Species: Lilac-Breasted Roller | Location: Maasai Mara, Kenya
We were on safari in the Maasai Mara. I love the Lilac-Breasted Rollers and had lots of pictures of them sitting on a branch, but I really wanted a take-off. We sat and waited for numerous birds to take off. Sometimes they didn't move, sometimes they took off in the wrong direction and most the time I wasn't quick enough to get a good shot. Finally one did take off in the right direction. I was quick enough because after watching all the ones I missed, I started to learn how the birds behave just prior to take-off.
About The Photographer
I'm an avid traveler who is trying to see as many areas of the world as possible. My goal is to see these environments before they are significantly impacted by climate change. I was shooting Nikon, but switched to Canon in 2014. Macros of flowers and plants were my first SLR subjects, but once I purchased longer lenses I've added birds, mammals and pretty much anything that moves. After each trip I make presentations in the local community, to try to build awareness of these areas and the issues that they face. Hopefully this will encourage more people to contribute to the support of these fragile environments.
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