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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