12/13/17

Thattekad – Malabar Parakeets

I did a quick one day trip to Thattekad, again.  The last time, I had lost my favourite RX-100 while birding. Eldhose later called and informed me that he had found the camera. It had fallen down between the tail-gate and the spare wheel of his Mahindra bolero. And the camera was working fine too 🙂 Lucky me !

This time I around,  took along my Nikon 600mm F4.  The 600 is a way too long a lens for his hide setup. I wish I had my 300mm 2.8. One can only shoot so much “BOS” ( bird on a stick ). I tried a few action shots but , too much a focal length for this hide.

My wish to see the malabar parakeets came true. A bunch  came in to feed. Mighty shy bunch though.

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Malabar Parakeets from krish photo on Vimeo.

Another new birdies for me was the “Philippine Shrike”.

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There there was this Flameback Woodpecker defending its perch

My turf- Buzz off from krish photo on Vimeo.

 

My fav shot ” Lets play Tennis” [ Tail of the racquet tailed drongo]

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09/15/16

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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