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Lilac Breasted Roller – Greg du Toit – Featured Photographer


“Lilac Breasted Roller”– Northern Serengeti, Africa  – Greg du Toit – Featured Photographer

Charlie’s Super Fantastic Photo Tip of the Day:  Patience! Don’t leave too early.  Example: While in Yellowstone recently, I was watching a Grizzly with a dozen other people. Most of them had been there for two hours waiting for him to wake up. When he started to walk away everyone left.  My family and I stuck around and within 10 minutes he started chasing a bison herd right towards us!  Well worth the wait.

I have been a big fan of Greg’s work for quite a while and am really stoked to have him on So I will just get out of the way and let him take over. Enjoy! You can find his excellent photography at

Enter Greg:

The Lilac Breasted Roller (Corocia Scaudata) is surely one of Africa’s most attractive birds and it is said to sport a variety of seven different colours. Every wildlife photographer likes to have a prized roller shot in his or her collection and for some reason I did not yet have mine.

Driving through the Northern Serengeti one beautiful sunny morning, I noticed a roller of the lilac-breasted variety, swoop down and catch a grasshopper. The roller flew off and as usual I thought to myself, “Oh well, another roller shot missed”! Just as the vehicle was pulling off and with my frustrated fists still clenched, I noticed the roller land on a few small and distant rocks. We decided to drive around and stopping the vehicle a safe distance away, I let off a few frames. The bird was however too small in my lens and since I, mostly photograph mammals and predators, this is often the case. I decided to go for broke, and climbing out the car I inched closer to my colorful subject. To my delight, the roller was so preoccupied in trying to kill and swallow its grasshopper breakfast that it let me approach to within a few meters. I waited for the roller to flip the grasshopper into the air before unleashing a torrent of shutter and mirror flips. I was glad I did, as a second later, the grasshopper was swallowed and the roller alighted.

Returning to camp, I had a rare but content smile on my face. It is not often that things go right for a wildlife photographer and when they do, you need to enjoy the moment!

Technical Details:

35mm DSLR body,

400mm focal length,

ISO 400



Beanbag for support.


About the Photographer: Greg du Toit is a fine art wildlife photographer whose works are raw and timeless, conveying intimate interactions with the natural world. This intimacy, as a signature theme, has brought him international acclaim whereby he was recently invited to exhibit his work in a solo exhibition hosted by the National Geographic in London. The exhibit titled ‘Africa’ sold out and to see more of his work or to join him on a photographic safari or workshop go to

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One response

  1. amazingn~

    June 18, 2012 at 3:47 pm

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