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Ballerina of the Grassland!

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Mar 08 2019
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The first light rays from the rising sun held a lot of promise. The clouds that had covered the skies for the past few days were slowly making way for clear skies. With an African Wild Cat sighting the previous morning, we sure had our hopes flying high as we drove out of the gates of Satara Rest Camp in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Sunrise brought a golden glow upon the grasslands. The glorious landscape, with vast open spaces and just a couple of trees, called for the first photographs of the morning. Something caught my eye at the […]

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2018 – A wonderful photography year!

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Feb 21 2019
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Tucked away into my flight seat, I began writing this piece as we flew out of South America towards Africa. It was the first day of the new year. And the end of one of my longest tours – all of 35 days (not to mention another 4 days of flying) spent in Argentina, Chile and Antarctica. A big smile had lit up my face a few minutes ago as I glanced through the photographs that I made through the trip. It had been an amazing photography experience, in addition to being an enriching travel experience, on virtually the opposite […]

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Photographing Jumping Blackbucks – Ethics

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Oct 21 2013

      My last post on┬áThe Leaping Blackbucks of Tal Chapar┬áposed a dilemma for me. As beautiful as running/jumping Blackbuck images look, there is always the worrisome aspect of provoking and chasing the animals to get the photograph.   Why is this worrisome? Blackbucks are animals of the grassland. Most of the places that they are found in receive very little rain (with total annual rainfall not exceeding a couple of days of rain in our metros). And, as we all know very well, running and jumping is really tiresome. With scarce food and water, the very survival of […]

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Sykes’s Lark

Aug 09 2012

Sykes’s Lark (Galerida deva) Found in dry open country, this bird is identified from other crested larks by small size, prominent crest, pale rufous underparts, stout bill and less extensive streaking on the breast. It is found in Central and South India. I’ve observed adults feeding a fledgling very close to Bangalore, indicating that the bird breeds as far south as Bangalore (if not further South). This bird was photographed near Greater Rann of Kutch on December 31, 2011.

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Brahminy Kite – Juvenile

Aug 05 2012

Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) The Brahminy Kite (also known as Red-backed Sea-Eagle) is found along water bodies and coasts of peninsular India, South-east Asia and Australia. A medium-sized raptor, this bird is distinguished by its characteristic chestnut-brown plumage contrasted by white head and breast. The juvenile can be confused with a Black Kite due to very similar size and coloration. Two distinguishing characteristics – rounded tail (lack of forked tail) and a large white patch on the underwing – help differentiate in the field. This bird was photographed in Hesaraghatta, Bangalore on Feb 06, 2010.

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