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European Roller (Coracias garrulus)

Another from my Cyprus trip. I was very pleased to finally get a decent shot of this beautiful bird. We saw quite a few, but mainly on telegraph wires along the road - and either we couldn't stop, or the sun was behind them. But I struck lucky with this one as I was able to pull up behind a bush then get out and stalk closer. Still not ideal lighting but a far better result than my previous attempts.

 

A couple of the earlier attempts in the comments.

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Taken on July 16, 2012