Rollers Are Bigger in Botswana

From the Maasai Mara to Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater, I tried to photograph this brilliant bird, flashing even more color in flight. The roller name comes from a playful high dive that is part of its courtship display. Flying up for 10 meters, it seems intent on a suicide dive bomb. At the last minute, it flaps, gaining speed. Now flying very fast, it rolls to right and left 4 or 5 times in a couple of seconds, like a pilot saying farewell with a dip of the wing. Swooping up, it repeats the show. Hang around: this species actually breeds “on the wing.”  Read More 

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