Friday, January 1, 2010

2009 ends on a good note! :)

Firstly Happy New year to you and your family! :) hope you all had a blast.

In this post i will combine two trips made on the 25th & the 30th of December, 2009. Both were to Hessarghatta lake. Again a lot of common species.

25th December, 2009
Headed to Hessarghatta pretty late with my friend Rahul, who's in town for a short visit. Was testing my friends Sigma 170-500mm on the 1-D MkII. The AF was pretty good, but nowhere close to a L-lens. I did however prefer the Manual Focus on a few occasions, where in AF mode, the lens began to hunt a lot.

Pariah Kite

Pied Bushchat - female


Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark

Pied Bushchat - female

Indian Roller

Indian Roller

30th December, 2009
Made my third trip to this place with Piyush on a two-wheeler. Take my word, 2-wheelers arent the best option for birding, they tend to scare away a lot of birds! :P
All images shot with Sigma 135-400mm DG APO (hand-held & manually focused)

Black Drongo

Pariah Kite

Paddyfield Pipit

Brahminy Kite

Hopefully this year, i manage to add many more species to my list. Hope you all enjoyed the pics. :)
Do leave feedback as to which pics you liked, and what you didn't.

All Images are Copyrighted Angad Achappa and may not be used in any form,website or print media without written permission of the Photographer. For any inquiry for the photographs please contact: angadachappaphotography@hotmail.com

10 comments:

  1. I loved the Pariah Kite in flight. That's an area I need to practice.
    Happy New year!

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  2. Nice images, well composed as well. Wishing you many such moments in the New Year...Thomas

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  3. Happy New Year to you. I love the photos of the Indian Roller, and the Pied Bushchat looks really peaceful & serene.

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  4. Ha, there are no images of yours to have disliked, for they are all exceptional in every way. The only complaint that I would have, is that you have opportunity to locate many more species of birds and such, then I have here. Winter is upon us and there are even fewer for now. I look very much forward to viewing your new images and your introduction to the many species in nature that we would never be able to view otherwise. Happy New Year~

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  5. HI,
    Wow you ended 2009 very nicely... I wish you will start 2010 in the same way!

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  6. Another smashing series Angad. Happy New Year.

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  7. Thanks Dave, Thomas, Sharo, Mary, Chris & Frank for the wishes and comments. :) Hope you all had a lovely New Years eve. Will be visiting your blogs shortly!!

    @Mary: Actually, i agree with you on this front, my only limitation, is i don't have a vehicle to travel around, so i tag along with friends whenever they're traveling. Will try and get as many species as i can this year... :)

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  8. Amazing photographs! Its wonderful that you have managed to photograph so many raptors! Where did you photograph them?

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  9. Hi Aditya, thanks for the comment. :) As mentioned inthe post, they were shot at Hessarghatta

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  10. hey..very nice angle and a good use of the lens, you really have a good vision of composing the shots. Your shots have the perfect moods with a good timing. Lov'd to see ur pics..

    jus a little suggestion try to use point shoot and pan it will lock your moving objects. Else you are the master.

    Regards

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