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16 April 2006 @ 08:53 pm
And so it begins...  
I finally went out birding today for the first time and was lucky to come across a patient little bird who wouldn't mind a crazy photographer going too close to it. I had to go close since the bird was so small!

Anna's Hummingbird.

It's always a great experience when you do any activity with a knowledgeable person. Vivek Tiwari, who's an expert birder in India (and in the US as well), took me for a brief session of birding this evening and it was a great first wildlife outing for me here. I found this place significantly different from what I'm used to in India in a lot of ways. Not just that I was seeing new birds all the time, but even the birds seem to be a lot more used to us, humans.

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Premnath Kudvapremkudva on April 17th, 2006 04:35 am (UTC)
Seeing an image like this at the top of my friend's page after a three day holiday is a sight for sore eyes.

Thanks dude:-)

PS: Birds hate me, otherday I tried to take some bird snaps from inside my house, since there were some 4 or 5 varities chirping in our garden, plus one sun bird cavorting on my cars door mirror. The moment I come back with my camera (into my living room) the garden is empty.)
Prasanna Vprasannav on April 17th, 2006 04:51 am (UTC)
Where's this??? Vegas?
Yathinyathin on April 17th, 2006 05:45 am (UTC)
Somewhere near a place called San Antonio.
nickleesonnickleeson on April 17th, 2006 07:00 am (UTC)
Aaahh, I got confused too..I live in Dallas close to San Antonio,Texas.
zhenzhizhenzhi on April 17th, 2006 05:22 am (UTC)
oh and it is so pretty too! :-)
IdahoSwedeidahoswede on April 17th, 2006 06:21 am (UTC)
San Antonio, Texas? How lovely, I used to live in New Mexico and this time of the year, the garden is always alive with all types of hummingbirds, Annas and the rufous and the ruby-throated. I hope you get to spot a roadrunner as well, they love the desert southwest and they are SO amusing and very interested in people as well.
Yathinyathin on April 17th, 2006 06:27 am (UTC)
San Antonio, California. That's another confusing part in the US if you don't mention the state. :D

IdahoSwedeidahoswede on April 17th, 2006 06:59 am (UTC)
You're right about the names, but you still get a lot of hummingbirds in that part of California as well (and possibly roadrunners) because it's still all the Southwest! I hope your friend will introduce you to the joy of chili rellenos (vegetarian) while you're there. I SO miss chili rellenos, my favorite Mexican food (cheese stuffed inside chili peppers, fried in a batter and then served with a lovely green chili sauce. Not super hot, but spicy and lovely.
Yathinyathin on April 17th, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC)
Sounds good. Will surely try them out one of these days.
Suraj Kumarsunson on April 17th, 2006 06:53 am (UTC)

If you had managed to put a 'coin' next to it to demonstrate the "small"ness, it would have been good. But then, that is too tall a request. ;)

Shalushalu_b on April 17th, 2006 08:03 am (UTC)
colorful and the bird almost looks translucent :D
sriramb on April 17th, 2006 12:38 pm (UTC)
Nice! You are beginning to develop your own style when it comes to bird photoraphy. (isolation of subject, off-center compositions, shallow DoF...). Perhaps a website refresh is due with a section for birds?
Yathinyathin on April 17th, 2006 05:33 pm (UTC)
I'm testing a new prototype for the gallery:

It still has a few bugs, but it's almost ready to be annouced. :)
goofy_duck2004goofy_duck2004 on April 17th, 2006 12:42 pm (UTC)
Very colourful bird. Enjoy your outings here.
occhidelfino: moiocchidelfino on April 17th, 2006 01:48 pm (UTC)
finally a pic from u!!;D.cute bird..:D
ZuZusuzan_s on April 17th, 2006 02:02 pm (UTC)
Wow! I somehow completely missed that you are in American!! WELCOME! I do hope you travel to the Grand Canyon....it is awesome. You can sit on the edge of the canyon wall and watch Condors as big as a house swoop down right in front of your face. Have fun.

Are you coming to Texas? You and you friend are welcome to stay with me if you do (I had five birders from Austin that stayed with me). My email is on my userinfo page.
Yathinyathin on April 17th, 2006 05:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I'd love to visit the Grand Canyon, but it depends on how much free time I can get because it's really far off from where I live.

I was planning about visiting Texas since a few of my friends live/study there, but looks like I can't make it there this time. :(
Bhavanabhavanar on April 17th, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC)
You must try to see Grand Canyon. It is very very very good. I haven't been there yet.
ZuZusuzan_s on April 18th, 2006 12:39 am (UTC)
Yes, it is... but it will probably still be here if you make it back this way.
Bhavanabhavanar on April 17th, 2006 11:17 pm (UTC)
Wow! Nice colours. In America, like humans even birds are used to strangers saying hi I guess! My friend Anna would love to hear there's a bird with that name.
santosh_t_reddysantosh_t_reddy on April 23rd, 2006 09:07 am (UTC)
Saw it on Praveen's journal.

Happy Birthday

And great photo..... :)