Loten’s Sunbird With Eclipse Plumage

Loten’s Sunbird With Eclipse Plumage

I found this male Loten’s Sunbird Cinnyris lotenius with eclipse plumage at Bondel, Mangalore. The presence of male eclipse phases can be terribly confusing to newcomers but experienced birders generally take them for granted. Now how does the male eclipse comes about? Through moulting of course. After the breeding season the male moults its colourful … Read moreLoten’s Sunbird With Eclipse Plumage

Indian Golden Oriole

Indian golden oriole (Oriolus kundoo)

I spotted this female Indian golden oriole on a ficus tree eying the ripened ficus fruits. On that day I was carrying my Canon EOS 5D Mark III Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L II IS lens fitted with Canon EF 2X III Extender. It was an ideal portable hand holdable rig for this type of capture. … Read moreIndian Golden Oriole

Tawny Coster Butterfly

Tawny Coster Butterfly

It was near dusk, when I spotted this delightful Tawny Coster butterfly (Acraea terpsicore) weakly fluttering over a patch of Tridax Daisy flowers (Tridax procumbens), popularly known as ‘Mexican Daisies’ or ‘Coat Buttons’. Mexican daisies belong to the Sunflower family (Asteraceae ) and are quite common, all across the plains of India. Standing around 30-60 … Read moreTawny Coster Butterfly

Introduction to Digital Black & White Photography

The Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi

We see colour photos very differently from black and white photos, because we don’t actually see the world in black, white, and shades of grey. In colour, we’re looking at and discerning things in a scene based on the actual colours we perceive. Colour helps us to differentiate one pictorial elements from another. In a … Read moreIntroduction to Digital Black & White Photography

Carpenter Bee

Carpenter Bee

I spotted this Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa latipes) on a dry twig. It was holding a twig with its jaws and hanging limp and remained so for quite a long time. It was the resting behavior of these bees. Unfortunately the twig was fairly deep in the bush. Fear of waking this bee when I approached … Read moreCarpenter Bee

Scaly-breasted Munia

Scaly-breasted Munia

Golden rays of setting sun were piercing through the plumose flower spikes of fountain grass, Pennisetum setaceum. Scaly-breasted Munias were busy feeding on the ripened seeds. I was using my Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L II IS USM with Canon EF 2X III Extender on Canon EOS 5D Mark III Camera. After few minutes of accustomizing … Read moreScaly-breasted Munia

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