Today’s “Image of the day” is of a Verditer Flycatcher.

Article 6 of “Image of the Day” Series.

Image of the Day- Blog 6 Shooting a Verditer Flycatcher in the Himalayas of Uttarakhand

EXIF: Canon 7DM2

Lens: Canon 400mm f/5.6

Shutter speed: 1/320 Sec

f-stop: f/6.3

ISO: 3200

Aperture Priority

Evaluative Metering.


Summer is here and so are the migrants. I nowadays, see a lot of Ashy Drongos, Verditer Flycatchers and Blue-capped rock thrushes in extremely good numbers.

The forest is also teeming with incessant calls of Great Barbets, Long tailed Minivets, Black bulbuls, Grey-hooded Warblers, Blue-throated Barbets, Wedge-tailed Green pigeons and a variety of other song birds.

Today morning on my regular walk to the forest, I took a detour and stumbled upon a thicket of dense moist plants. Though I take this path regularly, I have never been to this patch before. Sensing there might be some photographic opportunities, I sat down patiently on the path waiting for some birds.

This particular thicket had a lot of activity and within a few minutes I saw a group of Whiskered Yuhinas, a solo Chestnut headed Tesia, a pair of Verditer flycatchers, Black Bulbuls and some Warblers. I also had my first sighting ever of Black-throated Sunbirds.

Verditer flycatcher are particularly shy kind of birds and after flying off initially, this guy took 20 minutes to become comfortable to my presence and give me a shot on this isolated perch. From the moment I sat here, I had noticed this open branch and was hoping for some bird to land on it. When sitting, I adjusted my position in a way that I had a good clean, green background to the Image. When the bird came, I was ready and had to just raise the camera to my eye for this shot. This guy gave me only 3 to 4 seconds and had i not planned this in advance, i for sure would have lost this opportunity.

That’s it for the day, end of Blog 6

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