Today’s “Image of the day” is of a Common Buzzard

Article 19 of “Image of the Day” Series.

Image of the day-Blog 19- Shooting a Common Buzzard in the Himalayas of Uttarakhand


Camera: Canon 550D

Lens: Canon 400mm f/5.6 L

Shutter speed: 1/250

f-stop: f/6.3

ISO: 200

Aperture Priority

Evaluative Metering.


My bladders were bursting and I had to pee that instant. I remember that day as if it happened yesterday. It was a cold winter morning in Munsiyari. The morning birding was good and i was returning to my hotel. My tripod was sturdy and i swear to god it was not imbalanced in anyway. I was halfway peeing, when I suddenly heard a sound that shook my core. The sound of my tripod and camera hitting the ground.

I don’t think, there’s any adjective that can describe how I felt then. Alone, in that dense forest, as I looked at my camera’s broken screen, I cursed life and god for being so cruel to me. I cried my eyes out wondering what my future was to be. Coming to my senses after a few minutes, I took a deep breath and pondered, well my screen in broken, but at least the camera works. So for the whole trip, I was shooting blindfolded, my camera always underexposed by 2/3 of a stop, so as not to blow the highlights.

Well that happened and while returning back, I stayed at a place called Udiyari bend. I swear, the sunrise witnessed from this place is one of the best that one can see from Kumaon. The previous evening, my hotel waala told me about a village some 5 Kms away, which had good sightings of White-crested Laughing thrushes. So waking up and taking a truck, I reached this village well before sunrise. A retired Army officer thought i was a terrorist. We had a good chat while i satisfied his curiosity and enjoyed a hot tea.

White-throated laughing thrushes were the first to wake up at dawn. It was when I was following them, that I noticed this lone Common Buzzard sitting high atop a tree. An extremely beautiful sun was rising beyond the ridges and perched on this tree this raptor looked absolutely majestic.

The reason this was shot in evaluative metering is because, my screen was broken and there was no way for me to change it to spot without seeing the screen. Fortunately since the scene was mostly bright, the camera’s meter read for the highlights and did not blow up the sun.

That’s it for the day, end of Blog 19

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