A most amazing looking Bird!
Popular bird to photograph, this roller species was a lot of
good fun on this latest tour in Tanzania. Our guides were able to
help us find several opportunities, with some very
Close enough for the D300 / 200-400 combination,
without using the teleconverters, we found this bird to be
very confident, and stubborn about its perch.
They hunt much like our fly-catchers, sitting low on
an open perch, and quickly racing out to snatch a bug,
or flying insect. The combination of a healthy population
of these birds, and also the Little Bee-eaters made
our almost bug free trip much more enjoyable!
I did get a bee sting, not long after peeling and eating an orange!
Once I washed my hands, and discarded the peels, we were fine.
Ouch! on the inside of my 3rd finger!
So, my opinion suggests that the Lilac-breasted Roller
is the most beautiful bird in the world., though
I am sure some folks have different opinions!
I sure look forward to more chances like this while
working on the January 2012 Tour.