Dandeli – Ganeshgudi – Goa Dec 2011


The Malabar Pied Hornbill in flight, the regular shot.



The Malabar Pied Hornbill in flight, the not so regular shot 🙂



The Malabar Pied Hornbill BOS (bird on a stick) , the not so regular shot 🙂



A brahmini kite fishing, the regular shot



A brahmini kite fishing, the  not so regular shot





Black naped Monarch



Angry Birds ! ( Oriental white eyes )



Malabar Trogon wing flap




White bellied sea eagles




White bellied Sea Eagle  on the Zuari






Goa Zuari River

On 02 April I did a quick trip to Goa. For the gear that I packed, see the preceding post.

Mr. BM Kamath runs boat trips on the Zuari. His setup is called “Crocodile Station”. I highly recommend his trips 🙂

The boat

We did two trips (morning and evening ) and were rewarded with a quite a few sightings.

One of the first birdies I got was the “Clamorous reed warbler” . The boat drifted in pretty close and I struggled with the focus and missed quite a few shots.

Wire Tailed swallows. This one below is actually a tighter frame. I added some canvas to the left and also to the right and cropped to a square frame.

I got the Collared Kingfisher at almost eye level.

The first shot is with the 300mm. See the clutter.  We then moved the boat to the right and shot through the gap with the 600mm. The move got me a nice green background and, I had to clone out a twig poking in on the right of the frame. I waited for the birdie to move its head and come into the spotlight and then clicked.

Nikon D3, 300mm F2.8 VR, ISO 640, 1/400 @F8, -0.5EV

Nikon D2X, 600mm F4  VR + TC 14EII, ISO 400, 1/640 @F8,  -1EV

The Stork Billed Kingfisher

Nikon D3, 600mm F4  VR + TC 17EII, ISO 640, 1/400 @F8, +1EV, SB-800 Flash +1EV with     better beamer.

I used the flash with the better beamer to fill in some light since, the birdie was in the shade.

Eurasian Curlew

Nikon D2X, 600mm F4  VR + TC 14EII, ISO 400, 1/800 @F9,  -0.5EV

Wire Tailed Swallow

Nikon D3, 600mm F4  VR + TC 17EII, ISO 640, 1/1250 @F8

The Fresh water Crocodile, one mean looking guy

Nikon D3, 300mm 2.8  VR +,  ISO 640, 1/800 @F8

Osprey Taking off.  I added some canvas to the right and below.

Fir this shot , I messed up the AF settings. I should have been on Dynamic AF but was on Single shot. Hence I had to keep the reticule on the birdie for it to focus. And ofcourse,  I “messed up” holding the hot reticule on to the flying bird 🙂

Nikon D3, 300mm 2.8 VR, ISO 640, 1/1600 @F8,  Single Area AF
Osprey Takeoff

The last pics of the evening was yet another osprey. This time I was set with the right settings. I was on Dynamic 21 point AF. The Nikon D3 faithfully tracked focus and, I got the complete series 🙂

Nikon D3, 300mm 2.8 VR, ISO 1250, 1/2500 @F8, Dynamic Area AF 21 Points (AF lever at the rear to middle position )

For all the pics from this trip,Click Here