EUROPEAN ROLLER

Something Over Tea

Bear with me: you are going to see the same bird four times in this post mainly because I only saw this one, but because this is the first time I have sighted this bird in the Eastern Cape – previously it has only appeared on my list of birds seen in the Kruger National Park – so of course I feel excited about it! As its name suggests, the European Roller (Coracias garrulous) is a migrant to this country. They start arriving in South Africa from about October and ready themselves for the long journey back to Europe, where they breed, once the cooler temperatures set in from March – another reason why I feel so fortunate having spotted this particular one.

Apart from some of the perils they must face during their annual trek from Europe to South Africa and back, there has been concern about…

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