Today’s “Image of the day” is of a Blue Whistling Thrush

Article 7 of “Image of the Day” Series.

Image of the Day- Blog 7 Shooting a Blue Whistling Thrush in the Himalayas of Uttarakhand


Camera: Canon 7DM2

Lens: Canon 400mm f/5.6

Shutter speed: 1/250 Sec

f-stop: f/6.3

ISO: 2500

Aperture Priority

Evaluative Metering.


In the past few days, I have been able to locate two nests of Wedge-tailed green pigeons and one of an Ashy Drongo. Also today morning I was extremely fortunate to see the courtship of a pair of Indian paradise flycatchers. Since they were in between dense trees, there was no shot and I put my camera aside.

My binocular however, offered me an amazing view and the way the male danced around the female, flicking its tail in the smoothest way possible was just a treat to watch. The female however, seemed uninterested and was constantly avoiding any contact with the male. After an interesting 10 minutes show, they disappeared into the dense forest beyond.

I then moved to a different spot near a HISWOL (Garhwali Name) tree, which now a days is full of berries. I eat them almost daily, and so does a Whiskered Yuhina.

The bush is also frequented by some Wedge-tailed green pigeons, Oriental white eyes, Black Bulbuls, Warblers and Chestnut-crowned laughing thrushes.

As I was sitting and shooting a Wedge-tailed green pigeon, a Blue whistling thrush, out of nowhere came and landed less than 15 feet from me. Though very common, Blue-whistling thrush is an extremely shy bird and hardly stops to give a shot. This guy however seemed a bit curious and gave me some 8 to 10 seconds of shooting time before flying to the forest beyond.

I have been wanting to make a portrait of this guy for a long long time now and today this guy finally offered me an opportunity to make the same. I loved the green background contrasting strongly with the dark blue color, and the yellow beak of this guy.

If i could re-shoot it now though, i would have used a f-stop of f/7.1 or even f/8 to get the head and beak tack sharp.

That’s it for the day, end of Blog 7

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