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Roller, Lilac-breasted

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Re: Roller, Lilac-breasted

Unread postby Elsa » Mon Aug 03, 2009 4:47 pm

Oh, these most gorgeous birds, we can't resist taking pics of them.
Our latest, taken in Kruger in June.

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Re: Roller, Lilac-breasted

Unread postby Sprocky » Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:07 pm

Great shots all of you, now I have a question. Is this one sitting in a nest or just on a hole in the tree?

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Re: Roller, Lilac-breasted

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Sep 26, 2009 4:20 pm

Not sure Sprocky.

I was lucky to see a pair at a nest very close to the Balule bridge Sept 2009:

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Re: Roller, Lilac-breasted

Unread postby RUMURUTI » Sat Sep 26, 2009 4:46 pm

Found there two chattering away just outside Letaba

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Re: Roller, Lilac-breasted

Unread postby Spinnekop » Mon Oct 12, 2009 9:41 am

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This was not actually taken in a National Park. I took this photo, (not with a very good camera) on my sisters farm close to Thabazimbi but thought it would be apreciated. These two chicks were VERY vocal! The one was definately bigger than the other one and the parents worked over time to feed them. I do however think it's a 'Reuse Troupant' and not a 'Gewone Troupant' Sorry for the Afrikaans.

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Re: Roller, Lilac-breasted

Unread postby flying cheetah » Mon Oct 12, 2009 10:18 pm

Great pics noel :clap:
I love the idea of a Lilac-breasted Roller causing a traffic jam :P
I hope the bird broke the sting of the scorpion when he picked it up..
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Re: Roller, Lilac-breasted

Unread postby Barcud » Wed Nov 25, 2009 7:49 pm

One of my favourites when in Kruger

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Re: Roller, Lilac-breasted

Unread postby Robbie A » Tue May 04, 2010 11:11 pm

Outside Letaba last weekend.

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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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