Today’s “Image of the day” describes my experience about shooting a Bearded Vulture at Chaukori

Article 22 of “Image of the Day” Series.

Image of the day-Blog 22- Shooting a Bearded Vulture in Himalayas of Uttarakhand


Camera: Canon 550D

Lens: Canon 400mm f/5.6 L

Shutter speed: 1/240 Sec

f-stop: f/6.3

ISO: 200

Aperture Priority

Evaluative Metering.


Remember my camera screen which I describe in Blog 19. This image was taken with that still broken camera, three days after. When I stayed at Udiyari Bend (Highly recommended for a sunrise), I saw a lot of vultures there, that too the rare ones. The Red headed Vulture, the Himalayan Griffon and the Cinereous.  I had till that point, never seen a Bearded vulture and that was not even why I stayed at Udiyari Bend.

4 Kilometres from Udiyari Bend is Chaukori. Chaukori provides majestic views of Maa Nandadevi and Sunandadevi bathed in golden light, the only reason I stayed at Udiyari bend. I trekked 4 kilometers one way every day, for two evenings and two mornings to capture a Sunrise/sunset on Nandadevi.

On my last evening, I came to know of a temple situated atop a mountain peak. I can’t remember the name of the temple, but it was a 2 Kms uphill trek. Reaching well before sunset, I waited and prayed for the sky to clear up. While I was waiting, I saw this bearded Vulture soaring repeatedly around me. I did not know then, that this was a Bearded vulture and took multiple shots while it kept soaring . Since my camera screen was broken, I could not review any of my shots and was firing off in the Blind.

The clouds never cleared that evening and when I reviewed my images back at home, I was thoroughly disappointed to know, my camera missed the focus for this image by a hair.


That’s it for the day, end of Blog 22

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