Lesser Whistling Duck

Driving down to my home town from Mangalore, I saw these Lesser Whistling Ducks in a nearby paddy field. They were wading in the shallow rainwater filled paddy field far off from the main road. I chose my Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM fitted with Canon EF 2X II Extender on my Canon EOS … Read more

Holi Super Moon!

Raising Supermoon Over Konaje Kallu

Coincidence with Earthquake at Japan and subsequent tsunami made the Hindu festival Holi’s moon on 19th March a Super Moon. With sensation seeking media on the toes for disaster of magnitude larger than the devastation at Japan, I headed to the highest place in my home town to capture this Super Moon. When I reached … Read more

Black Drongo

After using 5D mark II with 300mm lens & 2x extender I wanted to try out the results of my 7D with the same combination. I found this great looking Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus) sitting on a twig. As the light was good I fixed the ISO at 400 and used the existing evening light … Read more

Tawny Coster

I saw this Tawny Coster (Acraea terpsicore) butterfly on a dry twig on the same evening I was photographing kites I wrote about in my last blog. I was carrying my Canon EOS 5D mark II fitted with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS USM + Canon EF 2X II Extender. This 600mm rig was … Read more

Flying Kites

Small Indian Kites with Grasshopper

That Sunday evening I was strolling with my Canon EOS 5D mark II fitted with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS USM & Canon EF 1.4x II Extender. Focusing with 5D Mark II was not as efficient as 7D. It used to hunt before getting proper focus. I saw small bush fire nearby. People here … Read more

Chocolate Albatross

Monsoon had just begun. It was late evening. Through the incessant drizzle I noticed a small yellow brown butterfly sheltering on the bi-lobed leaves of Malabar Bauhinia(Bauhinia malabarica). On closer inspection it turned out to be a male Chocolate Albatross butterfly (Appias lyncida). I wanted to take a closeup photo but it was impossible with … Read more

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