Bluethroat portrait in Keoladeo National Park, formerly known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India.
Story Behind the Photo
Today’s photo story would help you understand how to approach the birds. It’s very easy! Read on…
Every day at around noon I would end up going to the K-Tower in Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary to make a check if I could find some birds there. There were Ruddy Shelduck (also known as Bramhiny Ducks), Spoon bills, Pond herons, and Coots who would often come to the man-made mounts in the lake. I would wait several hours there to see if I catch some action when the conditions were right.
There was also a white-throated kingfisher in the nearby tree. It was way too skittish and wouldn’t allow me to approach. That made me resort to my gold old trick of sitting as still as possible in one place for several minutes to hours.
That day it was my usual routine as I was waiting to get some photographs of the white-throated kingfisher when I spotted this cute little fella going around swiftly in the nearby bush. It would come out for a few seconds before vanishing into the bush again.
This went on for several minutes until this bluethroat got fed up and started taking it easy. I was hardly moving and it got comfortable. I didn’t take any photographs as I did not want to scare it. See, that’s the secret of getting good photographs 🙂
After a while, the bluethroat ignored me so much that it came within few feet distance. I couldn’t focus it because this cute little fellow was so close! Can you believe it!
Some more wait and I got this photograph of the bluethroat as it turned its head and I got the catchlight in its eye. It was the best pose of this bird so far. Since the bird sat on a wooden log a feet above the ground and I was sitting, it was easier to get an eye level view without disturbing the bird.
Isn’t it easier to sit at one place and let the bird approach you, than you approaching (and scaring) the bird?
Body: Nikon D750
Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR
Focal Length: 600mm
Aperture (f-stop): f/5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/1000 sec
ISO Sensitivity: ISO-3200
Exposure Compensation: +0.7 step
Metering Mode: Pattern
Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority
It takes patience and persistence to get a photograph like this. Have patience and you will get what you want.
Read this interesting photo story about Keoladeo National Park (formerly known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary).
Facts from Wiki
The bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) is a small passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family Turdidae, but is now more generally considered to be an Old World flycatcher, Muscicapidae. It, and similar small European species, are often called chats.
I hope you enjoyed today’s Photo Story. Have a Great Weekend!