Bird Photography

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 –

A group of painted storks and a crocodile..

A group of painted storks and a crocodile..

Chameleon - it was super camouflaged that it was hard setting the focus on it.

Chameleon – it was super camouflaged that it was hard setting the focus on it.

Tickell's Blue Flycatcher

Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher – my most treasured shot – a difficult one too!

Name please anyone? It was a very tiny bird that was very fast.

Name please anyone? It was a very tiny bird that was super fast.

Painted Storks..

Painted Storks..

Pond Herons..

Pond Herons..

Asian Open Billed Stork

Asian Open Billed Stork

Egret - looking for target?!

Egret – looking for target?!

What are you looking at?! Painted Storks eye locking each other..

What are you looking at?! Painted Storks eye locking each other..

A Painted stork, Eurasian Spoonbill and a Yellow Billed Spoonbill at the back..

A Painted stork, Eurasian Spoonbill and a Yellow Billed Spoonbill at the back..

Eurasian Spoonbill - Looked absolutely gorgeous!

Eurasian Spoonbill – Looked absolutely gorgeous!

Yellow Billed Spoonbill..

Yellow Billed Spoonbill..

Spot Billed Pelicans - Nesting on top of trees

Spot Billed Pelicans – Nesting on top of trees

Snowy Egret - look at its head :D

Snowy Egret – look at its head 😀

Snowy Egret - my most favorite shot!

Snowy Egret – my most favorite shot!

Spot Billed Pelican, found this one in a group of painted storks.

Spot Billed Pelican, found this one in a group of painted storks.

Open Billed Stork

Open Billed Stork

Painted Stork drying its wings..

Painted Stork drying its wings..

See the look on his face! :D

See the look on his face! 😀

SpoonB ills - what are they talking about?! :D

SpoonB ills – what are they talking about?! 😀

Black Crowned Night Heron - lucky to have spotted this by fluke! :)

Black Crowned Night Heron – lucky to have spotted this by fluke! 🙂

Little Indian Cormorant.. :)

Little Indian Cormorant.. 🙂

Great Egret..

Great Egret..

Birds and bats on trees :)

Birds and bats on trees 🙂

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27 thoughts on “Bird Photography

  1. GB Awesome pics! Better late than never.. Surprising that after staying in BLR for a while that you haven’t heard of Rangana Thittu bird sanctuary.. It’s a famous place for Birders & bird photographers.. Also just in time.. Now that winter is officially over in North hemisphere.. Birds will start migration back to home countries!This place used to the favorite place of my amateur photography friends when we all started working in BLR… All of them saved to buy their first SLRs (no ‘D’… The’ DSLR’ s were for rich amateurs or curious Professionals in those days)

    • Guess what Ramesh, we passed Ranganthittu a couple of times – never realized what we missed. Sigh. Anyways, as you said better late than never 🙂
      Yeah we were just in time before the birds left for their home countries 🙂

  2. This was a delight to see and read! My, you have got some amazing shots here and you are so active to get out on a weekend for clicking, anyway it was well worth it 🙂

  3. Fantastic shots GB. Love them all 🙂
    Congratulations on your new camera 😀
    Can’t wait for more picture posts from you GB, keep clicking 🙂

  4. The un-named bird may be sunbird or flowerpecker. Not so clear. Shots are good. But need to use White balance in some pics

    • Awww thats such a big compliment – thanks a lot chattywren 🙂 Yeah – its called Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary. Sorry, I forgot to add the name of the sanctuary in the post.

  5. Commenting here first time though discovered your lovely blog months ago! Love your shots– my husband is a photography fan(atic) and recently we took some beautiful bird photos too in Sydney. The unnamed bird looked like the purple rumped sunbird though can’t say for sure! Keep up your interest and hope to see more photos soon!

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