Photographing Butterflies – A mini HowTo

Dark Blue Tiger [Explored]
Dark Blue Tiger (Tirumala septentrionis)
When my above butterfly picture made it to Flickr explore, making the count of my butterflies in explore to five I got a couple of request for writing a HowTo about capturing good butterfly pictures. I am not claiming to be an expert in butterflies nor do I assume that I have taken exceptional pictures but after having taken a second look at the pictures I posted to Flickr I realized that a few things were common to most of the pictures. This is more of a list to tips and tricks than a complete HowTo

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Forty on Flickr explore

Forty on Flickr explore

1. Dark Blue Tiger, 2. Great Cormorant pair, 3. Indian Flying-fox (Pteropus giganteus), 4. The hidden dozen, can you find them?, 5. Little or Striated Heron, 6. Summer is here!!!, 7. The critically endangered Long-billed or Indian Vulture, 8. Pale-Billed Flowerpecker, 9. The critically endangered Red-headed Vulture., 10. Happy birthday Swati!!, 11. Bay-backed shrike – … Continue reading Forty on Flickr explore

Great Cormorant – A vicious cycle?

Great Cormorant – A vicious cycle?

Currently IUCN Red list classifies the conservation status of the Great Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo, as of Least concern. However it was not so always

Life Updates!

Was going through older posts searching where to people land up with the weird search terms that I so often keep seeing in the analytics screen I felt the urge to do an LJ style update post (Take that Twitter!! You just don’t make the cut). Things which are dominating my free time?  TV serials: … Continue reading Life Updates!

Pale-billed Flowerpecker

Pale-billed Flowerpecker

This bird is rather plain looking, it not is endangered or rare but still getting a full frame photograph was a thrill! Pale-billed flowerpecker (Dicaeum erythrorhynchos) is a tiny bird, 8 cm long, and is one of the smallest birds occurring in most parts of southern India and Sri Lanka. It is reportedly common in … Continue reading Pale-billed Flowerpecker

Bay-backed Shrike

Bay-backed Shrike

This post is merely for testing my latest Flickr related WordPress plugin – Flickr foto info. If you view this post on my blog – hover your mouse over the picture above…. Amongst other thing – this picture made it to Flickr explore on 27th Feb 2010, rising to #5 You can grab the plugin … Continue reading Bay-backed Shrike

The quest for “Dongar Dudaa”

The quest for “Dongar Dudaa”

The quest had long been in the making but it was being postponed for quite some time because I knew whenever we started out we will surely complete it. Umm… will cut out the dramatics – “Dongar Duda” is the local Korkus name for the critically endangered Forest Owlet, Heteroglaux blewitti.

Rann of Kutch: Day 7 – Last day and the Last word!

Rann of Kutch: Day 7 – Last day and the Last word!

All good things come to an end would be a cliché but then they do and today was the last day of this mega birding trip and it was a fitting end I would say! We had reserved the morning for the McQueen’s Bustard. The day started with a close encounter with a Steppe eagle. … Continue reading Rann of Kutch: Day 7 – Last day and the Last word!

Rann of Kutch: Day 6 – Republic Day

Rann of Kutch: Day 6 – Republic Day

26th Jan, 2010: Roughly 250 kilometers on bumpy terrain with temperature ranging from 7 degrees Celsius to 34 degree Celsius and lots of dust. Am dead tired, my face it all chapped but it was the best Republic day celebration for me ever

Rann of Kutch: Day 5 – Day of nothing much.

Rann of Kutch: Day 5 – Day of nothing much.

25th Jan, 2010: This can be termed as “The day when nothing much happened”. We left CEDO, Nakhtrana at 6:00 am and reached Rann Riders , Dasada at 12:00 a distance of 350km.