Gentle Giants

Malabar Giant Squirrel

I came across this Malabar giant squirrel (Ratufa indica) at Kudremukh National Park. Giant squirrels have always fascinated me. Unlike their constantly chattering, city slicking cousins, the palm squirrels, these gentle giants are elusive tree canopy dwellers, easily distinguished by their large size and a two to three toned, conspicuous color scheme. The head and … Read more Gentle Giants

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 more Scaly-breasted Munia

Black-rumped Flameback

Black-rumped Flameback

It was the characteristic rattling-whinnying call and an undulating flight that drew me to this wood pecker. I was shooting using Canon EOS 5D Mark III fitted with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L II IS USM & Canon EF 2X III Extender. It gave me a very little time before flying off again. It is the … Read more Black-rumped Flameback

Coppersmith Barbet

Coppersmith Barbet

Coppersmith barbet is one bird that is easiest to identify. It has a round shade yellow face and throat. The body, light green upper part and dark green streak on pale yellow under part. Then a black stripe across the eye. Another point as to why it is easy to spot and identify, it chooses … Read more Coppersmith Barbet

Cicada

Dundubia species Cicada

As soon as I saw an exuvia of cicada on one of the tree trunks in our garden, I knew we were in for an ear splitting noise of cicadas. Peak of the summer every year I get a lots of these cicadas in our garden. Exuviae is the remains of an exoskeleton that are … Read more Cicada

Sunset Over Mangalore

Sunset at 300mm Focal Length

Here is a sunset I witnessed near the Software Technology Park, Derebail Mangalore. Sun was setting over the Mangalore landscape of coconut grooves, evening haze along with smoke. You can see quite a few black kites flying in the sky. I wanted to show you how the same sunset looks when shot using three different … Read more Sunset Over Mangalore

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