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16 April 2006 @ 08:28 pm
No Las Vegas for me. Not yet. I've heard all about it being the best-est place on planet earth and so on, but the more I read about it, the more I don't want to go there. A bunch of friends were going there for the weekend and I was all set to join them, but caught fever on Friday and I had to skip the trip this weekend. However, I'm not feeling too bad of having missed out, mostly because I ended up saving a lot of money. Just kidding. It's mostly because that's not the kind of wildlife I'd really miss out there somewhere in Nevada.

Talking about missing wildlife, it's hard to digest the fact that I can't recognise too many birds or mammals on this side of the planet. At the same time, however, it's extremely thrilling to be seeing new things all the time and it'll take some time getting to know them.

And till I get some snaps of wildlife here, I have more pictures from Kabini to look at and process.

Sunset at Kabini is always beautiful.

River Tern courtship. The male catches fish and gifts it to the female. The male tern who can catch the best fishes probably wins. I wish humans were so uncomplicated! ;)

Squirrel. I was in a hide and about 5 feet away from it.

Spotted Dove drinking Water. Again photographed from a hide.

Baby Mongoose. This curious mongoose came so close that I could not focus on it and then it probably smelt me and gave this look of investigation for a brief second before it just took off into to the vegetation behind.

Juvenile Changeable Hawk-Eagle. Raptors have forward looking eyes - most predators do because it enables them to judge distance better while chasing prey and thus, the best shots are when they look directly at you. And guess what they do after that? They take off because they don't want us, vicious humans, to get close to them.

Chandrahasa Reddy Nchandrahasa on April 17th, 2006 12:45 am (UTC)
Brilliant dude... made my day :)
BrokenToothbrokentooth on April 17th, 2006 12:48 am (UTC)
This is one of your best photosets yet :)

In the US now? Whereabouts?
Yathinyathin on April 17th, 2006 01:39 am (UTC)
Bay Area. San Jose/Sunnyvale to be precise.
Shyam Mani: Gentoofox2mike on April 17th, 2006 12:51 am (UTC)
Awesome, as always. The Hawk-Eagle turned around and spotted you?
Yathinyathin on April 17th, 2006 01:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, Raptors like eagles and owls can turn their necks around quite a bit as you can see! :)
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on April 17th, 2006 12:56 am (UTC)
Wonderful photos man, were you disguised as a tree or a rock or something? As I said in my earlier comment on your later post, I am unable to take a photo from inside of my living room. Sigh

Prasanna Vprasannav on April 17th, 2006 12:57 am (UTC)
Chi chi...u missed the chance to bcome a millionaire by kicking someones ass in blackjack :(
krishikrishi on April 17th, 2006 01:16 am (UTC)
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Yathinyathin on April 17th, 2006 01:44 am (UTC)
Oh oh. It's basically a camouflaged hide-out so that animals don't get disturbed by our presence and we can get real close to them.
Dr. Tarique Sanitariquesani on April 17th, 2006 01:40 am (UTC)
The river tern courtship image is what I liked the best! =D>
astra1111 on April 17th, 2006 03:53 am (UTC)
Last two.... fantastic.. and that anon comment would be me :)
shruthi_dipalishruthi_dipali on April 17th, 2006 04:07 am (UTC)
I spent a lot of time yesterday trying to get a picture of a squirrel.. Didn't get even one decent shot.. How did you manage staying just 5 feet away and not scaring the squirrel off..
Yathinyathin on April 17th, 2006 04:30 am (UTC)
Like I mentioned... I was in a hide, so the squirrel could not see me or hear me, even though it probably smelt a human around.
Amoghavarshaamoghavarsha on April 17th, 2006 04:45 am (UTC)
amazing pics!
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Yathinyathin on April 17th, 2006 01:42 pm (UTC)
I always meter on the sun, and then frame the picture. Also, you might want to try overexposing/underexposing depending on what kind of an effect you're looking for. I usually use the Programed mode while taking sunset pictures and it seems to do a great deal of the job for me.
occhidelfino: partyocchidelfino on April 17th, 2006 09:49 am (UTC)
too good!!i liked the second pic...!!
(¯`·._.·[ (SIL) ]·._.·´¯)cyberscorpion on April 18th, 2006 12:11 am (UTC)
Awesome pictures Yathin.. You really know the art of shooting birds... Few days back I tried shooting a Blue Kingfisher and tell u wat..... its no where closer to these... BTB, what lens do u use for telephoto end.. ?
Yathinyathin on April 18th, 2006 12:14 am (UTC)
Kingfishers are tough customers. They are really shy and rarely come close enough. I don't have too many shots of them and even the ones I have are not really good. Kingfishers are best shot in Hebbal where they've become used to humans.

I use the 300mm f/4 AFS lens to shoot birds. Sometimes, when the light's good, I use a 2x convertor as well. But all the images here are shot at 300mm.
depontideponti on April 22nd, 2006 03:16 am (UTC)
Wonderful pictures...I don't have any camera questions to ask, just enjoy your postings very much!

Las Vegas IS worth a visit but it also quickly palls.

Have a great time in the US! Post some snaps from there too, they needn't be wildlife pics (unless the American bison comes calling in Sunnyvale!) Though you could snap some of those fauna that all the baseball and basketball teams are named after ;-)