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15 February 2005 @ 09:35 am
Bandipur trip pictures  
I was all excited about this trip since this was the first time I would be photographing with an almost professional lens. The setup is so heavy that it's quite a bit of effort to lift the camera!

Anyways, I'm not too good at writing long posts, so I'll let these pictures speak about the wonderful trip I had.

The right most one charged at our jeep. Apparently, the other two apparently joined for an attack on other jeeps.

Changeable Hawk Eagle. Supreme raptor in these forests and it's huge and is known to lift peafowl during nesting!

Spot-billed Pelican. Shot on the way to Mysore.

Spot-billed Pelican landing!

Darter (aka Snake bird) with it's lunch.

Red-necked Falcon. It was busy trying to catch a quail when it saw us and flew to a nearby tree.

A white morph asian paradise flycatcher with it's quarry. Beautiful bird and rarely comes out in the open.

A dark morph asian paradise flycatcher. Can't decide which one is more beautiful, brown or white!

A dark morph asian paradise flycatcher.

Grey Francolin, previously known as Grey Partridge. Very common, heard very often even around Bangalore, but rarely seen.

A Common Sandpiper on the run.

A sunbird on a flower.

Common Hoopoe. If you want to see Hoopoes go to Bandipur now - you'll catch atleast a few hundred of them.

Monitor lizard.

Stripe-necked Mongoose. The largest mongoose in these forests.

Dhole, or Indian Wild Dog. Hunts in packs and even leopards and tigers try to avoid these savage killers.

Intelligent Brt Monkey's Thinkpad! A Bonnet Macaque investigating kalyan's laptop in BRT.

A giant Malabar squirrel. I was trying to get closer to this guy when I leaned on the Draco

Praveenpraveenk on February 15th, 2005 02:05 am (UTC)
dude!! awesome and a half..you should be looking to sell these pics to JLR..no jokes
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Yathinyathin on February 15th, 2005 03:12 am (UTC)
I'm off to BRT this weekend! :D
Bhasker Hariharangromhellscream on February 15th, 2005 02:10 am (UTC)
awesome snaps!!! you should seriously consider selling them..:)
Jayantjaggu on February 15th, 2005 02:23 am (UTC)
Awesome pics
Amazing snaps. Consider changing your profession :) ....
Yathinyathin on February 15th, 2005 03:13 am (UTC)
Re: Awesome pics
I'll still got a long twisty way to go before I can even consider professional photography! :D
Shyam Manifox2mike on February 15th, 2005 02:49 am (UTC)
Wow super pics. What do you use to insert watermarks onto the images?
Yathinyathin on February 15th, 2005 03:05 am (UTC)
Krishna_aks_ on February 15th, 2005 04:11 am (UTC)
You are soooo lucky! :)
Bhavanabhavanar on February 15th, 2005 04:12 am (UTC)
WOW! And I mean WOW! So many of these I've never even seen in real life.
You ought to start recording wildlife videos since you're good at getting the timing right.
Bhavanabhavanar on February 15th, 2005 04:15 am (UTC)
BTW on an average how far are you from the birds? Just curious about the amount of zoom that your camera gives.
Yathinyathin on February 15th, 2005 04:32 am (UTC)
about 15-20 feet. That's the closest you can go in most cases! :)
Dr. Tarique Sanitariquesani on February 15th, 2005 04:25 am (UTC)
> with an almost professional lens

Which one?
Yathinyathin on February 15th, 2005 04:33 am (UTC)
Nikon 300mm f/4D ED AFS, with TC2.0IIe.
Dr. Tarique Sanitariquesani on February 15th, 2005 04:38 am (UTC)
Any gen on how TC2.0IIe works with Kallu's 200mm VR?
Yathinyathin on February 15th, 2005 04:39 am (UTC)
yeah, I've used that combo as well, it works very well, but makes the setup heavy to shoot hand-held.
Kiran Jonnalagaddajace on February 15th, 2005 05:10 am (UTC)
Wouldn't a telephoto prime end up forcing you to move around a lot to get your framing right?

(Needless to say, amazing pics.)
Yathinyathin on February 15th, 2005 05:12 am (UTC)
Yep, it does, but that's just a minor issue when you have that AF speed (and quietness) and sharpness!
Dr. Tarique Sanitariquesani on February 15th, 2005 05:48 am (UTC)
Heh! I was debating exactly the same issue with Swati a while back - we settled for zoom first primes for near future
Shijesta Victorshijesta on February 15th, 2005 06:25 am (UTC)
Truly great pictures. I wish I too could do it!
Yathinyathin on February 15th, 2005 06:50 am (UTC)
It's really simple. Just take a camera and visit these lovely jungles! :)
shinimenon on February 15th, 2005 06:48 am (UTC)
WoW! Another range of masterpieces from the Expert!!!!!!!!!!:>
preethipreets on February 15th, 2005 11:26 am (UTC)
neat job!! :)
smilingbuddhasmilingbuddha on February 15th, 2005 02:37 pm (UTC)
totally awesome pics man! this is so cool, being able to go to a place like that.
WigNesvighy on February 16th, 2005 12:46 am (UTC)

super pics...u da man :)
(Anonymous) on March 22nd, 2005 10:48 am (UTC)
super pics .
wonder if you used the AF
any idea how a Tamron AF XR asperical (28-300mm) lens wud do in sucha situation and without a tele-converter??
Yathinyathin on March 22nd, 2005 11:28 am (UTC)
I used Nikon 300 mm f/4 + TC2.0x IIe.

Never try to use a TC with a zoom, unless it's a really high end zoom like a VR lens or something.
astra1111 on May 25th, 2005 08:04 am (UTC)

Super duper stuff.....
u are really good....