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Good morning......
Thank you for all your support while I was away in the bush, nice to be home.
A big thank you to Barry (Bravdo) for his UA, much appreciated.
The epz birders would have loved visiting Thornybush private game reserve as the bird life is great this time of the year. Photographing them is another thing altogether as the vehicle is noisy and as you approach them they fly away. I also never have the correct lens on at the timeGrinGrin
The European roller(Coracias garrulus) have brightly coloured plumage and a hooked bill. The rollers are medium sized \old World birds and are the only member of the roller family to bread in Europe. It is a bird of warm, dry, open country with scattered trees, preferring lowland open countryside and plains with scattered thorny or leafy trees. It nests in tree holes. The European roller is a long distant migrant, wintering in southern Africa. This species has apparently undergone moderately rapid declines across its global range and it is consequently considered Near Threatened.
Have a nice day......
My hubby Rob is going in to hospital today for a total hip replacement, we are both scared, but know he will be able to walk so much better in a few weeks time....will catch up with you all later today...

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D5300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 G VR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:15 Mar 2014 - 8:26 AM
Focal Length:270mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/6.3
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:European roller
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:19 Mar 2014 - 4:10 AM
Tags:European roller, Wildlife / nature
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jaktis
jaktis Plus Member 1184 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
19 Mar 2014 - 5:30 AM

Lovely colours

Peter

andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2014 - 5:43 AM

SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

CarolG
CarolG Plus Member 8185 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2014 - 5:49 AM

A fine capture, Colleen. All the very best for Rob's op today, I'm sure all will go well, and no doubt he will be walking a lot better before long. Carol

Lynniesefforts
Lynniesefforts Plus Member 4Lynniesefforts vcard Australia
19 Mar 2014 - 5:50 AM

A beautiful bird Colleen.
All the best to Rob for his surgery .

Lynette Grin

ddolfelin
ddolfelin Plus Member 372 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2014 - 6:15 AM

Best of luck for today.

Good bird picture!

NDODS
NDODS Plus Member 44244 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom115 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2014 - 6:34 AM

An interesting and informative narrative supported by a beautifully captured image of this beautifully impressive bird. The colours of which are quite special.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

P.S. I hope everything goes well with Robs operation. Thinking of you both

Andysnapper
Andysnapper Plus Member 7109 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England25 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2014 - 6:40 AM

An excellent shot Colleen and a lovely little bird.

My mate has had both his hips replaced in the past 2 years and he now can go out walking with us again, a new man. Good luck today.

Andy

LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce Plus Member 7LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2014 - 6:50 AM

What a pretty creature and nicely posed for you too. I guess bird photography there will get easier as electric vehicles are deployed!

Good luck to hubby with the hip op.

Caziwinkles
19 Mar 2014 - 6:51 AM

A superb shot and great write up Colleen.
Looks a lovely bird.
Hope all goes well today - he will be like a new man! Smile

Carol

accipiter
accipiter Plus Member 5accipiter vcard England58 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2014 - 6:53 AM

A lovely shot of this relatively rare species Colleen.
All the best for your husbands surgery. A

mistere
mistere Plus Member 2mistere vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2014 - 7:27 AM

Lovely capture Colleen.
Best wishes to you both.

Dave.

kuvailija
kuvailija Plus Member 3kuvailija vcard Finland
19 Mar 2014 - 7:48 AM

Lovelöy colourfull birding capture ! ---- All the best to Rob for his surgery!!!!!!!!!!! --- Jukka.

781969
781969  1 India
19 Mar 2014 - 7:51 AM

Lovely light beautiful closeup.

Vikram.

digital_boi
19 Mar 2014 - 8:14 AM

nice one Colleen all will go well with the replacement and he will be a new man the exercise is the key after the operation but take it easy

Graham

Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 Plus Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2014 - 8:48 AM

A great capture Colleen a lovely colourful bird. Smile Hope all goese well with your husband, my brother in law had his hip replaced last Saturday and was home on Tuesday.


Cliff

ali63
ali63 Plus Member 3662 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2014 - 8:49 AM

A beauty Colleen, I'm sure everything will go well for Rob today, I will be thinking of you both SmileSmile

Ali

AnneB50
AnneB50  3118 forum posts Scotland18 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2014 - 9:06 AM

Lovely image, so clear and colourful.

Good luck to Rob, keep smiling

Anne

Mollycat
Mollycat Plus Member 2Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2014 - 9:14 AM

Lovely looking bird, with your excellent narrative. Wont be long before your husband is up and running Colleen. Thinking of you both.
Peter GrinGrinGrinGrin

pentaxpatty
pentaxpatty Plus Member 2pentaxpatty vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2014 - 10:20 AM

Lovely bird with fab colours, a great and interesting write up too. glad you are home safetly, good luck to your husband too.

Best wishes to you Patty GrinGrinGrinGrin

Fred263
Fred263 Plus Member 3Fred263 vcard United Kingdom
19 Mar 2014 - 10:28 AM

Superb shot, Colleen. Welcome back to terra firma in CT.
My thoughts are with you & Rob today. I'm sure that all will go well.

Fred

brian17302
brian17302 Plus Member 3brian17302 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2014 - 10:35 AM

Great capture of this colourful bird
Hope your husbands op goes well

sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk Plus Member 6268 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2014 - 11:38 AM

stunning shot and good luck to your hubby ! i'm sure he will be fine

marshfam19
marshfam19 Plus Member 6marshfam19 vcard United Kingdom
19 Mar 2014 - 11:54 AM

Colleen, I know absolutely nothing about birds but I know I like this image. Well captured.

