Day #14: It Was Worth The Wait!

Best Nature and Bird Photos.Bay-backed shrike in soft Sunlight in Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Rajasthan. Best bird sanctuary in India. Nature, Wildlife, Bird, and Landscape Photography by Prathap.

The Photo

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!

Extra Info

I have a brand new logo for my portfolio website Prathap Photography, done by my friend Sharad Nagal. Do you like it?

Read more about my interview with Rathika Ramasamy and my photo story about Keoladeo National Park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.

Technical Information

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

Quick Tip

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!

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2 Responses to Day #14: It Was Worth The Wait!

  1. Gerrie Malan March 15, 2015 at 10:19 am #

    “Small birds are usually hyper-active and are very tough to photograph” – how absolutely right you are. Even those in our frond yard seem to be able to see through the walls as I try to get a better view.

    • Prathap March 15, 2015 at 10:45 pm #

      It can be very frustrating sometimes. But they are usually very cute compared to the bigger birds I think. Seeing those beauties in the front yard! how amazing! I hope you get to make lot of good photographs of them.

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