08 June 2019

Birds in Flight during Raya Holiday

My lifer Red-wattled Lapwings (Vanellus indicus). size=32cm
Exif: 1/8000s |  ISO 640 | f/5.6 | 400mm | Exp bias 0 step.
Testing Canon EOS 5D Mark iv and 400mm f5.6 L lens for birds in flight photography during recent Hari Raya holiday.
I set the camera at 61-points Automatic Selection AF, AV mode, AI servo and high speed continuous shutter, and just fired 7fps at any passing birds.
Unlike egret or eagle, these birds are small 20cm (Asian Glossy Starling) to 32cm (Red-wattled lapwings), and moving very fast.
With overcast weather, I have to push up the ISO to 4000. Shooting against the sky,  need to compensate the exposure to +1 to +2 to bring up the birds details.
Most of the birds fly laterally to the sunlight, except for Oriole, when the sun is at my back 
Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis), size=20cm
Exif: 1/6400s | ISO 1600 | f/ 5.6 | 400mm | Exp bias +1
Jungle Myna (Acridotheres fuscus), size=24cm
Exif: 1/8000s | ISO 1600 | f/5.6 | 400mm | Exp bias  +1 step
Jungle Myna carrying  nesting material.
Exif:  1/8000s | ISO 4000 | f/5.6 | 400mm
Oriental Magpie-Robin (Copsychus saularis), size=19cm
Exif: 1/4000s | ISO 1600 | f/5.6 | 400mm | Exp Bias +1.3 step
Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier), size=20cm
Exif: 1/4000s  | ISO 640 | f/5.6 | 400mm | Exp bias +1 step
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis), size=25cm
Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis), size =27cm
Exif:  1/6400s | ISO 640 | f/5.6 | 400mm | Exp bias 0 step
All the pic are shoot handheld.

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19 May 2019

Peak breeding season and Long-Tail Broadbill

Long-tailed broadbill (Psarisomus dalhousiae)
I always wanted to see this Elvis Presley bird since birding 12 yrs ago.
Lack of time and busy with other commitment, I forgot to go up for birding. The last I visited Fraser Hill for birding was in Jan 2013. Link==.>   HERE
That hill station is in the Raub district, about one hour drive from my house, and I regularly go up there, cycling and hiking on the Pine Hill trail. Link==.>. HERE
Then I saw MikeBirder posting in his blog about breeding season and long-tail broadbill making its nest. Link ==>>.HERE
When Mike saw it in the middle of April, the pair were busy building the  nest.
One month later, busy feeding the chick. The parents will fly into the nest in about 20 minutes intervals.
Ten photographers with big bazooka lenses waiting at the roadside about 50 feets from the nest.
When the bird arrives with insect, tap-tap-tap  spontaneous rattling machine gun like  noise from the camera.
Within seconds the parent flies away, and everybody chiming at their camera's LCD screen.
King of rock ‘n’ roll and pop Elvis Presley.
Photo from: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Imagess
Look at Elvis's hair style and thick sideburns, and compare to broadbill face. Similar?
Pic by JJ Harrison, from Wikipedia (cropped and converted to B&W)
 Long-Tail Broadbill nest (below), hanging precariously on old rattan leaves, over hill slope /  river.
That a prefect site as rattan's sharp spines deter the predator.
Other birds that I manage to catch
While waiting for boadbill, we see this barbet  perch on a vine looking for fruit.
Fire-Tuff Barbet (Psilopogon pyrolophus)
These two pictures taken near Shanzan Hotel.
Silver-Eared Mesia, feeding the chicks
and Male Black-throated Sunbird  Black-throated Sunbird (Aethopyga saturata), foraging on  a colourful Sanchezia speciosa flowers.

My next target is to see the Sultan Tit.
 Pic from Wikipedia by: Dibyendu Ash.

30 April 2019

Blue throated Bee-Eater fell down

My clinic assistant found this Blue-throated Bee-Eater at her backyard.
She brings it to me for identification. I said this bird eats bee and insect.
The bird refuses to eat anything, and die after two days.

20 April 2019

Common Birds of Srinagar Kashmir

Birding is not my  main activity while traveling in Kashmir. Just a casual observation, and with only wide angle lenses . (17-40mm f4 and 24-70mm f4 Canon lenses).
Here are the common birds around Srinagar town and garden.

Gagak- Jungle Crow foraging in a flowering apple tree.
Tiung - Common Myna
My first lifers was found at the Dal Lake in front if our houseboat - Hooded Crow

Second lifers in the Srinagar Botanical  Garden - Eurasian Jackdaw

Lifer No. 3:  Black Kite

Lifers No 4: Itik -  Little Grebe

 Lifers No 5: Common Moorhen
House Sparrow
Lifer No. 6: Tern
I arrived at the Hazratbal Mosque a few minutes before maghrib /sunset, so all the noisy pigeons are already roosted on  the Chinar trees outside the mosque. .