor in his hand.

The sensible and knowledgeable people over there should step forward to grow awareness amongst these ignorant ones about the importance of the wealth of their forests. They must be taught to understand that it is for these birds mainly, people from around the world visit Buxa.

The good thing is that, the children over there [as they go to schools now] have learnt to value the wildlife... but still more campaigning is needed.

Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis) belongs to the family 'Coraciidae'. Remember the Dollar Bird, i had posted before? That bird also belongs to this family.

To quote Wikipedia:
[parts that match with my experiences about this bird]

"These birds are usually seen perched on prominent bare trees or wires. They descend to the ground to capture their prey..."

Their "main habitat is cultivation, thin forest and grassland. They are often seen perched on roadside electric wires."

"This roller is found mainly on the South Asian mainland but extends into Sri Lanka, the Lakshadweep and Maldive Islands and into Southeast Asia and parts of West Asia."

In our state [West Bengal], the State-Bird is White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis). But in some states of our country, Indian Roller is the State-Bird. Those states are: Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka and Orissa.

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Ciao Ruby.
Oggi vicini di posto, complimenti per la cattura di questo magnifico uccello,ottima nitidezza e stupendi colori,molto bene la composizione bravo.
Ciao Marco.

Hi Ruby
Definitely a beautiful bird, well captured although the whitish sky is not the best possible bg, but that's life
I would suggest to cut away the right part and keep a square format
Tfs
Tom

KUDOS RUBY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :0)!!! You captured him by golly. I can see why he's your favorite..wow, the stunning blue on the top of his head and those wings..just glorious.

So the old man who likes ETOH, he would kill the bird for selling its feathers? oh..quite sad indeed. Well done again my friend, so happy for you! (did you see the lil blue bird nest i found for you?) I submitted it in "my" bluebird you shot for me workshop :0)

:)
Regards,
George Veltchev

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  • thijs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 1 N: 104] (529)
  • [2012-04-18 4:12]

Hi Ruby

It took a lot of efford, but you managed to capture this beautiful bird very wel. Very nice position and location. Well done! Thanks.

Thijs

Le sujet apparaît relativement bien détaillé mais l'ensemble de l'image est confrontée à un éclairage beaucoup trop fort.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.
Gérard

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