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2 / Sep / 2009
Rock ‘n’ Roller
Indian Roller, Kabini Photograph: Dr. Sameer Rao Story: Rajesh Ramaswamy

Rock ‘n’ Roller

Headbangers of the avian world unite. Come summer, and The Rolling Stones of Kabini are ready to put on a show like no other. The Indian Roller is not a bird that believes in silent, meaningful romances. When he goes courting, he needs to let the whole world know, by serenading his mate through a spectacularly noisy ‘Rock’ show that marks the Roller’s breeding season. This burst of aural exhibitionism leaves him disinclined to further activity, especially when it comes to the fruits of love’s labours. So the female has no choice but to outsource, and nests in holes and cavities built to order by obliging woodpeckers. While loud music may be food for the soul, food for the body is a more elegant affair. A flash of blue against the dry woods with twisting and turning aerobatics that earn the Roller his name, are followed by a lazy, billowing swoop as he parachutes down to daintily pick up his dinner off the ground. On the menu are insects, frogs, lizards, and other small prey that abound in the woods and cultivated fields of Kabini. A postprandial plunge and quick bath later, it’s time to chill out with buddies over a Kabini sundowner, discussing tunes for the coming season.

We at Orange County have loved sharing this story with you, and shall bring you one every fortnight, as part of our Responsible Tourism Initiatives to raise awareness about the nature and culture of the environments we operate in.

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  1. Dr. Jayesh Mehta says:

    Excellent pic,doc. Like to know what settings were used and was it dusk time?

  2. S. Devanand says:

    This article rocks and rolls all the way into one’s heart! The copy is brilliantly witty as always. The writer, R. Rajesh, is my mentor and ad guru. Way to go, Rajesh!

  3. priyanka says:

    lovely picture wish i could do such kind of photography
    this surely is a wonderful creation by God

  4. Nandakumar says:

    Lovely close-up that reflects the metallic gleam of the colourful feathers. Yet another reminder of God’s creation!

  5. N Bampton says:

    Wonderful photograph, wish we were back in Orange County. Regards from Lincoln England. XXX

  6. Diwakaran Nair says:

    Once again a lovely issue. This time bird is not as dramatic as monitor and emeral dove. It can be that since it is more common, it is more difficult to get ‘wow’ image. In others, even the animal is so dramatic. But still nice picture, and wonderful way of giving description. My family are fans of this.
    Mr. Ramapuram, thanks for the explanation, on the photo selection process. And also for kind words in last issue. Wishing your company and editorial team all success.

  7. Jose Ramapuram, Director - Marketing, Orange County Resorts says:

    The idea behind the Lifescapes initiative was very simple. We wished to tell people a story on the nature and culture of our land, through an outstanding photograph. Our underlying philosophy has been to showcase the subject within a certain aesthetic framework. To this extent, we sift through hundreds of photographs to weed out the grain from the chaff, before arriving at an image that can grace this page. For each photo-essay, the parameters we use are in this order and priority:

    1. The photograph has to be compelling enough to move the viewer.
    2. The photograph has to be representative of the local nature or culture.
    3. The story accompanying the image should be light, enjoyable, yet factual.

    The idea is not to use only images that can be traced back to our immediate environment, but to focus on and showcase the subject in all its glory, and propagate the larger cause of conservation through a meaningful conversation.

  8. praveen kumar says:

    This picture appears to have been taken in Hesaraghatta (Bangalore) and not at Kabini. There are lots, hundreds I should say, of Roller pictures of Kabini. Rollers resting on the stumps of the Kabini backwaters is common and very familiar to the regular visitors to Kabini. This picture definitely does not give that impact of Kabini. It is a good picture but more justice could have been done, if it was a Roller picture sitting on the stumps.

  9. C.M.Mistry says:

    i can only say God is great and very kind to creat such a colourful Indian Roller

  10. Shweta Jagadesh says:

    An incredible still of “Indian Roller”.
    The natural beauty of Kabini is really appreciable.
    Dr.Sameer Rao deserves a round of applause and tremendous gratitude.
    Keep sending the good work of such remarkable and outstanding talents of our country.

  11. seema says:

    amazing pic and the bird,what a capture!

  12. Geetanjali says:

    Beautiful image of the Roller

  13. Kirana says:

    This pic by Dr. Sameer is AWESOME!
    I have seen a few of these birds at Kanha national park and when in flight the blue is simply amazing!

  14. Kumaraguru says:

    Yet again, colorful stunning photograph. Beautiful indeed!

  15. Sreesha says:

    Fantastic one. Just goes to prove the flora and fauna in parts of karnataka is intact. Way to go!

  16. shivu.k says:

    This is the state of bird of Karnataka state. nice picture. thanks. to Dr. sameer sir and Onenge county.

    Shivu.k ARPS.

  17. Jwala says:

    Another personal observation of the roller pair from the few courting and mating instances that I’ve seen is that the male usually has an insect in its beak (maybe as a bribe) and after the few seconds of mating the female insect takes the insect and the male flies away. I’ve seen in this in a couple of instances. Anyone else observed this too?

  18. P D Bajoria says:

    I am astonished to see the beautiful picture of Indian Roller. The photographer must be commended for a great shot. Please do keep sending such natural pics

  19. Vikram Nanjappa - Chief Naturalist Orange County Kabini says:

    There are two sub-species of the Indian Roller. The one shown here is Coracias benghalensis benghalensis which is the sub – species found in Kabini. The other Coracias benghalensis affinis which is found in the North East of our subcontinent has purplish brown underparts instead of rufous – brown underparts, blue streaking on the throat instead of white streaking and dark corners to its tail instead of the dark terminal band seen here. Both sub – species share the same behavioral traits.

  20. Rania says:

    a breathtakingly beautiful bird and image. thank you! we enjoyed seeing him and reading the story

  21. nitesh says:

    God have very well painted them..

  22. AB Apana says:

    Another excellent image!

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