Cute bay-backed shrike perched on a thorny branch in Keoladeo National Park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Rajasthan, India.
Facts from Wiki
The bay-backed shrike (Lanius vittatus) is a member of the bird family Laniidae, the shrikes, resident in South Asia.
Story Behind the Photo
On that day I had a chance to photograph Sarus Cranes along with renowned professional wildlife photographer and a good friend of mine Rathika Ramasamy. We had an amazing time photographing Sarus Cranes that day and one of my favourite photographs of Sarus Cranes from that day made it to my portfolio website too.
While we were getting back to our rickshaws we saw this cute little bay-backed shrike feeding. It was early morning sunlight and it was looking gorgeous. We were couple of photographers by then and everyone took some photographs and left the place. I wanted to spend more time there with this bird because I wanted to make use of the situation.
The early morning light was amazing and was illuminating the bird in an excellent way. This was my first encounter with this cute little bird. I didn’t even know at that time that it was called bay-backed shrike.
Small birds are usually hyper-active and are very tough to photograph. It was the same with this bird too. It was constantly flying from one perch to the other before I could get any decent photo. After several minutes I figured out a perch it was often coming to and I set my camera gears to get a clean background.
After a while it did perch on that branch and I was ready with all my settings and with just a bit of adjustments for the composition, I was able to get this beautiful photograph of bay-backed shrike. The thorny branch here gives a stronger composition due to its intricate lines.
At the end, it was worth the wait!
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Body: Nikon D750
Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR + Nikon TC-20E III 2x Teleconverter
Focal Length: 1200mm
Aperture (f-stop): f/8 (maximum aperture is f/8 because of 2x tele converter)
Shutter Speed: 1/1000 sec
ISO Sensitivity: ISO-1000
Exposure Compensation: 0 step
Metering Mode: Pattern
Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority
Spend more time with one bird and be the last one to leave the spot. You never know what you will get. If you don’t get anything, then you got some time to understand the complexities of making a good photograph and also to understand the behaviour of the bird.
Isn’t it worth a wait then?
I hope you enjoyed today’s Photo Story. Have a Great Day Ahead!