Ever since I caught a few birds on my new camera, I have been craving to capture birds. Forget capturing birds, I am a novice when it comes to photography. Most of my knowledge is based on the articles I have read in the last few days and I know I have a long way to go. Almost all the articles I read online mentioned bird photography as one of the toughest subjects, but when I looked at their pictures I was totally amazed – I had to try it for sure. I started looking for different locations in and around Bangalore suitable for bird watching and to my utter surprise, there was a bird sanctuary on the way to Mysore. Being bedridden most of last week was too tiring and I badly wanted a distraction. When I learnt that this was the season for migratory birds, there was no turning back. Quickly amma packed us some lunch and we were on the road!
In the last one year, we must have passed through Mysore atleast three times and never once saw this bird sanctuary. What with summer hitting us in full force already, it was a very hot Saturday. S was totally convinced that there were not going to be any birds, not to mention exotic migratory ones from Australia, New Zealand or Siberia. But when we entered the sanctuary, we were welcomed by a group of beautiful Painted Storks. Every now and then, a large bird would fly – tempting me to capture it in my frame. There were a few artificial islands covered in bamboo shoots that were a home to hundreds of migratory birds. Of course, there were a number of photographers too – both professionals and amateurs like me. Some of the cameras and lenses I saw around were so large that two people had to carry them – I kid not. The only way for people like me to catch a few birds was to take the boating ride. While it lasted, I experimented with a lot of different settings and got a few good pictures. I was so enthused that we went on the boat ride for a second time. We caught on a few names and the places of the birds too, thanks to the boatmen. It was great to see huge birds nesting with their young ones on every branch of every tree on the islands. Who would have imagined them to travel all the way from across the globe to be in this hot humid place for breeding?! The many wonders of Mother Nature. There were a good number of crocodiles too, but I guess they are used to the constant boats and camera clicks – they seemed not to bother at all.
Here are some of my favorite shots –