We were driving along in the Yala Wildlife Sanctuary when we spotted an Indian Roller right in the middle of one of the safari tracks. It is common to catch this bird in the middle of the track as they keep searching for insects to feed on. However, as you get closer to them, they just take off. So we took a couple of images from a distance and when we zoomed the image to check the sharpness, we noticed that this Roller has caught a huge grasshopper.
The Grasshopper was so big that Roller could not swallow it as a whole. So it just kept throwing the insect in the air and beating it to the ground to break its wing, thereby making it easier for him to eat it! It was very interesting for all of us to watch the Roller’s persistence. It did take him a couple of minutes, but eventually succeeded in having its meal.