Lilac-Breasted Roller and Frog

Category: Nature


Photo and caption by Richard Simonsen

Watching the most beautiful Lilac-Breasted Roller while it killed its prey, a frog, was fascinating. It kneaded and squeezed until it was ready to deliver the fatal blow by swinging the unfortunate frog rapidly around in a semicircle and down so that its head slammed into the rock below. The force of the rotary motion was enough to pull the bird’s foot off the ground! The frog was then quickly swallowed.

Location: Masai Mara, Kenya


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