Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Indian Grey Mongoose

One evening we(Mahesh, Vinay & I) decided to head out to our favourite photographing spot in Bangalore, Hessarghatta. Thankfully this day there weren't any other vehicles & photographers, after traveling some distance I spotted a mongoose sitting on a mound at quite some distance. We decided to slowly approach it and get nearer. As we went closer i noticed another tiny body next to the mongoose, it turned out the mother was sitting with not only with one but two babies. :)

Here are two photographs from that day.

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 Indian Grey Mongoose
Bangalore, Karnataka


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Indian Grey Mongoose with baby
Bangalore, Karnataka

Both the images were shot with a Canon EOS 20D and a Canon 600mm F4 L IS USM resting on the car window.

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Indian Elephant - a portrait in monochrome

Here is a portrait id made last year of an Indian Elephant in Kabini, Karnataka. The image was originally shot in color and later converted to Black and White in Photoshop CS3.

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Indian Elephant
Canon EOS 20D + Canon EF 600mm F4 L IS USM
1/250sec, F4, ISO-800 @ 600mm

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Black Drongo

Here is an image I made in low light last evening, while my friends were photographing this bird, i was limited to taking close-ups at their range. Just about within my MFD (minimum focusing distance).
I was quite happy with the outcome in terms of sharpness(1/40sec) and exposure on the bird and the background. Hope you like the image! :)

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Black Drongo - closeup
Canon EOS 20D + Canon EF 600mm F4L IS USM

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Eagle with attitude - Changeable Hawk Eagle

Firstly HAPPY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY DAY, although i think everyday should be one. :D


Changeable Hawk Eagle
Eagle with ATTITUDE!!


So this was i think way back in Jan-Feb when we decided to drive down to Bandipur. While images of Changeable Hawk Eagles or Crested Hawk Eagles are common, I just loved the attitude shown here by this bird.

What is also very interesting about this bird is the variety of prey it feeds on, from frogs, snakes and birds all the way up to langurs!! On this occasion we witnessed it attempting to catch a tiny bush, what surprised me was that as soon as the prey flew into a bush this huge raptor skillfully followed and tried to take it down. The agility with which it maneuvered inside the bush was a real treat. Sadly the hunt wasn't successful.

Changeable Hawk Eagle
Take-off just before the attempted hunt

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Indian Roller (state bird of Karnataka)

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Indian Roller

So here is another post of this beautiful bird, the Indian Roller Coracias benghalensis which also happens to be the state bird of Karnataka.

I will not be writing a lot of text in this post, for that you can view the previous post HERE.

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Indian Roller
All Images were shot using a Canon EOS 20D and a Canon EF 600mm F4L IS USM handheld.

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Blue-tailed Bee-eaters in action

blue-tailed bee eaterBlue-tailed Bee-eater Merops philippinus


So here are a few images of Blue-tailed Bee-eaters i made in the month of May. Hope you enjoy them.

All the images were shot on a Canon EOS 20D with a Canon EF 600mm F4 L IS USM lens using rear-focus AF.

blue-tailed bee-eaterA pair of Blue-tailed Bee-eaters on the ground.


blue-tailed bee-eaterA pair of Blue-tailed Bee-eaters with their catch!

Blue-tailed Bee-eaters are near passerine birds from the Bee-eater family. They breed in South-eastern Asia, and are seen during the season in most places in peninsular India.

It is a richly-colored slender bird that can reach lengths of 23-26cms. The body is mainly green with a blue tail, from which it gets its name.

Blue-tailed Bee-eaters feed on insects, especially bees, hornets and wasps. They also feed on dragonflies (as seen above) in equal numbers. Quite often they are seen beating the insects cought in their beaks against twigs or branches, this is done to break the insects exoskeleton.

They nest in colonys in sandy banks or open flat areas, with the birds laying five-seven eggs each. Both the parents take care of the eggs and chicks.

A note to photographers: Please avoid going too close to the nest as this prevent the parents from taking food to the chicks inside the nest.


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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Leopard on rock -Bandipur

Another trip to Bandipur!! :)

It started of with Mahesh Reddy, Vinay S Kumar and I heading for Bandipur late night. Our destination was Jungle Lodges. It had been raining tigers over the past few days in Bandipur, with sightings of them for over an hour. For some strange reason i just knew it, what we were going to see was a Leopard, and that too one on a rock, an image i'd only dreamt of making.

Just before we headed for the morning i remember telling Mahesh 'dude, we'l change the sightings at Bandipur from tigers to leopards, and hopefully will get to see one on a rock.'

It was just two minutes into the safari, when i spotted a thin stripe of something golden-ish on one of the rocks and decided to wait for a few seconds to confirm that it was a leopard before shouting 'LEOPARD LEOPARD LEOPARD'. This was the very same rocky area that i had seen way back in 2008 and had dreamt of seeing a cat on it from that very first safari.

