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23 November 2006 @ 10:34 pm
Jewels of the Forest  
The bird survey thing went well last week. While I was not birding, I managed to take a few snaps and they include several first time photographs!! That's exciting. Few more bird species on my list now.

Blue-bearded Bee-eater. The largest bee-eater in the world.

Greater Flameback.

Forest wagtail. Late in the evening, bad light, bad photograph, but still my first of this not-so-common bird.

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo. One of the most wonderful specimens I've seen and I'm glad I have a photograph to show.

tracieprettyname on November 23rd, 2006 06:08 pm (UTC)
I just love the first pic in particular. You're so good! :)

I had a woodpecker on my balcony a few weeks ago. I've never seen them in the flesh before and it was hammering at the stand my satellite dish is on. I missed being able to take a photo of it though which is a shame as I haven't seen it since, but was just two feet away from me originally :)

velvetinkvelvetink on November 24th, 2006 02:27 am (UTC)
Wonderful esp the first one! and the Drongo. It's always exciting capturing an image of something you don't see very often!
Arunbirdonthewire on November 24th, 2006 04:47 am (UTC)
Gorgeousness. The first & last ones, in particular.
depontideponti on November 24th, 2006 06:34 am (UTC)
What lovely photos! I am glad that I was with you when you spotted the forest wagtail and the "bbb-eater"!

I wish I could post-process my pictures...but I will post them as they are, I think the one that Vijay shot will be good enough.
usha658 on November 24th, 2006 01:00 pm (UTC)
Couldn't take my eyes away from the page - so much beauty?
ex_neke on November 24th, 2006 07:18 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous! Especially the first and the last one. :)
(Anonymous) on November 27th, 2006 06:15 am (UTC)
great pics
Hi Yathin,

All your wildlife pics are amazing. How do you expose
for dark birds like the drongo above and get such a lot
of detail? Do you shoot RAW? Can you tell me about the
post processing you do? (or point me to any related comments
you posted earlier)

Yathinyathin on November 28th, 2006 01:50 am (UTC)
Re: great pics
Dark birds like the Drongo probably need a little bit of luck. This one was sitting in the light and the surrounds were in the shade, so could get a decent shot.

I shoot in RAW.
ajat: Andre Nelajat on November 27th, 2006 11:56 pm (UTC)
Wow ! That woodie is striking. And that sheen on the Drongo !