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Re: Roller, Lilac-breasted

Unread postby Leeukos » Sun Sep 26, 2010 7:42 pm

This beautiful bird was responsible for the death of a young German adventurer. According to a short inset in "Exploring the Kruger", the young German jumped from a wagon in his effort to shoot the bird and shot himself in the leg. He died several days later of gangrene.

Every time I see this bird in the Kruger, I think about the foolish German. So glad we have cameras to take a picture for my collection.

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Re: Roller, Lilac-breasted

Unread postby granjan » Sun Sep 26, 2010 9:48 pm

Such a beautiful bird! Always a thrill to see that flash of turquoise, however common
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Re: Roller, Lilac-breasted

Unread postby Bushbuddies » Sun Oct 03, 2010 7:20 pm

I must agree - these BEAUTIFUL birds always remind me of KNP. And they are always patient and willing to sit still for a :cam: !

My first pic - I actually took in KTP in July this year:

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And this one I took in KNP in August this year:

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Re: Roller, Lilac-breasted

Unread postby Leeukos » Tue Mar 15, 2011 6:01 pm

Whenever I visit the Kruger National Park, I see a lot of these birds. I wonder, is it because of their bright colors that one can easily see them, or are there a large number of them. :hmz:

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I believe it is the same one that flies from branch to branch and wait for me to take yet another picture of him. 8)
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Re: Roller, Lilac-breasted

Unread postby Crested Val » Tue Mar 15, 2011 8:26 pm

Have seen about 20 since Saturday, between Skukuza and Mopani!! :dance: :dance:
Have photos, but still in park so can't upload to flickr and post yet!! :cry: :cry:
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Re: Roller, Lilac-breasted

Unread postby Leeukos » Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:10 pm

Can't wait to see the photos. Hope you have a wonderful time. :D
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Re: Roller, Lilac-breasted

Unread postby Crested Val » Wed Mar 30, 2011 8:41 am

Thanks Leeukos!! :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

Some photos as promised!! :) :)


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a few bird pics from our latest KP trip

Unread postby kathy sa » Thu Jun 16, 2011 4:56 pm

Lilac Breasted Roller

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Re: a few bird pics from our latest KP trip

Unread postby kathy sa » Thu Jun 16, 2011 5:29 pm

Lilac Breasted Roller...

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Re: Roller, Lilac-breasted

Unread postby WillemK » Sun Jun 26, 2011 5:06 pm

Just for those who don't read trip reports - don't ignore the Kgalagadi trans park when it comes to rollers. There are plenty of open space making for some great photo opportunities.

Here are the Rollers of Bedinkt (watehole) in action during our visit in May/June 2011

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Re: Roller, Lilac-breasted

Unread postby Elsa » Thu Jun 30, 2011 2:42 pm

Our latest pic taken in Kruger near Red Rocks in May.

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Re: Roller, Lilac-breasted

Unread postby Crested Val » Thu Jun 30, 2011 3:32 pm

March 2011 near Letaba.


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Re: Roller, Lilac-breasted

Unread postby granjan » Sun Sep 25, 2011 11:29 pm

Like everyone else, I just love these birds and after every trip I have a big batch of pics of them.
This is p'raps the best of the latest lot.

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Re: Roller, Lilac-breasted

Unread postby granjan » Sat Oct 08, 2011 8:35 pm

I just love these birds! Yet another from my recent trip.
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Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby ekoppen » Fri Aug 03, 2012 12:04 am

We have never been into identifying birds before on our trips to KNP but I think it's time we start. Can anybody help us with the identity of this one? :doh:

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