Photo of the Week: Beautiful But Deadly

04-15-2013 // NWF Staff

lilac-breasted roller 

Africa’s lilac-breasted rollers are particularly colorful birds with their springlike colors, but they are also very aggressive. They perch at high vantage points to spot prey, which include small amphibians, lizards and insects. They then swoop in and batter their captives before swallowing them whole. Mark Van Bergh noticed this roller in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve. He writes, “It’s one of the most beautiful birds in the Mara, and this one displayed great patience as I photographed it.” The Virginia resident photographed from a vehicle and used a Sony A700 camera with a 600mm lens on a bean bag.

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