Celebrating with friends

For last few years, a ritual I seriously followed on my birthday was to paint. This was to ensure that I do my favorite activity at least once in a year. However, this time, I decided to do photography at a nearby bird sanctuary along with my husband. I had visited Sultanpur bird sanctuary earlier when I tried to take pictures of birds with my basic camera lens. Having birds as your subject at some distance is a challenge with 18-55mm  so I included a 70-300mm zoom lens in my repository. Here’s sharing with you some of the very first pictures taken by my new apparatus.

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Considering the ambiguity about the opening time of the sanctuary we reached there at about 10 Am and figured out that it opens at 7 am now a day. Although, I was fearing that we might not find the birds in variety, given the sun rays had entered in abundance inside their habitat, we got to see quite a variety of them. It was difficult to notice the minute physical attributes from a distance (they all looked brownish or greyish). I realised this even more, after looking at the pictures later.

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The purple or Western Swamphen, Bluethroat, Northern pintail, Gadwall and Eurasian teal were some of the migratory birds that were easily identifiable. Spot-billed duck, Greater coucal, Indian pond heron, Indian night heron, Grey heron, Red-wattled lapwing and Golden prinia were some Indian birds that I was able to capture, along with omnipresent Rose-ringed parakeet, Great egret, Indian cormorant and white-throated kingfisher.

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Domestic antelope was another unavoidable species residing in the park.

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The visit was incomplete without some shots of the park- the grass, the branches, the leaves and the decor.

This was my first trial with the new 70-300mm and I enjoyed celebrating my birthday with such lovely hosts and guests (domestic and migratory birds). Winters is the best time to visit a bird sanctuary, therefore, this is the time for all the bird lovers.

A visit becomes more interesting if you have a companion who shares your subject of interest. I would like to thank my companion for being there with me 😉

 

 

 

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