Juvenile Shikra

Juvenile Shikra (Accipiter badius)

As I was preparing for my upcoming Lightroom workshop I found these photos of Juvenile Shikra from 2010. At that time I was using Canon EOS 5D mark II and this photo is shot from the close quarters using Canon EF 300mm f/4.0 L IS USM. This Shikra was sitting in a Jack fruit tree … Read more

Malyadi Bird Sanctuary

Northern Pintail

I was going through some of my old photos which I was trying to redo with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 for my upcoming workshop. At the same time one of my good friend Prasanna asked details on Malyadi. That made me look at the photos I had taken during my trip earlier in Feb 2010. … Read more

Commander Caterpillar

Sahyadri Commander (Moduza procris) Caterpillar

I saw this strange & bizarre looking caterpillar on the leaves of Mussaenda frondosa in my garden. The caterpillar was dirty brown with a chestnut tinge and dark reddish brown splotches all over. The body also bore numerous processes which helped it to break up its outline. Just like Hans Christian Andersen’s classic The Ugly … Read more

Robber Fly

I do a lot of close-up photography with my Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM + 1.4x or 2.0x extender. That’s not the most usual combination for close-up photography, but has several advantages: Long working distance: Due to the long focal length (420mm or 600mm) I can work at a longer distance from your subject … Read more

Brown Shrike

Brown Shrike

That Sunday evening as I was returning from my photography round, I found this Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus) sitting on an Indian Almond (Terminalia catappa) Tree. I was quite far away from the bird and there was no way I could approach the bird without startling this vigilant bird. I was holding Canon EOS 5D … Read more

Micronia aculeata moth

Micronia aculeata

That night coming home for dinner I spotted this moth on our kitchen floor. Being a pretty common moth around my house I assumed that I will get lot of information about this white moth. It was sitting on the vitrified floor tile which I have used in my kitchen. Dark clay color of the … Read more