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Lilac Breasted Roller

By old timer  
One of the most beautiful birds I've ever seen, with lovely pastel colours. It was photographed in the wild, in the middle of Pilansberg game reserve, South Africa, and I was lucky to have a long lens on the camera at the time. It apparently gets its name from the fact that when displaying in the mating season it tumbles or rolls in mid air - a rather aerodynamically-risky technique, I'd have thought.

Tags: Bird South africa Pastel Lilac breasted roller S africa Game reserve Wildlife and nature

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SurreyHillsMan 13 27 2 England
29 Aug 2008 6:42AM
Geat image, lovely detail and composition, beautiful bird

VIKI 14 18 1 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2008 7:17AM
How absolutely beautiful.
mrsvee 12 1 England
29 Aug 2008 7:32AM
Super close-up image.
Lovely colour & detail.
Well done.
KBan 15 512 4 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2008 7:42AM
a cracker Jim
HenB 12 6
29 Aug 2008 7:55AM
Great shot of a most colourful bird.
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
29 Aug 2008 8:01AM
Extraordinary colours

trissie 14 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2008 8:05AM
A beautiful image of a lovely colourful bird.

Shroomer 14 14 167 England
29 Aug 2008 8:51AM
Very fine image of a brilliant bird, like the composition and detail on this
BERTRAM 12 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2008 9:40AM
That is a beautiful shot.
kaybee Plus
16 7.5k 26 Scotland
29 Aug 2008 10:27AM
Marvelous colours
Cormy 13 3 England
29 Aug 2008 10:57AM
Awesome image.The detail is superb.
deavilin 16 352 1 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2008 2:14PM
Such a lovely delicate little bird it is beautiful so well taken too I wish we had them around here Smile

lammie 16
29 Aug 2008 3:52PM
Very nice capture of a lovely bird.
JonMA 14 13 1 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2008 4:43PM
Lovely shot, I would brighten up the eye a little, I think it would make quite a diference.
old timer 16 55 1 Scotland
29 Aug 2008 5:41PM
Thanks, everyone.

Jon - you're right. I've prepared a copy for one of my nine projected image entries at the camera club next season and in that one I've put in a small highlight.
davidbailie 17 457 7 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2008 10:27PM
Good to see you back Jim - For your sake I hope Temporarily -

and yes indeed - Rollers - beautiful birds grew up amongst them - in particular the Mozelekatse Roller (the name we knew it by in Zimbabwe - Rhodesia) which I think in fact is the Lilac breasted Roller.

Hope you had a wonderful time - dying to go back there myself

Portknockie 16 48 Scotland
2 Sep 2008 9:39AM
This is a stunning bird the colours you have captured...


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