Thanks to John "Mad Dog" Bannon for sending me these record shots of the Roller (by Pam Brown), which he scored while on holiday on Mull last week.
John's account below maybe a tad on the excitable side, but if I'd bumped into a Roller, I'd be a bit breathless too...
"Just returned from Mull ,where at 05:30 last Thursday morning the attached
cheeky chappy found me!!
"MegasstonkingFFinbrilliant birding/wildlife place is Mull, with constant eagles, Hen Harriers, Corncrakes, Puffins, auks and two skuas, also loads of Groppers and Cuckoos", says John.
"Otter sightings every day, dolphins, seals and Basking Shark plus Pine Marten crossing road!!!
I think he likes Mull!
Oddly enough my only UK Roller wasn't that far away, near Kyle of Lochalsh, although it was a scarily long time ago.
The poor thing was clinging to the swaying branch of a rain-battered willow in the teeth of a howling Scottish gale, and it looked a whole lot less happier than John's bird.
Nice one Mad Dog.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...