I must apologize if you’re been waiting for this part, and had read the previous one with interest. Life keeps you busy, by design. Anyway, here I am with the Search for Eagle Owl. The search for Eagle Owl continued, and on 10th April, exactly 32 days after our first search, we headed in the same direction. Arguably, we were more prepared. Learning from the bird’s habits, we decided to not go to the place we’d already covered and hence our efforts were to be concentrated to the other half of the place. Devender and me were all armed and ready, with a water bottle in possession (it was pretty hot, so without water, it was going to be impossible).
Outside itself, I came across a lifer: Shikra – juvenile (Accipiter badius). This was taken from far away. My equipment for the shot: Canon 550D with Tamron 70-300 (Non VC) has been my birding equipment for quite sometime. It is a slow lens with not much reach so you can expect better pictures once I upgrade. Here’s this, anyway.
Another lifer (and bad image happened) with a Common/Siberian Stonechat (Saxicola torquatus). Took some time to get close to this bird, but in the end, the result weren’t still quite acceptable. What I’ve learned from birding is you’ve got to be extremely patient, let the things happen and let the bird feel comfortable. You can not force your way with birds, they’ll fly. Unless you have a really great gear with heavy zoom.Moving on, met childhood friends back. They went away from us because we’ve been ‘developing’ as a city. So we have to move far and wide to see them now. This was my first official picture of ‘House Sparrow. Got plenty of them actually. A couple of them were really cute, and they posed well despite initial reluctance. My equipment supported me. No matter how common some birds are, you’ll never get tired of shooting them. House Sparrows are the one for me, perhaps Kingfisher for my birding partner Devender. Here are some of my best pictures because they’re taken with extra love.
Moving on to other lovely birds- another few common but beautiful birds displayed their presence. One of them is Laughing Dove. Thankfully, though, I got a beautiful frame this time which I seriously cherish. There’s a thing about birds- they look so beautiful- each of them- that you only need the right angle and right light to create a likeable image. And this time, I managed it. Hopefully you’ll agree with my thoughts on the same.
An interesting series of pictures that excited us is the mating of Long Tailed Shrike. These are beautiful birds and come in yellow and grey. It’s a series because first there are pictures of one of them calling.
Thereafter, we witnessed the mating on the back of the bush after which the Shrikes flew away and we got a clear picture of one of them. It was an interesting experience for us, and despite the non-clarity of shots, we did manage to get well. Especially since we didn’t have long lenses but wanted to maintain a clear distance from the birds so as to not disturb them.
Then we caught the bird on a separate place. We tried to go slow and get a clean shot- and that’s one of the lessons of birding. Move slow without disturbing anyone or anything, have patience, and actually you still might miss the shot. Therefore, keep taking pictures, at least you’ll have something to show for your efforts if the bird flies. Don’t disturb the habitat or birds by any means.
We also caught up with some of the other common birds. Indian Silverbill is known as thus because of the color of the bill primarily. It looks pretty plain but a beautiful bird nevertheless. Catching them in difference poses and positions is what made me truly happy and excited. Here are a couple of pictures of them.
In between, there was an Indian Robin posing for us.
And then the magic happened. While we were quitly moving along, the beast (or the beauty) we came for flew from behind us, striking its majestic presence. My first few shots depict why bird photography a fast lens, I got the focus all wrong. And also an upgrade in skills, more likely. I’m sharing these pictures to share the beautiful feathers of these birds. Fashion Designers all over the world- take note of the color scheme of birds, the patterns, and the type of bird. There’s no bigger inspiration than birds.
And then the beast decided to rest for a second. And we got a shot each. This one was worth the effort. It flew again, and we tried to trace it. Devender found it and it got lost in their after that. Considering not to disturb his Majesty anymore, we walked back satisfied after having this picture.
While going back, we got our usual common inhabitant, Red-Wattled Lapwing. We’re now used to the bird species- and it is used to us.
Another bird that’s pretty common but arguable gave me the shot of the day is Green Bee Eater. This is one of my favorite pictures and you can buy prints of it, I’m sharing a link. You can also buy in India, or other places. Just let me know which marketplace to list it in, I’ll be glad to let you have access to this- or any other picture.
The green bee-eater (Merops orientalis) (sometimes little green bee-eater) is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family. It is resident but prone to seasonal movements and is found widely distributed across sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal and the Gambia to Ethiopia, the Nile valley, western Arabia and Asia through India to Vietnam.
Another love story shot: Mr. Purple Sunbird and Mrs. (or Miss?) Purple Sunbired who’re looking at each other from across the fences. Perhaps a welcome after a hard day at work?
And we end with mandatory sunset shots. Sunset Conversations is another of my favorite picture. And the other clouds view- that’s just a random snapshot trying to create something. Everybody loves clouds, I assume. And there’s the landing crow.
That’s it for now. Very soon, I promise, I’ll be back with a really interesting series of Delhi at Night. Also, would you like me to share about how I shoot or is the banter that I’m carryin acceptable to you as of now? Or perhaps you want to see the pictures? Or may be you want me to shut up and not waste your time? Either ways, a feedback goes a long way, especially after sharing a 1000+ word blog with about 30 pictures in that. Don’t you think so?