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Roller Hide Bence's Farm, Pusztaszer, Hungary Book now
We offer three hides for photographing this beautiful, highly protected bird. Since 2006, three pairs of rollers are nesting every year in the nestboxes we put out for them. Their stirring life can be photographed for two continuous months, just as they occupy the nestboxes, breed and raise their youngs. Details >>
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate
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Roller Hide - Details


The hides are 20-300 and 600 meter away from the farm and all of them approachable by car. The rollers are back from Africa sometimes around the end of April and immediately start looking for appropriate nesting site. They spend most of their time around the occupied nest box, defending it from other rivals. The ideal nest box is at 3 meter height, and in order to have a good background all the hides were built on the top of an embankment above the boxes. Rollers can be very aggressive when it comes to possessing the nest boxes, they can often be seen in bloody aerial fight. The copulation happens between the 8th and 20th of May depending on weather circumstances. They mate 4-5 times a day, once at least in front of the hide on the branch. However, they regularly visit the nest box and rest on the tree branch which is in front of the box. The male goes hunting and feeds the female about every 20 minutes with arthropods, rodents, snakes, lizards and frogs of all kind. The distance between the hides and branches can be varied from 4-15 meters, but usually it is set for 7-8 meters. Photographing from the hides is from a sitting position, we provide foldable chairs for our guests. The birds are most active in the early hours when it is their mating period. After the famale layed her last egg (around the 20th of May), she and the male sits on the eggs in turns. The incubation lasts for about 20-22 days. This is a quiet period of time in terms of photography, to be able to capture a good shot it probably needs more time than usual. The youngs hatch around the 10th of June and from that on life is stirring again.

Technical data of the hide:

Year of building: all are set up in mid-April and removed at mid-July
Number of photographed birds from the hide: 6
Number of observed birds from the hide: 42
Floor space: 250x125 cm
Height: 125 cm
Material: wood
Orientation of hide: 1 way
Angle of sight: 170
Photography angle: 90
Photography surface via: one-way glass, loosing 1 1/3 aperture
Size of glass: 200x40 cm
Inside temperature: 10-30C, in case of sunshine after 10 AM >30
Clothing: all dark including socks
Room Availability: 3 pax
Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)
April-July, Rare
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Roller (Coracias garrulus)
May-July, Daily (many times)
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Common Stonechat (Saxicola torquata)
May-July, Weekly (a few times)
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Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor)
May-July, Rare
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Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
May-July, Weekly (a few times)
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