Lilac-breasted Roller - Colorful Beauty
This is one of the best photographs I ever took, with a near full moon shining from behind the bird. These beauties has 42 different recognized colors in its plumage, rendering it one of the most colorful birds in the world.
The Lilac-breasted Roller is a member of the roller family of birds. It is widely distributed in sub-Saharan Africa and the southern Arabian Peninsula, preferring open woodland and savanna; it is largely absent from treeless places. Usually found alone or in pairs, it perches conspicuously at the tops of trees, poles or other high vantage points from where it can spot insects, lizards, scorpions, snails, small birds and rodents moving about at ground level.
Nesting takes place in a natural.. more