Willem’s Weekly Bird Photography blog (#7)

Week 7: Lilac-breasted Roller (Gewone troupant)(Coracias caudatus)

We are staying north for next month’s bird but they can be found elsewhere in northern part of South Africa – the Lilac-breasted Roller:

 

Roller breakfast

Roller breakfast

Nikon D3S, Nikkor 600mmf4 fixed lens, ISO 1000, f7.1, 1/2000, exposure = -0.33, WB = sunlight, Aperture mode, 15 meters from bird

Chobe River, Nature Reserve, Botswana, November 2011

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Roller breakfast 2 1024 500k 300d sRGB KRoller breakfast 2

Nikon D3S, Nikkor 600mmf4 fixed lens, ISO 1250, f7.1, 1/3200, exposure = -0.33, WB = sunlight, Aperture mode, 15 meters from bird

Chobe River, Nature Reserve, Botswana, November 2011

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Interesting facts:

It is widely distributed in sub-Sahara Africa, preferring open woodland and savanna; 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 coloration. Juveniles do not have the long tail feathers that adults do. It is the national bird of Botswana and the group gets its name from the aerial acrobatics some of these birds perform during courtship or territorial flights.  (Wikipedia) All rollers, including the lilac breasted rollers, are highly territorial. They are also thought to be monogamous. (http://www.sabisabi.com/wildfacts/lilac-breasted-roller)

The distribution map:

Roller distribution map

 

Until next week – keep an eye on the birds and keep on shooting.

 

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