A Bird in the Bush

by Mridula on November 13, 2013

in Birds,India,Photography,Travel

This post is a compilation of birds I spotted recently. Birds and my daughter both don’t like getting photographed. You have to trick them into it. You have to be gentle around them, you have to pretend that you are not interested in taking a picture or better still you have to try and become invisible. Only then birds and my daughter let me take some passable pictures.

Black Headed Jay

Black Headed Jay

I got this Black Headed Jay at Deoriatal in Uttarakhand. You can already see it was not happy about my presence. However quiet I try to be it is not enough for birds, they take offence. Not only they offence they also take off. Over the years I too have learned one trick. That is to keep the camera in the sports mode and click a series of pictures. While continuously pressing the shutter I pray that at least one picture would be in focus. This time I got my wish. Next time I want the picture to be in focus plus a great background.

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Lesser Adjutant Stork

Here is another picture clicked by the same formula that is spray and pray! We spotted this Lesser Adjutant Stork (my naturalist spotted and pointed out the bird, and told me the name) at Bandhavgarh. When I looked at the pictures two weeks later I could not recollect the name exactly. When I told Google I wanted Lesser Adjacent Stork it promptly gave me the correct version of my bird which is the Lesser Adjutant Stork.

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Alexandrine Parrots

These Alexandrine Parrots were perching high on a dead tree at Bandhavgarh. In the forest there are a few designated areas where you can get out of your jeep. This was one such spot. So I tried to creep closer to them. The sky was grey, whatever light there was it was falling the wrong way. They were perched so high that they were quite unconcerned how close I was to the tree! End result the same- a bleak bird picture! This was my first sighting of the Alexandrine Parrots so they make it to the post.

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White Browed Wagtail

This White Browed Wagtail is from Panna, Madhya Pradesh. She was the usual high maintenance type, not letting me go anywhere near decent clicking distance. On top of that it opened its beak to warn others off- photographer in vicinity, photographer in vicinity!

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Indian Roller Pair

Finally here is a pair of Indian Roller. This was almost at the end of my last safari. No tigers as usual but I was happy to watch these two cackle and create a racket.

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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

njoyeverymoment November 16, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Nice shot …especially last two shot

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Mridula November 16, 2013 at 11:28 pm

Thank you!

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motidana November 15, 2013 at 11:47 pm

Beautiful photos of beautiful birds !

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Mridula November 16, 2013 at 11:28 pm

Thank you Motidana.

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Subroto November 15, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Beautiful photographs. In the end I guess nothing beats Nature.

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Mridula November 16, 2013 at 11:27 pm

I agree Subroto nothing beats nature!

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Lady Fi November 14, 2013 at 11:45 pm

Gorgeous bird shots – I love that jay!

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Mridula November 16, 2013 at 11:26 pm

Thank you Lady Fi.

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sindhoooo November 14, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Wow! I just love them all! How beautifully you have captured them! Wow!

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Mridula November 16, 2013 at 11:26 pm

Sindhu thank you!

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Rupali November 14, 2013 at 5:43 pm

Simply Superb :-)

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Mridula November 16, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Thank you Rupali.

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sangeeta November 14, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Absolutely beautiful clicks! Just love the black headed jay pic – superb!

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Mridula November 16, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Thank you Sangeeta.

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Jeevan Kuruvilla November 14, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Those captures were really good. I always struggle to photograph birds.

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Mridula November 16, 2013 at 11:24 pm

So do I Jeevan so do I!

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Shilpi Dutta November 14, 2013 at 10:25 am

Loved the shots…..amazing!!

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Mridula November 16, 2013 at 11:24 pm

Thank you Shilpi.

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Rajesh November 14, 2013 at 9:17 am

Beautiful, just love it.

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Mridula November 16, 2013 at 11:23 pm

Thank you Rajesh.

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jahidakhtar November 14, 2013 at 12:18 am

Beautiful captures :)

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Mridula November 16, 2013 at 11:23 pm

Thank you Jahid! Glad you liked it.

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Deepa November 13, 2013 at 9:35 pm

Amazing captures :)

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Mridula November 16, 2013 at 11:23 pm

Thank you Deepa.

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