Today’s “Image of the day” is of a Green tailed Sunbird

Article 4 of “Image of the Day” Series.

Image of the Day- Blog 3- Shooting a Green tailed Sunbird in the Himalayas of Uttarakhand

EXIF: Canon 7DM2

Lens: Canon 400mm f/5.6

Shutter speed: 1/1250 Sec

F-stop: f/6.3

ISO: 200

Aperture Priority

Evaluative Metering.

It’s extremely annoying when you see a bird this beautiful every day for more than 3 months and still not be able to take a satisfactory shot. Everyday this guy would give me a glimpse, never the opportunity though to shoot. This morning was however different. After i had explored my decided route for the day, I took a detour and came to this group of Rhododendron trees in full bloom.  There were some Eurasian Jays, Chestnut- crowned laughingthrushes and Great Barbets actively feeding on this group of trees. As I sat down besides, this beauty came out of nowhere and very actively started hopping from flower to flower.

Whenever I sit at a location waiting for birds, depending on how feasible it is, I select up to 2 to 3 perches which I think are good. Then I very patiently wait for birds to come only on these selected perches. Here too this tree had a lot of flowers, but this was the only flower  placed strategically with respect to photography. The leaves were far enough to provide some level of separation between the bird and the background. Also this flower is somewhat in open and has no distracting leaves overlapping with it.

Instead of following the bird from flower to flower, I focused only on this one and waited patiently for it to come.  I even had the direction which I hoped it would look for me to get a satisfactory shot. Was it facing to the right, the shot would have not been so appealing due to that leaf in the right side of the frame.

Fortunately for me it came, and fed on the flower for 5 seconds or so. Giving me enough time to fire a number of shots and eventually nail it after so many months.

That’s it for the day, end of Blog 4

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