Red Breasted Parakeets – Andheri, Mumbai !!

I went over to my friends place at Andheri, Mumbai where one can see Red Breasted Parakeets ! Looks like these are cage released/ feral but now have adapted to Mumbai. Usually these are found in the lower Himalayan regions. I have seen them at Kaziranga, Assam.

All Nikon D5, 20-500mm lens. Not the fastest lens in terms of AF for flight shots but, will do in a pinch.

The male


The female

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An Alexandrine male in flight


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Fighting over a female


Today it was way past dusk and very poor light. I heard the familar screech from the wire outside my balcony . Decided to test the high ISO on the D5.  Only one word , phewww ! Yes got noise and all but hect to even get a shot in these light conditions, amazing technology now.

There were three parakeets , two males and one female. One of the males was being shoed away by the other male.  Interesting behaviour !

Nikon D5, Nikkor 200-500mm @ 360mm,   ISO 20,000, 1/1000th , F5.6 , AF-C, d-153, VR ON – Sports mode


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