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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Closeup Shot of a Snake

This fellow stayed still as I approached closer quite cautiously while another one close to this disappeared somewhere in the bushes. And this was quite close, around 1m away. Well I believe you people must be happy seeing the results.

Snakes in the wild

This usually happens when you look for something specific in the wild and discover that you end up finding something even more interesting. I was looking for some Tortoise photographs but very soon found that the entire area is full with snakes having sunbath. They were scattered here & there and mostly single. But this herd was primarily located as a single big snake which turned out be 5 as the distance reduced. and due to their alertness it was just two clicks and soon 3 of them disappeared. 

Hope you people like it.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Silhouette of a bird at Canal Bank

Took this against the setting sun, Simply loved it.

Birds in Flight-2

One more of the same flock.

Birds in Flight

Yesterday coming back from outstation site visit, just thought to divert route in hope of finding some more birds I took a road less traveled along the canal and was happy to find this flock in their evening flight. It was an unforgettable experience to watch them.  

Friday, November 18, 2011

Blackwinged Stilt

I started visiting the last year birding spots a little late, thanks to the bright light available throughout the day which enables me to keep things a little flexible. Also learned to handle my camera in a better manner and to live with a starter's zoom lens. The next I wish to have is priced at 1,17,000 :P. Hence just happy clicking with the gear I have till then.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Another shot of Purple Sunbird in flight

I was trying hard to capture maximum possible movements of this agile bird, and it was quite a tough job but happy to be able to capture some nice shot. What I missed in this shot was the bird probing the flowers a few milliseconds ago, but till then this is the best.

Purple Sunbird having a drink

This is one of those moments I always dreamed of clicking. Found this couple of Purple Sunbird (Male was a bit more shy) drinking nectar from the red flowers at our front lawn but it took me flat three days to get them comfortable with my presence. And finally here is the result for your viewing pleasure.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Migratory Birds

Clicked this on end October at a distant and less known Bird Sanctuary, I was looking for certain migratory species but was unable to find them, suddenly this flock was spotted and despite the low evening light i was able to click a few silhouette. 

Monday, October 31, 2011

Indian Wren-Warbler

I was fortunate enough to finally capture this very small yet smart and fast moving bird. I tried so many times earlier but failed due to its fast movements. Now looking for ID. Shall update at the soonest.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Egyptian Vulture in flight

Today evening coming back from a site I spotted around 25 Egyptian Vultures on a high tension line tower, Light was not very supportive but I was unable to resist the temptation to click a few shots, hence moved up on ISO and found this. A little pp has been done on RAW image.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Pied Kingfisher

Spotted this beautiful bird just by the side of a brick kiln perched over a small pond looking for food mainly fish. I waited there for around half an hour to catch some action but it seems to have the fill of the day, hence posed for a while, allowed me to come nearer and then joined its mate a few yards away.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Flock of Egrets

Just before the migratory birds land onto the local water bodies, Natives used to exploits them at the fullest with a lot of newborns usually in flocks and bright white colored bodies stands against the rich green spreads.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Asian Openbill Stork

EXIF: Canon EOS 500D, f/8, 1/500 sec, ISO 400, 300mm, Spot metering

The Asian Openbill or Asian Openbill Stork, Anastomus oscitans, is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. It is a resident breeder in tropical southern Asia from India and Sri Lanka east to Southeast Asia.
Asian Openbill Stork is a broad-winged soaring bird, which relies on moving between thermals of hot air for sustained flight. Like all storks, it flies with its neck outstretched. It is relatively small for a stork at 68 cm length. They breed near inland wetlands and build stick nest in trees, typically laying 2-6 eggs.
Breeding adults are all white except for the black wing flight feathers, red legs and dull yellow-grey bill. The mandibles do not meet except at the tip, and this gives rise to the species' name. Non-breeding adults have the white of the plumage replaced by off-white. Young birds have brown tinge to the plumage.
The Asian Openbill Stork, like most of its relatives, walks slowly and steadily on the ground, feeding on molluscs, frogs and large insects.

Black Winged Kite

EXIF: Canon EOS 500D, f/8, 1/500 Sec, ISO 400, 300mm, Spot metering

The Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus) is a small diurnal bird of prey in the family Accipitridae best known for its habit of hovering over open grasslands in the manner of the much-smaller kestrels. This Eurasian and African species was sometimes combined with the Australian Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris) and the White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus) of North and South America which together form a superspecies. This kite is distinctive, with long-wings, white, grey and black plumage and owl like forward-facing eyes with red irides. Although mainly seen on the plains, they are sometimes seen on grassy slopes of hills in the higher elevation regions of Asia. They are not migratory, but make short-distance movements in response to weather.

This bird is distinctive in being long winged and predominantly grey or white with black shoulder patches, wing tips and eye stripe. The long falcon-like wings extend beyond the tail when the bird is perched. In flight, the short and square tail is visible and it is not forked as in the typical kites of the genus Milvus. When perched, often on roadside wires, it often adjusts its wings and jerks its tail up and down as if to balance itself. The sexes are alike in plumage.[2] Their large forward-facing eyes and velvety plumage are characters that are shared with owls and the genus itself has been considered as a basal group within the Accipitridae.

Close Encounter

EXIF: Canon EOS 500D, f/7.1, 1/400, ISO 1600, 135mm, Spot Metering

Close Encounter

Exif: Canon EOS 500D, f/5.6, 1/25 sec, ISO 400, 300mm, Spot metering

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Exif data tagging complete.

As this is a vital part to understand a photograph in a better way, I have added the exif data to all the photographs posted here. Hope this will help understanding.

Friday, July 15, 2011

1000 views. Thank You All

Dear All,

Thank you for letting my blog reach the 1000 views mark. I am thankful to you for your valuable suggestions and comments. This will definitely help me improve me on the photography end.

The Ruins

EXIF: Canon EOS 500D, f/7.1, 1/100 sec, ISO-200, 46mm, Partial metering.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Friday, July 8, 2011

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Archway

EXIF: Canon EOS 500D, f/16, 1 sec, ISO-200, 20mm, Pattern metering. 
When one door of happiness closes,
another opens.....
but very often we look so long at the closed door
that we don't notice
the door which has opened for us.