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Lilac Breasted Roller, Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana

Lilac Breasted Roller, Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana
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dkvart1 December 03, 2014
Stunning little guy, excellent work!
margaretyeo December 04, 2014
brilliant capture!
JulesB December 08, 2014
A most realistic capture...excellent composition and blurred background makes this bird come alive...display quality material...outstanding job.
Roussou December 11, 2014
Beautiful capture, nice natural lighting.
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ntgreen December 22, 2014
Great detail and what colour!!!!
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Bruz December 24, 2014
Amazing colors on this little guy. Absolutely beautiful.
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sweetpea72 December 24, 2014
absolutely GORGEOUS..Love the colors..Congrats! ")
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Dacemac December 24, 2014
Superb! Congratulations!
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janland December 25, 2014
Beautiful capture! Wonderful light and detail! Congrats!
Bannekh December 26, 2014
Nice shot
KatieMcKinneyPhotography January 02, 2015
Gorgeous! Well captured!
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howie516 January 24, 2015
Stunning work on this pastel beauty!
thenickelwell May 07, 2015
What a unique find! Beautiful colors and good job utilizing the negative space.
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JDLifeshots June 04, 2015
Beautiful! Congrats.
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Andrew_Bloom July 02, 2015
Beautiful colors
nandicmb November 17, 2015
Congratulations on ALL your wins!
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CarolSadler January 02, 2016
Fantastic colorful bird and photo! Exceptional!!
gallmese April 17, 2017
fantastic colors (((((((:::::::::

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Behind The Lens

This photo was taken on my first ever safari in Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana.
We were making our way back to camp after a long day out in the Bush and had no luck in photographing the rollers - every time we stopped they flew off. Luckily this one was a bit more cooperative!
The late afternoon sun just brought out the real colours of the Lilac Breasted Roller in all their glory.
This was taken on my old Canon 400d which was acting as my spare camera body with a 100-400 lens from the jeep hand held.
The African bush is an amazing place - they say once the dirt of Africa is on you - you have to keep going back. To me this picture sums up the beauty of Africa.
I did some minor cropping to this - my skills in photoshop don't extend any further!
In my camera bag
Now my Canon 70d with my 300mm 2.8 lens is always in my kit bag, but I still use my old cameras as a spare body - just in case that chance of a life time shot appears!
Don't worry about not having the most expensive or professional range of camera equipment - go with what you can afford and the pictures will come.

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