Lilac Breasted Roller by Debbie Schiff
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I caught this lovely colourful bird in flight at Sun City. Canon 300D.
!The Lilac-breasted Roller, Coracias caudatus, is a member of the roller family of birds. It is widely distributed in sub-Saharan Africa and the southern Arabian Peninsula, preferring open woodland and savannah; it is largely absent from treeless places. Usually found alone or in pairs, it perches conspicuously at the tops of trees, poles or other high vantage points from where it can spot insects, lizards, scorpions, snails, small birds and rodents moving about at ground level. Nesting takes place in a natural hole in a tree where a clutch of 2–4 eggs is laid, and incubated by both parents, who are extremely aggressive in defence of their nest, taking on raptors and other birds. During the breeding season the male will rise to great heights, descending in swoops and dives, while uttering harsh, discordant cries. The sexes are alike in colouration. They are an endangered species, so make sure to be careful around them.!

Extract from Wikipedia

To see detail of this gorgeous bird by Betty Smith Voce

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  • Neil Ludford
    Neil Ludfordover 5 years ago

    A fabulos picture, well done.

  • Olitto
    Olittoover 5 years ago

    Perfect stop action photography Debbie. Rollers get their name from their impressive courtship flight, a fast, shallow dive from considerable elevation with a rolling or fast rocking motion, accompanied by loud raucous calls. Great work!

  • Debbie Schiff
    Debbie Schiffover 5 years ago

    This photo was set on ‘continuous’ setting on my camera and this one came out best! I was very lucky here as they are incredibly quick! Thanks!!!

  • Heather Ward
    Heather Wardover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous photo! I love these birds, they are so colorful.

  • Adrian Paul
    Adrian Paulover 5 years ago

  • Debbie Schiff
    Debbie Schiffover 5 years ago

    Thank you so much Adrian and the team for the feature….. appreciated!

  • Heps
    Hepsover 5 years ago

    Great shot! Very well done!

  • Vickie Burt
    Vickie Burtover 5 years ago

    Beautiful photo of a very shy bird! Congrats of getting such a great shot!!

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpover 5 years ago

  • Debbie Schiff
    Debbie Schiffover 5 years ago

    Thanks all for the votes on Top Ten Winner ‘Vision of Flight’ And congratulations to Dan as Winner!

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