Mary Grin

WesternRed
WesternRed Plus Member 4WesternRed vcard Australia
19 Mar 2014 - 12:15 PM

A lovely capture with a good complementry background. Well done Colleen.
WesternRed.

Last Modified By WesternRed at 19 Mar 2014 - 12:16 PM
richmowil
richmowil Plus Member 6307 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2014 - 1:18 PM

Nice Image Colleen!! I like it a lot!!

kathrynlouise
kathrynlouise Plus Member 3421 forum postskathrynlouise vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2014 - 2:44 PM

A wonderful capture Colleen.
Thinking of you and hubby Grin

Kathryn

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC Plus Member 7TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2014 - 3:54 PM

A beautiful capture here, Colleen, very nicely posed for you Smile
My thoughts are with you and your hubby - hope all goes well Smile
Trev Smile

ColleenA
ColleenA Plus Member 3302 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2014 - 4:01 PM

An Update: Rob out of theatre, Doc says op went well...off to visit him in ICU now...catch up laterGrin

ChristineD
19 Mar 2014 - 4:19 PM

A fine capture and colours

Irishkate
Irishkate Plus Member 432 forum postsIrishkate vcard United Kingdom83 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2014 - 4:21 PM

What a beautiful bird Colleen.
Best wishes to Rob for a safe and successful operation.
Kate GrinGrinGrin

lblythe
lblythe  2 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2014 - 4:54 PM

Makes me smile. Is there a bird on it's back outside the frame? Looks as if it's landed in it's claws/feet!!
Best wishes to you and your husband today.
L

ColleenA
ColleenA Plus Member 3302 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2014 - 4:58 PM


Quote: Makes me smile. Is there a bird on it's back outside the frame? Looks as if it's landed in it's claws/feet!!
L

Now that I look at it through your eyes.... Lol... Does look like it

JuBarney
JuBarney Plus Member 4JuBarney vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2014 - 5:34 PM

A splendid shot;
hope all goes well with the op & recovery.
Ju

DicksPics
DicksPics Plus Member 4DicksPics vcard United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2014 - 5:35 PM

An excellent image, Colleen!
Very best wishes to you and Rob, today.
Richard

BIGRY1
BIGRY1 Plus Member 3BIGRY1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2014 - 6:04 PM

Beautiful bird and a beautiful captureWinkGrin
Ryan

myrab
myrab Plus Member 9myrab vcard United Kingdom
19 Mar 2014 - 6:16 PM

A super shot,

Love to you both today.

Myra

anglingandyq
anglingandyq Plus Member 2anglingandyq vcard England
19 Mar 2014 - 6:27 PM

A well captured image and great colour Colleen

Maiwand
Maiwand Plus Member 8Maiwand vcard England71 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2014 - 7:44 PM

Superbly coloured bird Colleen. Good luck with the medical persons !!!GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

Brian65
Brian65  6 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2014 - 7:46 PM

Wonderful shot Colleen, all the best to hubby, he will be running around like a two year old in a few weeks.
Brian

Sillybilly
19 Mar 2014 - 8:06 PM

Super shot nice work

kfrances
kfrances  1 United States
19 Mar 2014 - 8:27 PM

Love the sparkle in his eye, Fabulous job....Kathleen

EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE Plus Member 6EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2014 - 8:44 PM

The image is great Colleen and all the very best re your hubby's op.
Joan.

Stephen_B
Stephen_B Plus Member 9Stephen_B vcard United Kingdom
19 Mar 2014 - 8:49 PM

Colleen

Wonderful capture of this bird.

Tell your husband not to worry about the hip replacement, I had to have one 7 years ago, and I never give it a thought now.

As I was relatively young, it was a big thing for me, but my surgeon told me I would be as good as new, and he was not wrong.

Best of luck to Rob

Steve

Jenny-D
Jenny-D Plus Member 5Jenny-D vcard United Kingdom
19 Mar 2014 - 9:03 PM

Great capture Colleen, all the very best to Rob.

Jenny Smile

Holmewood
Holmewood Plus Member 2Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
19 Mar 2014 - 10:05 PM

Great shot Colleen. Hope Rob has a speedy recovery and thinking of you both. Take care. Cathy

ukgubbi
ukgubbi Plus Member 3ukgubbi vcard India
20 Mar 2014 - 12:31 AM

Lovely shot of this pretty bird. My prayers and best wishes will be with you and Rob. Don't worry every goes well.

sweetpea62
sweetpea62 Plus Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2014 - 9:26 PM

What a beauty..Lin

Chinga
Chinga Plus Member 4Chinga vcard United Kingdom
21 Mar 2014 - 12:23 PM

A very good looking bird captured... Exquisite colours on him! Grin
IB

viscostatic
21 Mar 2014 - 5:35 PM

Beautiful colours Colleen. Best wishes to Rob.

Phil.

annettep38
annettep38 Plus Member 4204 forum postsannettep38 vcard Costa Rica34 Constructive Critique Points
23 Mar 2014 - 8:23 PM

fantastic shot, gorgeous colours..!

Glostopcat
Glostopcat Plus Member 9251 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Mar 2014 - 8:39 PM

A super shot of this colourful bird, he/she stands out so well against that clear blue sky

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