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Day #7: Blue Jewel – Common Kingfisher Portrait, Keoladeo National Park

Day #7: Blue Jewel – Common Kingfisher Portrait, Keoladeo National Park

Best Nature and Bird Photos. Common Kingfisher Portrait in Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Rajasthan, Best bird sanctuary in India. Nature, Wildlife, Bird, and Landscape Photography by Prathap.

The Photo

Common kingfisher (male) portrait in Keoladeo National Park, formely known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India.

Common Kingfisher Identification (from wiki)

The female is identical in appearance to the male except that her lower mandible is orange-red with a black tip. The juvenile is similar to the adult, but with duller and greener upper parts and paler underparts. Its bill is black, and the legs are also initially black.

Story Behind the Photo

Common kingfisher is unbelievably small but so cute. I am fascinated by their beauty and elegance. The more I spent time with them the more I fell in love with these creatures.

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is probably the best place in India to watch these birds. Are there many? No, not at all! There are only 2 pairs.

You might wonder if I have gone mad. Probably not…

The kingfisher in this photo is so accustomed to human presence that you could snap a photo of him from a mobile! Believe me…it is!

I have spent around one or two hours a day for about 15 days. Every time I saw this species it made me feel  to take it in my hands and feel it :). I generally don’t feel that way with other birds. Something should be so special about it. Atleast for me 🙂

You might have already guessed how I might have taken this photo. If not, then here it is.

I had to move back considerably from the bird in order to focus! I choose a far enough and cleaner background to get that creamy bokeh. I made sure to choose an angle to get the catchlight in kingfisher’s eye which is very important to show the bird’s personality.

After all these setup, all that I had to do was…Nope, not to press the shutter 🙂 But to wait for the kingfisher to give me a striking pose.

What do I mean by that?

Take a deeper look at the kingfisher; look into his eyes bit more closely. Do you see how thoughtful and focused he is? That’s the personality trait I loved about in this photograph.

I call it the blue jewel of nature…and you?

Technical Information

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-900

Exposure Compensation: +0.3 step

Metering Mode: Pattern

Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority

Quick Tip

Visit Keoladeo National Park at the earliest :). Best time to visit the bird sanctuary is from November to February.

Read my photo story on  Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary to know what I mean.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Photo Story. Have a Great Day Ahead!

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Prathap

Prathap is a professional nature photographer and founder of Nature Photography Simplified blog. He aims to simplify every photography concept to help beginners and amateur photographers.

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