Balcony birding

The regular shots

Note on BIF Auto Focus for the D5

One of the AF modes on the D5 that I found useful for BIF ( for these parakeets in flight)  is the “Group Area” AF mode setting.  Here the camera tries to focus on the nearest point withequal priority to all five AF points in the group. And when you pan, the AF is maintained.  Since most of my parakeet shots were of the birds flying below me, the nearest point AF was the one to use and is working well. In case you want to be super accurate and in very challenging situation say low contrast, Id choose 9 point dynamic AF and keep the AF on the subject all throughout.

The not so regular shots
This looks like a “Pterosaur” landing 🙂


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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