BOS cravings – Ganeshgudi

The “old magazine house” at Ganeshgudi is a paradise for BOS – Bird on a Stick photographers. While I shot a lot of “BOS” the aim was also to make a few different images.

Note to self: After Belgaum, take the turn towards Panji,  not Yellapur ! The detour via Haliyal, is much much avoidable.

A few below.

Bronzed drongo silhouette


Flame throated bulbul. I used a Nikon 500mm mirror reflex lens here. Makes some nice effects.


A BOS that I particularly liked. An Oriental white eye along with a Black naped monarch.


And we got a Flying squirrel !


Bhandup in the rain

I did a second trip to Bhandup today. It was drizzling throughout.

Mostly whiskered terns and prinias but all of the birds inside the vegetation.

Tried a few slower shutter speed shots in the rain. Still getting used to the 200-500mm. I tend to forget that I have a zoom.

Group AF worked really well for the flight shots.

Nikon D5, Nikkor 200-500mm @ 360mm,   ISO 3200, 1/500th , F6.3 , AF-C, Group AF

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This from my earlier trip last week,  a Prinia

Nikon D5, Nikkor 200-500mm @ 410mm,   ISO 640, 1/250th , F7.1 , AF-C, d-72


Nikon D5 Autofocus settings ( also on D500)

I discovered an interesting setting that might be useful in a lot of situations.

I usually work using  AF-C, d-9 or d-21 most times with back button AF-ON only.

But some times you need to quickly (without removing the eye from the viewfinder) switch to “Single Area (AF-S) ” to get a difficult focus that the AF might be missing. This is now possible easily on the D5. I have set the Fn-1 button to enable “Single area AF” . So while using the usual AF-C, if I need AF-S,  all I now do is, release AF-ON and  press down on Fn-1 button and, AF-S engages. All without removing my eye from the viewfinder.  Sweet!

Menu> Custom Settings > Controls>f1 Custom Control assignment> Highlight Fn1 and click on it with center selector button> Now scroll to Af-area mode+AF-ON select and click right> choose Single-point AF and click right> You will see the Click Menu