Friday, January 28, 2011

European Roller (Coracias spatulatus)

Most of our migrant birds have arrived in larger numbers than the previous year due to the good feeding conditions. Along with the butterflies, the insects have also become numerous and they have attracted the attention of many of our summer visitors. This is most apparent in the European Rollers (Coracias spatulatus) that have been especially abundant this summer. These stunning birds tend mainly to hunt by still-hunting from a perch and then pouncing on their prey on the ground. This species is also a non-breeding Palearctic migrant which means this bird comes from as far away as North Africa, Europe and parts of Asia. These birds make for fantastic photo opportunities and are yet another beautiful species to look forward to when heading out on game drive into the magnificent scenery that is RiverBend Lodge.

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