European Roller – close up!

This is a video clip of a European Roller taken with my iPhone 12 Pro Max this evening. The bird was very relaxed and I was able to drive up to approx 2.5 meters (8 feet). I love its colors!

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From Europe to Africa

Today’s picture is an image of a European Roller, one of my favorite “Summer-Birds” in South Africa.

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About European Rollers:

The European Roller (Coracias garrulus) is the only member of the roller family of birds to breed in Europe. It is a long-distance migrant, wintering in southern Africa.

Rollers 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.