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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50 comments:

  1. What awesome pictures!
    How great to discover your wonderful space!
    All these birds are really beautiful so is the video of the Pitta!
    how funny he has hardly no tail! LOL!
    The light in the Tickell's Blue Flycatcher's photo is just stunning!
    And then, what can I say bout the flying Tawny Eagle looking down to the ground!
    I will certainly be back!
    Cheers and happy birding!

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    1. Thank you so much.. :)Shooting the Tawny Eagle was the toughest...

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  2. these are all beautiful shots of very pretty birds!

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    1. Thanks a lot Matt.. :) Im loving the 'L' glass!! :)

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  4. Very nice shots...loved the video..thanks for sharing..

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  5. classic ! difficult to capture these images as lighting is tricky there .

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    1. Yup..very tricky light there.. Thank you... :)

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  6. Amazing clicks , its difficult to capture in Nandi hills as lighting is tricky there and birds are very active.

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  7. A wonderful set of images. Beautiful work.

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  8. I am so envious of your captures. :)
    Truly beautiful captures.
    Any place where you have listed your gears?

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    1. Thanks So much Indrani.. :)

      The gear is listed in the 'About Me' section, but anyway i use a Canon EOS 20D, a Canon EF 600mm F4 L IS USM and a Sigma 135-400mm.

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  9. Enjoyed each image! Thank you.

    Deepa.

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  10. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Unbeatable photos.

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  11. Enjoyed these mate, good work!

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  12. Such a colorful collection of birds -- they are all so beautiful. Amazing shots. :)

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  13. I agreed...all are quite lovely and special!

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  14. Great images as usual. Well done!

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  15. Hey Angad,all the pictures are very beautiful.....I love that cute Indian Pitta.....very colorful and sweet bird.

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  16. Very very beautiful collection.
    Especially that Indian Pitta is so cute.
    The video is also nice. :)

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  17. Beautiful captures, and Indian Pitta was so cute and funny too :)

    Regards..
    Photography & Designs

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    1. Thanks Gautam... :)
      That's a nice blog... :)

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  18. Very beautiful captures. I loved the Indian pitta and the penguins. Cheers!

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    1. Thank you Ruby.. :) But i have not posted any penguins... :)

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  19. Hi Dude,

    Really, you have taken nice shots of birds. I just wanted to take a minute to tell you that you have a great site! Keep up the good work. Thanks a lot....

    Birth Of a Manta Ray

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    1. Thanks a lot for the lovely words... :)

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  20. Brilliant pictures I must say.
    Thanx for sharing.

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  21. Wow what a return to your blog. The pita, trush and flycatcher are wonderfulc apture Angad. These birds are so magnificent with bright colors and nice features. Surely you enjoyed getting so beautiful pictures of them! Well done my friend!

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    1. Thank you so much Chris..you should get the little one and visit India..we could do some great birding together... :)

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  22. Very nice pictures!
    Fantastic bird shots!
    Many greetings
    Yvonne & Raphael

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  23. Indian Pitta is very pretty, cute and adorable in the video! Great photography and truly admire your work. I had been too Nandi Hills but couldn’t see any such exotic birds. You have great eyes for birds :)

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