Saturday, September 13, 2014

Saturday Critters with Eileen

Two weeks ago I posted here about the strange behavior of a Lilac-Breasted Roller while a Red-eyed Dove was building its nest.

This week I noticed the same roller on a tree in my garden . It had a mate, but if I tried to photograph them, they'd both fly off squawking loudly! 
 Lilac-breasted Roller in my garden

Today I managed to snap the pair as they sat on the same branch. It's only when I downloaded the photos, that I noticed the grasshopper in one of the birds' bills. It was going to feed young and their nest has to be in our garden!

 One of the rollers landed on the branch with a grasshopper in its bill!

Rollers make nests in holes in trees but these two seem to be flying in under the cottage eaves. I've tried to see if there's an opening there, but not seen anything yet. Meanwhile, I don't want to disturb these two dedicated parents...

I'm linking to Saturday Critters with Eileen here

Here's wishing you all a wonderful weekend.


  1. Oh Wow! Lovely captures of these beautiful and colourful birds, and how exciting to have them nesting in your own garden.
    Have a great weekend Eileen!:)

  2. Sorry for my mistake in calling you Eileen Joe!:=)

  3. Every time I see these beauties, I get so jealous!! Aren't they gorgeous. You live in a magical part of our world.

  4. Jo, these are just beautiful birds. Someday I would love to see them in person.. Great shots. Thank you for linking up to my critter party. Enjoy your weekend!

  5. The lilac breasted roller is beautiful! I've never seen a bird like that!

  6. Lovely colours on these beautiful birds.

  7. How awesome! I hope you get to see the fledgling birds!


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