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10-08-2019, 05:31 PM - 3 Likes   #9226
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Lilac-Breasted Roller in the Ngorongo Crater

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Lilac-Breasted Roller in the Ngorongo Crater
Nice shot! I was going to say that was an African species. You wonder how it managed to perch without doing itself an injury!
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Nice shot! I was going to say that was an African species. You wonder how it managed to perch without doing itself an injury!
yep, lilac-breasted roller [I] coracias caudatus [I]

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I found it in the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania
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I found it in the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania
A place I'd love to visit! We have a Roller species in Australia - the Dollar Bird. Colourful, but not quite as colourful as the African one!

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another bird [ a mean looking one ]

among the thorns

but I can't identifiy this one
can anyone help


Wattled Starling Creatophora cinerea

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Nice shot! They certainly are colorful birds.
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thank you

saw a lot more of them this trip and got several nice photos of it in that thorn bush

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the only captive water fowl on the ponds at the Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center are the two breeding adult trumpeter swans

their cygnets will be going elsewhere to be released into the wild [ these are getting big and I am surprised they are still at the zoo ]
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another bird [ a mean looking one ]

among the thorns

but I can't identifiy this one

can anyone help
Almost certainly a Wattled Starling, probably a non breeding male, since there is no wattles. Here are examples of my sightings for comparison and confirmation. The yellow behind the eye is diagnostic.
Non breeding males


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yes that looks like it

pg 500 Stevenson 's " Birds of East Africa "
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male elk in remnants of winter coat and antlers in " velvet "
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Breeding pair of Yellow Billed Ducks


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Mountain Blue Bird Sialia currucoides at nest

yellowstone

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young elk and bison yellowstone
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