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The European Roller

The European Roller
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Copyright: Zahoor Ahmed (zahoor_salmi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 101 W: 0 N: 792] (5820)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-25
Categories: Nature
Camera: Cannon 40D, Canon 400mm L 5.6
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-03 11:14
Viewed: 1553
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The European Roller, Coracias garrulus, is the only member of the roller family of birds to breed in Europe. Its overall range extends into the Middle East and Central Asia and Morocco.

There are two subspecies: the nominate garrulus, which breeds from in north Africa from Morocco east to Tunisia, southwest and south-central Europe and Asia Minor east through northwest Iran to southwest Siberia; and semenowi, which breeds in Iraq and Iran (except northwest) east to Kashmir and north to Turkmenistan, south Kazakhstan and northwest China (west Xinjiang). The European Roller is a long-distance migrant, wintering in southern Africa in two distinct regions, from Senegal east to Cameroon and from Ethiopia west to Congo and south to South Africa.

It is a bird of warm, dry, open country with scattered trees, preferring lowland open countryside with patches of oak Quercus forest, mature pine Pinus woodland with heathery clearings, orchards, mixed farmland, river valleys, and plains with scattered thorny or leafy trees. It winters primarily in dry wooded savanna and bushy plains, where it typically nests in tree holes.

The European Roller is a stocky bird, the size of a Jackdaw at 2932 cm in length with a 5258 cm wingspan; it is mainly blue with an orange-brown back. Rollers often perch prominently on trees, posts or overhead wires, like giant shrikes, whilst watching for the large insects, small reptiles, rodents and frogs that they eat.

This species is striking in its strong direct flight, with the brilliant blue contrasting with black flight feathers. Sexes are similar, but the juvenile is a drabber version of the adult.

The display of this bird is a lapwing-like display, with the twists and turns that give this species its English name. It nests in an unlined tree or cliff hole, and lays up to six eggs.

The call is a harsh crow-like sound. It gives a raucous series of calls when nervous.

Some populations migrate to Africa through India. A collision with an aircraft over the Arabian Sea has been recorded.[1]

The European Roller has a large global population, including an estimated 100,000-220,000 individuals in Europe. However, following a moderate decline during 1970-1990, the species has continued to decline especially in Europe, with overall European exceeding 30% in three generations (15 years). In Estonia the 50-100 pairs in 1998 have reduced to no known breeding pairs in 2004; in Latvia and Lithuania populations have decreased from several thousand of pairs in the 1970s to under 30 pairs in 2004. In Russia it has disappeared from the northern part of its range. However, there is no evidence of any declines in Central Asia.

The declines in the European population has resulted in its Red List status being upgraded from Least Concern to Near Threatened in 2005. Threats include persecution on migration in some Mediterranean countries and hundreds, perhaps thousands, are shot for food in Oman every spring. Use of pesticides reduces food availability, and the species is sensitive to changing farming and forestry practices.

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Hello Zahoor

Nice capture. The image is very sharp. Very good POV.


Hi Zahoor , i could spend hours admiring your images , there is such a fantastic appeal throughout your portfolio for me to linger a long time , this photo is no exception but.. there is a but.. well , if you have been wondering why you get few comments on your photos let me explain : Treklens is a photo sharing site and each member is allowed to submit his/her photos for other members of the community to see and further get comments or critiques from those other viewers by showing their appreciation of his/her images , ideally that you comment/critique the others' work after recieving some from those same others on your own work is only mutual and reciprocal participation in making a better Treklens for all to enjoy , you know Zahoor it can be a few words a few lines as to what you like or you dislike and how a photo can be improved ( your experience could be of great help ) , no matter what language you use ( we can always translate ). Increase your participation by reviewing other images and you can expect the number of reviewers on your own photos to rise more than you can think , this is and shall do the trick sir , as simple as that !
Thanks for sharing your photos and thanks for sharing your reviews as well ,
Happy New Year ,

Beautifully sharp!!

I see so many comments on here about "amazing sharpness" when the images are blurred and not as good as they should be. This shot here is sharp, it's just wonderful. Lovely clarity, great glint in his eye and beautifully blurred background.

Really an awesome shot. Stunning.

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  • harpya Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6058 W: 174 N: 1935] (7534)
  • [2011-01-03 16:26]

Ciao Zahoor,

A lovely bird in a fine pose!
Excellent details in the plumage and
the colours are nicely reproduced...
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
A wonderful composition, lovely colors,
good presentation.

Best regards from Brazil

๑۩۞۩๑ Sergio ๑۩۞۩๑

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  • cbcs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 115] (1139)
  • [2011-01-03 16:27]

Don't think I have seen many shots with such clarity.

Amazing capture.

Une vraie merveille!

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