I cannot explain the feeling of seeing a cat at the very same spot id dreamt of for four years. Hopefully you like the images of this sighting as well!!

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Both the images were shot using a Canon EF 600mm F4 L IS USM mounted on a Canon EOS 20D.

Both Mahesh's & Vinay's images can be viewed at Mahesh Reddy Fotografy & Vinay S Kumar Photography.

For bookings and info on Jungle Lodges, Bandipur please CLICK HERE

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Indian Eagle-Owl

During one of our trips to Kabini, we decided to take a small diversion to look for the Indian Eagle-Owl (formerly known as the Rock Eagle-Owl).


Indian Eagle-Owl, Bangalore Rural, Karnataka
Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 600mm F4 L IS USM

The Indian Eagle-Owl, Bubo bengalensis, is considered a sub-species of the Eurasian Eagle-Owl Bubo bubo. They are found in hilly and rocky scrub forests and often among abandoned stone quarries. Their diet mainly consists of rodents and other small mammals. During winters they tend to prey on other smaller birds.
They breed during the months of November to April, often using the same nest year after year. They lay 3-4 eggs, which hatch after about 30 days. The chicks are dependent on their parent for close to six months. 
The main threat to this species is due to various superstitions among villagers, which often lead to them being captured and killed.

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Friday, April 6, 2012

State Bird of Karnataka - Indian Roller

Indian Roller Coracias benghalensis
This lovely bird below is the Indian Roller. It also happens to be the state bird of Karnataka. The Indian Roller gets its name because of the 'rolling' display of the male during breeding season. They have a huge variety when it comes to prey ranging from small insects such as crickets , grasshoppers, bees, etc and larger prey such as lizards, scorpions, mice, etc.

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Portrait of an Indian Roller

indian roller on moundAn Indian Roller perched on a termite mound

There has been a recent development at the grassland where these images have been photographed and if action is not taken, we may see the end of this particular habitat of theirs!! At first, the government planted saplings over here(half of which have already died), did they not realize the meaning of the term 'grassland', who plants a huge number of tree saplings in a grassland, and now the great minds at work here want to build a theme park or a film city at this very grassland. It is time THE SYSTEM changes, let us take a stand against this stupidity!!

Click HERE to sign the online petition agains this nonsense!!

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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Save a grassland!!

Hessarghatta has been one of the favourite photography spots for most Bangalore photographers, so wast is the number of Migratory birds here, especially raptors that photographers from nearby states visit this place.
This is where i have photographed all those lovely raptor images and the on below that you have liked.
Sadly this place is under threat from our government. They want to set up a Theme Park or a Film City here.

Please sign the online petition below to save this wonderful habitat!!

Eurasian Marsh Harrier

Please sign this online petition to save this wonderful grassland!!
http://www.change.org/petitions/the-chief-minister-vidhana-soudha-bangalore-stop-the-development-of-a-theme-park-on-the-grassland-near-hesaraghatta?utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=friends_wall
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Friday, March 9, 2012

Birding at Nandi Hills

A place where id previously gone and struggled turned out to be a heaven for birding this Feb.

Nandi Hills is situated approximately 60kms from Bangalore, a little beyond the International Airport. Nandi Hills is very rich in bird-life, making it a very popular birdwatching spot.

The images from the first day are:

Indian Pitta at Nandi HillsIndian Pitta
Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 600mm F4 L IS USM, Gitzo tripod with ball head

Eurasian Blackbird at Nandi HillsEurasian Blackbird
Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 600mm F4 L IS USM, Gitzo tripod with ball head

Nilgiri Wood Pigeon at Nandi HillsNilgiri Wood Pigeon

Orange headed thrush at Nandi HillsOrange-headed Thrush

Tickell's Blue Flycatcher at Nandi HillsTickell's Blue Flycatcher

Tickell's Blue Flycatcher at Nandi HillsTickell's Blue Flycatcher

We also saw a pair of Common Kestrels and a pair of Peregrine Falcons towards the end of the trip.

A note to photographers: Nandi Hills usually has very poor light, so be prepared to use a high ISO and a tripod if possible.

All the above images were shot using a Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 600mm F4 L IS USM, and a Gitzo tripod with ball head for support.

The second day was a day well spent with raptors. We saw a staggering 8-9 Tawny Eagles, a pair of Bonelli's Eagles, a lone Egyptian Vulture and a lone Black Eagle.

It was just awesome watching the eagle fight amongst themselves. I have a lot more images of the eagles, but will upload the later.

Tawny Eagle in flightTawny Eagle in flight
Canon EOS 500D, Canon EF 600mm F4 L IS USM, hand-held

Since i had borrowed my friends Canon EOS 7 D on the first day, i decided to try out the HD video option on it. I short a very short clip of the Indian Pitta. Hope you guys like it!! :)

Indian Pitta from Angad Achappa on Vimeo.




