European Roller - Adult

The bird was on my wish list of our region since long. It was seen near Hingna Road at about 10 a.m. The area is mixed type - deciduous forest dominated by Sag trees and undulated grasslands. There are abandoned stone quarries nearby which are full of brackish rain water during this part of the year. The nearest human habitation is ascertained at about 7 km from the location. The bird was seen perching on a dry stump of tree and was following grazing cattle. It prima facie looked different than Indian Roller. The only alternate being European Roller [Coracias garrulus]. The identification was confirmed after we (myself and Shri Avinash Londhe) saw it for about 15-20 min and particularly after looking at its flying feathers (black, unlike Blue/white banded of Indian variety) and overall. A pocket guide of Grimmett and Inskip was also referred on the spot for confirmation of id.

Surendra Agnihotri

has 17 photos, 4 trips and 202 observations.

Was added on September 20, 2014, taken on September 20, 2014. Camera used Canon Eos 7d from Canon with a shutter speed of 1/500 Sec and aperture f 5.6, at a focal length of 390 mm. This picture was viewed 396 times.


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