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The Lilac-breasted Roller is found from Natal to Ethiopia. Mosilikatze, king of the Matabele reserved its feathers for his exclusive use. Its blue wings are particularly beautiful in flight.

Camera:Canon EOS 350D
Lens:Zoom EF 75-300mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Roller
Username:Averil Averil
Uploaded:22 Jan 2009 - 10:15 PM
Tags:Digitally manipulated, General, Wildlife / nature
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Grifoto
Grifoto  5 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2009 - 10:16 PM

Fantastic capture, wonderful colour !

HoPeY

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sparrowhawk e2 Member 5267 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jan 2009 - 10:19 PM

awesome in every way

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Wilmot
Wilmot  6338 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jan 2009 - 10:27 PM

Nice shot
Steve

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SRC15
SRC15  6 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2009 - 10:35 PM

Very pretty bird,, Good colours
Stuu

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whiteswan01
22 Jan 2009 - 11:06 PM

wow gorgeous bird
Dawn

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chappo1  6 Australia5 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jan 2009 - 11:47 PM

Nice separation from the background and good eye contact...john

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GT_Steel
GT_Steel  8 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2009 - 7:51 AM

Great looking bird. I have seen them up close over in South Africa and there wings are really amazing as you say. Great Picture.

Gavin

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motorsportpictures

superb shot...
Scott

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Annette
Annette  93 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jan 2009 - 11:41 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Beautiful bird. It looks like there is an issue with focusing here however. Most of the focus is centred on the foliage below and not on the bird. When shooting birds close up concentrate on the head. In close ups like this it is far more important to get the head in focus. It is also quite noisy. Some kind of noise reduction software would help here or simply isolate the bird and some of the fore vegetation and blur the rest slightly.

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Gezina
Gezina  7 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jan 2009 - 9:51 PM

Hi Averil by far one of my favourite birds to see in the Kruger, if you look at the top of the head the shot looks over exposed, you did get a nice catchligh on the eye so I think your aim was on the head, if you haven't got the software to correct the exposure I would be tempted to under expose the shot in the camera - especially on bright, sunny days, if you can take a test shot first and look at the histogram of the shot - if it is under exposed the histrogram would be more to the left, over exposure would show on a thin line on the right rather then a even exposure thoughout the histogram - hope this helps - regards Ina

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