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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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Comments


SurreyHillsMan 12 27 2 England
29 Aug 2008 6:42AM
Geat image, lovely detail and composition, beautiful bird

Jon

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VIKI 13 18 1 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2008 7:17AM
How absolutely beautiful.
mrsvee 11 1 England
29 Aug 2008 7:32AM
Super close-up image.
Lovely colour & detail.
Well done.
Vee.
KBan 14 512 4 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2008 7:42AM
a cracker Jim
keith
HenB 11 6
29 Aug 2008 7:55AM
Great shot of a most colourful bird.
jaktis 16 84 Sweden
29 Aug 2008 8:01AM
Extraordinary colours

Peter
trissie 13 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2008 8:05AM
A beautiful image of a lovely colourful bird.

Trish
Shroomer 13 14 167 England
29 Aug 2008 8:51AM
Very fine image of a brilliant bird, like the composition and detail on this
Richard
BERTRAM 11 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2008 9:40AM
That is a beautiful shot.
Dave
kaybee 15 6.9k 26 Scotland
29 Aug 2008 10:27AM
Marvelous colours
Cormy 12 3 England
29 Aug 2008 10:57AM
Awesome image.The detail is superb.
Cheers
Alan
deavilin 15 352 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

Charlotte
lammie 15
29 Aug 2008 3:52PM
Very nice capture of a lovely bird.
Don
JonMA 13 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.
Jon
old timer 15 55 1 Scotland
29 Aug 2008 5:41PM
Thanks, everyone.
Jim

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 16 457 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

db
Portknockie 15 48 Scotland
2 Sep 2008 9:39AM
This is a stunning bird Jim..love the colours you have captured...

Don

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