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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Spoonbill Image on National Geographic Magazines online page

eurasian spoonbill ranganathittuA Eurasian Spoonbill shakes of water after emerging from a bath

Finally an achievement worthy of mentioning. This Eurasian Spoonbill image of mine was selected for display on National Geographic Magazine's website!!

Here is a screen capture from the website:

image published on National Geographic Magazine website
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Saturday, January 7, 2012

a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!! :)

The legendary Gowri...

While people were busy deciding which party to head to on New Years eve, the six of us bums hadn't even decided on a place. Siting at Hotel Airlines we were busy chalking out various plans, and then it was decided, Kabini it was going to be.

Our journey began around 12:30AM as we headed of to Kabini, six of us cramped into one little car(AKA 'Hessarghatta Express').

Our first safari in the morning with some excellent skills by our naturalist Afsar 'Billicatcher' and we saw her, a majestic tigress walking across the game trail. A fantastic moment for all of us. It was even more special for Aditya & Ajay as they had been dying to see a tiger in South India their entire life(26 years to be precise)! While Vinay V, Vivek and I could only enjoy the moment, Vinay L, our champion photographer managed to get an image o her, and what an image it was. You can see the image HERE.

I only managed to get a few images of a Crested Serpent Eagle and a young Tusker.

A young Tusker in Kabini
A young Tusker in Kabini

An Indian Elephant calf at Kabini baby elephant

The evening safari had the regular sightings such as Spotted Deer, Elephants and Sambar Deers. What a way it was to end 2011. A tiger sighting on our last day of the year.

We decided to spend the first day of 2012 in Bandipur, and what a decision it was. Another Tiger. This time it was Gowri, the legendry tigress from Bandipur. She has successfully raised 8 cubs to adults in the last 2 years.

Tigress Gowri at Bandipur National Park
Tigress(Gowri) at Bandipur

Another image of Gowri

Thank you boys for making this New Years special!!

All the images in this post were shot with a Canon EOS 20D & a Canon EF 600mm F4 L IS USM, while Vinay's image was shot with a Nikon D3S & a Nikon AF-S Nikkor 600mm f/4G ED VR

A tip for amateur photographers: Please do not use your flash inside the forest!!


Links for images/reports from the blog:
Ajay's Blogpost
Vinay L Photography
Vinay Venugopals photograph
Vivek Kumar's photograph

Click HERE for my previous Kabini Trip report and images

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Kabini Calling!!

Kabini Backwaters
After traveling to most of the Tiger Reserves in Karnataka, there was still one left to be ticked off the list, Kabini.

The backwaters of Kabini, which adjoins the Nagarhole National Park is a heaven for any wildlife photographer. After coming across a lot of leopard photographs from the region, i knew this was where i would make my first ever leopard image. Kabini is also famous for its large congregation of elephants during summers.

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A leopard resting on top of a tree in Kabini

indian leopard at kabiniThe leopard grooms herself before setting off for the night

On the 10th of December along with Sagarika, Sandeep, Suman and Prasana, we left Bangalore at 7AM and headed for The Serai, in Kabini. We checked in at our resort just short of lunch and were introduced to the GM Mr. Ashwin Pinto, who gave us a brief introduction about the resort and also about Kabini. From the time we arrived, we were all exited about the jungle safari that was just an hour away and it is in that very Safari towards the end that we found her sitting on a tree. I was thrilled, my very first safari in Kabini and id got my leopard image. My trip was made.

The night was spent chatting with the others over dinner.

The next day we opted for the jungle safari again in the morning and the boat safari in the evening. The morning safari yielded some fantastic sightings in the form a Malabar Flying Squirrel in broad daylight. It is quite rare to see them during the day as they are mainly nocturnal. We also came across a huge tusker on the banks at Sunset Point.

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A tusker enjoys a mud-bath on the banks of Kabini Backwaters

tusker or bull indian elephantA tusker on the banks of Kabini Backwaters

The evening boat ride yielded some very good elephant herd sightings. Kabini Backwaters is also home to a large number of Ospreys.

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An Osprey at Kabini Backwaters

Crested Serpent Eagle The SeraiCrested Serpent Eagle

The next day before it was time to leave, we went for a short nature walk along the banks of the Kabini Backwaters with the head naturalist Mr. Kuttappan who showed us quite a few birds. The highlight of which for me was the Blue-tailed Bee Eater.

Blue-tailed bee-eater
Blue-tailed Bee Eater

Wild Boar at kabiniWild boar in the backwaters

sambar deerA sambar deer grazing along the banks

I must take some time out to thank Mr. Ashwin Pinto, the GM at the The Serai, Kabini, who was kind enough to help us plan the trip.

Some more images from the trip:
That's me photographing elephants at Kabini during the boat safari

Tusker along the banks

Common Kingfisher small blue kingfisherCommon Kingfisher

sunset at kabiniSunset at Kabini


We stayed at The Serai. Do visit their website for more details: http://www.theserai.in/en/in-the-waterfront.html

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