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European Roller

European Roller
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Copyright: Razvan Zinica (zetu) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-14 2:30
Viewed: 3052
Points: 44
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The European Roller, Coracias garrulus, is the only member of the roller family of birds to breed in Europe. Its overall range extends into the Middle East and Central Asia and Morocco.
There are two subspecies: the nominate garrulus, which breeds from in north Africa from Morocco east to Tunisia, southwest and south-central Europe and Asia Minor east through northwest Iran to southwest Siberia; and semenowi, which breeds in Iraq and Iran (except northwest) east to Kashmir and north to Turkmenistan, south Kazakhstan and northwest China (west Xinjiang). The European Roller is a long-distance migrant, wintering in southern Africa in two distinct regions, from Senegal east to Cameroon and from Ethiopia west to Congo and south to South Africa.
It is a bird of warm, dry, open country with scattered trees, preferring lowland open countryside with patches of oak Quercus forest, mature pine Pinus woodland with heathery clearings, orchards, mixed farmland, river valleys, and plains with scattered thorny or leafy trees. It winters primarily in dry wooded savanna and bushy plains, where it typically nests in tree holes.
The European Roller is a stocky bird, the size of a Jackdaw at 29–32 cm in length with a 52–58 cm wingspan; it is mainly blue with an orange-brown back. Rollers often perch prominently on trees, posts or overhead wires, like giant shrikes, whilst watching for the large insects, small reptiles, rodents and frogs that they eat.
This species is striking in its strong direct flight, with the brilliant blue contrasting with black flight feathers. Sexes are similar, but the juvenile is a drabber version of the adult.
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 an unlined tree or cliff hole, and lays up to six eggs.
The call is a harsh crow-like sound. It gives a raucous series of calls when nervous.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-07-14 2:35]

What a beautifuls colors and what a very nice composition my friend!I like a lot the softness of this pic and the perfect choice of point of view,you was lucky to meet it!Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-07-14 3:15]

Un portret de invidiat de dumbraveanca!

Salut Razvan,
este o pasare pe care, din pacate, n-am vazut-o niciodata in natura, doar pe poze. Excelent unghi, foarte bune culorile, claritatea si detaliile sunt de exceptie, si pot adauga... ca deobicei...

hello razvan, absolutly top picture from a rare roller, great...thanks a lot, and have a nice day...

Hi Razvan,

A beautiful shot of a very colourful bird, pity we don't get them in the UK.
Taken with good focus showing good detail and splendid colours. I like the pose and POV.

TFS regards


really a wonderful photograph with perfect lighting.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-07-14 4:25]

Iarasi o frumusete de pasare.
Ciulori si detalii perfecte!

This is a beautiful bird Razvan, excellent color, DOF, & details..
Very nice BG, love the plant it's on too.
I would remove that leaf top-right corner, and give it a bit more space at the tail if you have it.
Well done!

Ciao Razvan. Great compo for an inpressive top quality work. Fantasticcolours.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2010-07-14 5:49]

Estupendo trabajo Zetu,
magnífico pov. y buenos colores,

Ciao Razvan, lovely bird with fantastic colors, splendid sharpness and wonderful details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-07-14 6:46]

Hi Razvan
Excellent closed up .Good pov and sharp image with good detail.Colors are beautiful
TFS Michel

Superba captura si azi.
Culori frumoase si placute.

Another spectacular capture from you Razvan! Good detail fantastic brightness and lovely natural colors! Even the eye of the bird display its wonderful detail! Amazing indeed!
George Veltchev

Hi Razvan,

Excellent capture with great sharpnes and fine colors
Lovely BG, POV, DOF and details

TFS Thijs

Hello Razvan,
Great shot of this so beautiful bird. Very impressive. We saw some in Cyprus, but there not easy to capture! Congratulations,

Hello Razvan,

a great picture from this bird with good odf, pov and bg.
Maybe right (above) just clone the lonely leaf away or cut it off?

Fine colours.


Buna Razvan,
Una din cele mai frumoase inaripate surprinsa intr-una din cele mai frumoase poze de aici. Felicitari!
Numai bine,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-07-14 17:13]

Hi Razvan,

This is on my "Birds I Would Love to Meet" list. A beautiful picture showing off the amazing colors and the beautiful feathers and face. I love the slightly opened beak and the nicely shaped eye. A wonderful pose on the leaves and a superb composition. This reminds me of an elegant Oriental pring.


This is a great shot,
I can imagine the excitement you felt when you had made it, and then again when you saw it back on your computer


Hi Razvan

Lovely shot of this beautiful species. Good composition and sharpness.


Buna Razvan,
O imagine de invidiat. Calitatea detaliilor, saturatia culorilor, zgomotul de imagine invizibil, focusul perfect si compozitia sunt o incantare.
Am lipsit intr-un concediu fulger de 3 zile prin Fagaras.
Multe imagini nu am realizat, dar ma-am desprins un pic de serviciu.
Numai bine!

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