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 http://photobotos.com/. So I will just get out of the way and let him take over. Enjoy! You can find his excellent photography at www.gregdutoit.com.
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!
35mm DSLR body,
400mm focal length,
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 www.gregdutoit.com
(click image to enlarge/original link at PhotoBotos.com)