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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: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital JPEG
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Karatash's other favorite -I- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-09 11:01
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Last time I’m trying to make better photos of flying birds.
In a bird-show in Rotterdam I saw one of my favourite birds of Africa, the Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudata). He was flying very low and I couldn’t avoid the fence in the background.

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.

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Wouaw Peter, very impressive shot !!!!
very good focus on this bird in fly and outstanding colors,
very well done,
cheer and thanks for shared,

Stunning bird and stunning colours....good info as well

Peter this is superb focus is spot on and timing good a beautifull bird in flight wish we had colourfull flying birds where I am that I could take pics of. nice work tfs rgds Necip.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-09 11:44]

Hi Peter. What a great in flight shot of this colourful Roller. you have such fine detail against the blurred BG. very well done TFS. good notes to read as well.

Superbes couleurs, quelle prise en plein vol.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-09 11:49]

Hi Peter,

Great in-flight of this Roller. You caught him perfectly. Love the head on position! The face is marvelous - even the eyes. Beautiful colors and fine details. He stands out from the fence very well.


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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-10-09 11:51]

Hi Peter

Great infight capture, pereftly focus on the Bird, the colours are fabulous the light reflected on the blues is superb and the eye contact is wonderful.

TFs Hilary :o)

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 584 W: 64 N: 2237] (7529)
  • [2007-10-09 11:53]

Hi Peter,
a very good action shot. The lack of sharpness at the wingtips and the very good sharpness at the head introduce an element of dynamics. The perfect split-second! I understand why this is your preferred bird!
Thanks and kind regards,

Hello Peter,

I don't think the fence detracts fom this lovely action shot! Very good focus and beautiful colours! Interesting notes too!

kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-10-09 12:39]

Hello Peter,
A very impressive shot, not only for the action but also for the technical quality and for the colourful subject. You have captured it in a great position, showing the wonderful colour of the upper wing-side. Great focus, well chosen DOF. Simply fantastic.
Best greetings & TFS!

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2007-10-09 13:45]

wow, what a look, what an amazing inflight-shot of this feathered juwel, peter! :-)
terrific frozen action and awesome colors.
well done & take care, thor.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-10-09 15:44]

Hallo Peter,
Mooie opname van deze hele mooie vogel, eigenlijk onbegrijpelijk dat deze ook mee doet in de vogelshow, ik heb ze gezien in Zuid Afrika. Dat ze dit kunnen aanleren.
En wat je ook schrijft jammer van de achtergrond. Maar ja je kunt niet alles hebben.

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-10-09 16:32]

Hi Peter,
This is a beautiful vivid colourful bird!!! Detalis and focus are excellent! BG is loely too.


Hi Peter,

Fantastic shot. It is very impresive. The colours of bird are great on this BG. And the posture is interesting. Nice work. Bravo.

Best regards, Cezar T.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-10-09 23:03]

Hi Peter

Regardless of the fence, this is an excellent action shot with great colours.


Great capture peter
the vivid colors of the roller
stand out even more so against
the background of the fence.tfs

Excellent composition indeed in perfect sharpness, great POV.
Best wishes,

Very great catch !
Impressive ..
Beautiful colorful bird
TFS Greetz Kristy

Hi Peter,
Great capture, Fantastic!!!!
Salutacions cordials

bonjour peter
l'oiseau est deja tres beau lorsqu'il est posé mais de le voir ainsi en vol c'est simplement magnifique.
felicitations pour le reflex.

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-10-10 10:26]

Pretty Cool shot, Peter! Great colors, too! Cheers, Klaus

Hi Peter,
Roller is one of my favourite bird species. I like it much. This is great capture. Excellent moment. Coloration, focus, action, POV/DOF, eye contact great. Notes also very nice and informative. Thanks
best wishes

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-11 5:26]

Wow ! Great in-flight shot of this very nice bird ! Good sharpness with the eye contact. Good colors and exposure ! Well done, thanks.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-12 0:30]

Hi Peter.
What a great in-flight shot taken at terrific POV. Amazing eye-contact, superb colours and excellent timing. My congratulations and TFS.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-10-12 12:13]

Hi Peter

Wow stunning sharp in flight shot and amazing colours. Excellent work!!



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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-10-12 23:22]

Ha Peter,

Het is je vrij goed gelukt om deze kleurige vogel in vlucht te weten vastleggen,wat niet eenvoudig is daar ze vrij snel zijn,denk dat het op TN niet is toegestaan,maar voor de sport zou je met behulp van photoshop de achtergrond kunnen veranderen,groetjes


Hallo Peter

Thanks for welcoming me to Trek Nature. I appreciate your visit and the positive critique you left me. I am sure I’ll enjoy every moment and that my knowledge about nature and everything involved will grow daily.
Although this is not your latest posting, I wanted to critique this specific one. On browsing through your portfolio, my eye caught this Lilac Breasted Roller in flight and I immediately thought back to my reaction to the first time I ever saw this bird. I cannot recall my exact words but it was something in the line of “Look at that big beautiful blue butterfly” How was I supposed to know birds can be as gorgeous and colourful as butterflies? Up to today, I am often teased about this, and whenever we go out to a game reserve or bird park and see some of these birds, Loot or the children will refer to it as “Anna’s butterfly.”
I agree that we do have a beautiful country with lovely landscapes and tremendous fauna and flora.

Kind regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6475 W: 89 N: 15608] (65293)
  • [2008-04-18 11:21]

Hi Peter,i'm seeing your wondrfull gallery,this shot is incredible!!!I try many times to made the same whit butterflies and dragonflies but i never have a good results.I know how isn't easy to take a pic like that,i must give you my best compliments,it's a great artwork,thanks for share,Luciano

Hi Peter, nice to see your previous shot which i have absent on TN. This one is realy great in-flight capture of this beauty.
TFS and have a nice new week MF!

Hello Peter

WOW ! great in-flight shot of the Lilac-breasted Roller
with very fine POV giving that lovely eye-contact,
with excellent focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


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