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Brahminy Kite(Haliastur indus)

Brahminy Kite ( Haliastur indus) is one of the common medium -sized raptor(48cm).They are more scavengers than hunters as these birds have taken to stealing and scavenging than killing. However they do hunt small prey like fish,crabs,frogs, insects etc

It is a resident in India ( they are sedentary and do not migrate ),it is considered as the representation of GARUDA,the sacred bird of Lord Vishnu.

Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)

Its head,neck and breast are white with rest of its body bright chest nut and primaries tipped black and the legs are short and not feathered,the eye is dark and yellow colored bill is strongly hooked. It has long broad rounded wings ,short and rounded tail when fanned.

                                                                                                                                                                                       In Flight

The call of the Brahminy Kite is a thin mewing scream ‘kweeaa’ or ‘kyeeer’ usually while soaring.

                                                                                                                                                                                                           Flight 2

All 3 photos were taken with Nikon D40,Nikkor 70-300 non VR lens , MF

I  saw them eating while flying and stealing!!! I even clicked those moments but it did not come well.

All comments and suggestions are welcome.

Good Night 🙂

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Aerodynamics of the Black Kite (Milvus milgrans) Juvenile

Black Kite (Milvus milgrans) is a medium sized common raptor and a  widespread  resident of India.

Black Kite in Flight ( juvenile)

Nikon D40,70-300mm lens @1/1600 sec f/5.6 and MF

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Black Kite in Flight ( juvenile)

Nikon D40,70-300mm lens @1/1600 sec f/5.6 and MF ( Both taken on the way to BR hills)

All you Engineers out there , check out the aerodynamics 🙂 . After many attempts I got these two shots. If you like it please rate it , if you don’t  then kindly tell me what has gone wrong. Thank you .

Hope you like it 🙂


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COLOR OR BLACK N WHITE????

HI EVERYONE,

I am posting both color and black and white photos of the Egret, you tell which one is good.Hope you like both 🙂

Black N white

Color Version

 Clicked using Nikon D40,70-300 mm lens, 200 ISO,1/250 sec

so,which one do you like???


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EGRET in Grass

I have been learning photography from past  few months. This is one of  my first few shots.

I often visit  GKVK after getting back from office. One can spot many variety of plant species here. In addition to it, GKVK is also known for its bird life.

Egret, is the first  bird I spotted on my own and the  first bird I manged  to capture decently well. It was in the midst of the grass and I manged to click this. This was definitely one of those “Ah ha!” moments.  Though it’s not a difficult bird or subject to photograph it was not really as easy as  Ah ha ( initial days you see :P).

This image was taken using  Nikon  D40,70 – 300mm, and  shutter speed  1/250 sec.

I liked the Black & white picture more than color one, hope you liked it too but shortly I will post the color version also. You guys are gonna be my critiques. 🙂

Comments and suggestions are welcome.

Have a good night 🙂


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Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst!!!!!

Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst. – Henri Cartier-Bresson 

How true is that?? Atleast in my case its very true. No, I haven’t sat and counted my photographs but I have been photographing regularly from past 3 – 4 months. The first few days I struggled with handling problem as I used to shake the camera unknowingly . Followed by focusing problem since I don’t have a auto focus lens. Sometimes I got carried away and ruined picture perfect shots. I guess we all get enticed by the beauty of nature and fail to capture such shots. Sigh! Last but not the least, I used to be overconfident (carelessness I must say) about camera settings and have ruined many images!!!!

You must be wondering why am I listing out all my blunders out here!!

Well that’s cause I was going through the images that I would like to upload (about a month ago) and found all of the above listed imperfections. But one good thing about all these mistakes is that I realized what went wrong and I will not be repeating it again. Learning from my mistakes you see :D. But the good news is not all the pictures clicked by me in these 3 – 4 months are an eye sore. Stay tuned folks. I will be uploading them one by one starting from today. I hope you guys like it 🙂