From a couple of weekends ago at Kivisili in Cyprus. Taken by my father, Larry.
See the entire post for a nice photo sequence of the bird.
Beautiful, isn’t it?
Sadly though, European Rollers have in recent years undergone moderately rapid declines across its global range and it is consequently considered Near Threatened. Scientists fear that their dwindling numbers may be a warning of widespread environmental damage. Climate change, drought and desertification in Africa, and massive pesticide use on African farmland may all be to blame for the declines. For some reason though, the population appears stable here in Cyprus at least.