Spotted Owlet (Athene brama indica)
Recently a cousin of mine,Madhav Rathore, an experienced, enthusiastic birder, bought a Canon EOS 7D with a huge telephoto lens. When I kidded him about buying such an expensive camera he insisted on taking me birding in the Central Park one evening. That is when the use of the camera became apparent to me. He was shooting birds perched at the top of tallest of trees where as I was limited to shooting squirrels and birds sitting in front of me in the grass.
But I got hooked to birding that day. I am no expert birder but by my own experience it is far easier to watch birds today. I take a picture of the whichever feathered friend which dares to cross my path and later on I put an ID to it with the help of a couple of Books. Where the books fail The Net comes to help. This method helps to engrave the names of the birds in the mind too. So the next time I come across the same bird I say smugly,” That is Brahminy Mayna you know !” and so on…
One thing you will notice is the exotic names of the birds. I can bet you powers that be who gave names to the birds put more thought in naming the birds than in naming their newborn sons. They have names like starling,Black Drongo,Grebe,darter etc. And each bird has its own charm. Own uniqueness which will hold you in thrall.
I have been to the Central Park many times before the day we went birding but I did not notice the birds before that day. Oh I could see the pigeons and the doves but the other beauties were hidden behind a muslin curtain as it were. Somebody had to point the birds out to me. Do you know usually we see two types of Doves in Jaipur one is Laughing Dove and the other is the Eurasian Collared Dove. And that the house sparrow may be endangered soon enough! Who would have thought of it!
I have been posting photos I take around Jaipur to www.flickr.com for some time now. If you see the stats on the photos you will realize that people like photos of flowers and plants more than photos of birds. I do not know why that is so but we have to be more aware of the beauty surrounding us in the form of birds more. Birds forage in the early morning but people go for their morning walk just then too. So the birds perch themselves on the highest branches of the trees. I suppose they come down later. I do not know.There are some birds which do not mind people at all and are all over the grass in the Park.
Now a days in every home there is a computer and a digital camera. All you have to do is to buy a beginners guide to birding. Be sure to buy one which has photos of the birds & not sketches. You can graduate to the books with sketches later.
Now find some time for yourself and the birds and go for a walk in the nearest Park or garden. Happy Birding.
I am posting some photos of the Birds I found.
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Light plays a big role in making a photo stand out. Golden hours are the sunrise and the sunset.When shooting monuments you have to know where the sun will be at a given time.
It is a good idea to start the day at the Amber Fort because the rising sun illuminates the Fort and you can have early morning darshan at the Silla Mata Temple.You can not take pictures around the temple and the palaces will open later on.You should concentrate on the exterior of the Fort only. If you want you can take pictures or make a video riding an elephant to the top of the hillock. One tourist tweeted from her smart phone while riding an elephant up to the Amber Palace. She wanted to be the first to do so.
Now you have a choice either you can wait for the Amber Palace to open to photograph the interiors and then visit the Jaigarh Fort for taking pictures of the Jaigarh Fort and the Cannons and to take pictures of Jaipur and Amber fort from the Jaigarh Fort OR you can head back to Jaipur and take pictures of the Jal Mahal Palace in the Man Sagar Lake against the rising sun and take pictures of the facade of Hawamahal bathed in the early morning sun light.
Later on around noon you can take photos of the Jantar Mantar, Isar Lat & the City Palace. If the spirit moves you you can climb the Victory Tower after paying a small fee and take pictures of the Nahargarh Fort from there.
On your way to the Nahargarh you can take pictures of Jal Mahal from high up.
If you do not mind heights you can even book an early morning hot air balloon ride to take pictures of the city from high up.
Sisodia Rani ka Bagh has to be captured in your camera in the morning. In the evening you will be shooting the palace against the light. Central Park is nice in the evening.The facade of the B.M.Birla Conference venue on the Statue Circle is best shot in the setting sun. The founder of Jaipur’s Statue stands tall at the Statue Circle.You can take its picture also now.
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The festival of lights, after spreading a lot of cheer, is gone till next year and Jaipur is ready to welcome Winter.
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