Great Egret in flight in Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary near Mysore, India.
Story Behind the Photo
I went on a photography trip with couple of my photography friends to Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, near Mysore, India, few years ago. We were on a boat ride as that’s the primary way to see birds in that sanctuary. We had taken great deal of photographs within an hour of photography during Sunrise.
We asked the boatman to stop midway to get the perfect light on incoming Pelicans that picks up the nesting material from the water. We were all busy taking those photographs. Every now and then I would take a look around and see if anything interesting was happening with other birds. I am as curious as a bird – always looking around!
Great Egrets were flying around the nearby branches. I started photographing them as there was lot of branch hopping going on. The Egret in this photograph took off from one branch and was flying away. As you might be aware, I do not take flying-away shots as there will not be an eye-contact. Just when I thought of considering a different bird to photograph, it made a U-turn!
It is not common for these big birds to turn around so swiftly. It turned around and I took this photograph of a lifetime.
Why do I call it photograph of a lifetime? Because I have not been able to capture this pose of a Great Egret despite having more than 2000 photographs of this species. Not even close to this!
This is my most memorable photograph of a Great Egret. The fun part is; none of my friends even realized what happened there. After seeing this photograph one of my friends was unable to believe that I took this photograph while he was sitting right next to me.
Body + Lens: Nikon D7000 + Nikkor 70-300mm VR Lens @ 210mm
ISO Sensitivity: ISO 100
Shutter Speed: 1/1250 sec
Exposure Compensation: EV 0
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