bird behaviour, Sketchbook

European Roller- Aldbrough, East Yorkshire

A trip to study the Roller which has been seen near the B1242 at Aldbrough since early June. I was very lucky to see the bird close on arrival. What a beautiful bird, the intensity of cerulean blue was amazing even in today’s dull east coast light. A keen easterly wind was blowing and it felt cold for the middle of June, but the Roller performed beautifully for all there, feeding close for a while in the field before flying low over head. This bird is incredible in flight, effortless and beautifully coloured. I watched it fly up from the field to snatch a bee then drop back down again. It was also taking its fill of earthworms from the cultivated field. And for me this was a most memorable birthday!

Studies of European Roller on tilled field- watercolour in sketchbook. Copyright Jonathan Pomroy 2012.

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