Day #17: Seize The Opportunity

Best Nature and Bird Photos. Indian Peafowl on a Bald Tree in Keoladeo National Park (formerly known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary) in Rajasthan, India. Best bird sanctuary in India. Nature, Wildlife, Bird, and Landscape Photography by Prathap.

The Photo

Silhouette of an Indian Peafowl in Keoladeo National Park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Rajasthan, India.

Story Behind the Photo

Indian peafowl are undoubtedly one of the most beautiful birds. Their plumage is unbelievably beautiful. Photographing them while they dance is probably a dream come true for many of us. I have done it couple of times but mostly in the zoo. I am yet to make a photograph in the wild.

Indian peafowls are in abundance in Keoladeo National Park. You could even spot some of them roosting over nearby trees in Bharatpur town.

Every morning when the gate opens at 6:30am, I would head straight to make some silhouettes of these beautiful birds. They roost over the farther trees in the night and as the Sun rises, they would come to the bald trees near the road. These bald trees are a launching pad for them and great opportunity for the photographers like me (INSERT)

I have made loads of memorable photographs of these Indian peafowls in Keoladeo National Park. My most favorite one is part of my portfolio website as well as a part of my photo story of the bird sanctuary.

I like this photograph for its strong lines and the triangular shape of the branches that makes the composition stronger. Added to that is the Indian peafowl’s position and the head angle. Background could have been more pleasing, but I couldn’t help it because the scene lasted for few seconds only.

Technical Information

Body:  Nikon D750

Lens:  AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR

Focal Length:  600mm

Aperture (f-stop):  f/9

Shutter Speed:  1/1600 sec

ISO Sensitivity:  ISO-400

Exposure Compensation: 0 step

Metering Mode:  Pattern

Shooting Mode:  Aperture Priority

Quick Tip

Master the photography composition techniques. They are far more important than mastering your camera. I have written several articles just about the composition techniques. Read them.

Facts from Wiki

The Indian peafowl or blue peafowl (Pavo cristatus), a large and brightly coloured bird, is a species of peafowl native to South Asia. The bird is celebrated in Indian and Greek mythology and is the national bird of India.

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

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