European roller

By ColleenA
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...

Tags: Wildlife and nature European roller

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jaktis 14 84 Sweden
19 Mar 2014 5:30AM
Lovely colours


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andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2014 5:43AM
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
19 Mar 2014 5:49AM
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
A beautiful bird Colleen.
All the best to Rob for his surgery .

Lynette Grin
ddolfelin Plus
6 103 3 Wales
19 Mar 2014 6:15AM
Best of luck for today.

Good bird picture!
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2014 6:34AM
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 10 109 25 England
19 Mar 2014 6:40AM
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.

LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2014 6:50AM
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 5 3 1 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2014 6:51AM
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

19 Mar 2014 6:53AM
A lovely shot of this relatively rare species Colleen.
All the best for your husbands surgery. A
mistere Plus
4 4 3 England
19 Mar 2014 7:27AM
Lovely capture Colleen.
Best wishes to you both.

19 Mar 2014 7:48AM
Lovelöy colourfull birding capture ! ---- All the best to Rob for his surgery!!!!!!!!!!! --- Jukka.
Bantu 4 7 1 India
19 Mar 2014 7:51AM
Lovely light beautiful closeup.

19 Mar 2014 8:14AM
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

Nikonuser1 Plus
5 153 16 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2014 8:48AM
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.

ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2014 8:49AM
A beauty Colleen, I'm sure everything will go well for Rob today, I will be thinking of you both SmileSmile

AnneB50 6 118 18 Scotland
19 Mar 2014 9:06AM
Lovely image, so clear and colourful.

Good luck to Rob, keep smiling

Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2014 9:14AM
Lovely looking bird, with your excellent narrative. Wont be long before your husband is up and running Colleen. Thinking of you both.
Peter GrinGrinGrinGrin
19 Mar 2014 10:20AM
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
19 Mar 2014 10:28AM
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.

19 Mar 2014 10:35AM
Great capture of this colourful bird
Hope your husbands op goes well
19 Mar 2014 11:38AM
stunning shot and good luck to your hubby ! i'm sure he will be fine
19 Mar 2014 11:54AM
Colleen, I know absolutely nothing about birds but I know I like this image. Well captured.

Mary Grin
A lovely capture with a good complementry background. Well done Colleen.
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
19 Mar 2014 1:18PM
Nice Image Colleen!! I like it a lot!!
19 Mar 2014 2:44PM
A wonderful capture Colleen.
Thinking of you and hubby Grin

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
19 Mar 2014 3:54PM
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 Plus
5 367 6 Australia
19 Mar 2014 4:01PM
An Update: Rob out of theatre, Doc says op went to visit him in ICU now...catch up laterGrin
19 Mar 2014 4:19PM
A fine capture and colours
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2014 4:21PM
What a beautiful bird Colleen.
Best wishes to Rob for a safe and successful operation.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
19 Mar 2014 4:54PM
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.
ColleenA Plus
5 367 6 Australia
19 Mar 2014 4:58PM

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!!

Now that I look at it through your eyes.... Lol... Does look like it
JuBarney 7 26 3 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2014 5:34PM
A splendid shot;
hope all goes well with the op & recovery.
19 Mar 2014 5:35PM
An excellent image, Colleen!
Very best wishes to you and Rob, today.
6 3 8 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2014 6:04PM
Beautiful bird and a beautiful captureWinkGrin
myrab 12 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2014 6:16PM
A super shot,

Love to you both today.

19 Mar 2014 6:27PM
A well captured image and great colour Colleen
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
19 Mar 2014 7:44PM
Superbly coloured bird Colleen. Good luck with the medical persons !!!GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2014 7:46PM
Wonderful shot Colleen, all the best to hubby, he will be running around like a two year old in a few weeks.
19 Mar 2014 8:06PM
Super shot nice work
19 Mar 2014 8:27PM
Love the sparkle in his eye, Fabulous job....Kathleen
9 10 10 England
19 Mar 2014 8:44PM
The image is great Colleen and all the very best re your hubby's op.
19 Mar 2014 8:49PM

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

19 Mar 2014 9:03PM
Great capture Colleen, all the very best to Rob.

Jenny Smile
19 Mar 2014 10:05PM
Great shot Colleen. Hope Rob has a speedy recovery and thinking of you both. Take care. Cathy
ukgubbi 6 5 India
20 Mar 2014 12:31AM
Lovely shot of this pretty bird. My prayers and best wishes will be with you and Rob. Don't worry every goes well.
20 Mar 2014 9:26PM
What a beauty..Lin
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2014 12:23PM
A very good looking bird captured... Exquisite colours on him! Grin
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2014 5:35PM
Beautiful colours Colleen. Best wishes to Rob.

annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
23 Mar 2014 8:23PM
fantastic shot, gorgeous colours..!
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
23 Mar 2014 8:39PM
A super shot of this colourful bird, he/she stands out so well against that clear blue sky

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