Today’s “Image of the day” is of a Whiskered Yuhina.

Article 3 of “Image of the Day” Series.

Image of the Day- Blog 3- Shooting a Whiskered Yuhina in the Himalayas of Uttarakhand

EXIF: Canon 550D

Lens: Canon 400mm f/5.6 L

Shutter speed: 1/60 Sec

f-stop: f/5.6

ISO: 400

Aperture Priority

Evaluative Metering.

I remember that cold, wet and dark evening as if it happened yesterday. We were shooting birds high in the Himalayas in the month of May. Around 4 in the evening it started raining and continued to do so until it was almost dark. We were frustrated at a washed out birding session and therefore to console our desperate souls decided to take a walk around the village. Everybody was sure that there would be no shots and so nobody (except me) took their cameras.

Being the ever optimistic guy I am, not only did I take my camera but my heavy tripod too. As we were strolling outside the village, there came this flock of 8 to 10 Whiskered Yuhina. Whiskered Yuhinas are shy, ultra-skulky birds, furthermore they are extremely fast and hop from plant to plant in a matter of seconds.

While my friends were cringing at not bringing their cameras, I set up my camera and fired off whatever I could in almost dark, praying for at least one good frame. This is the only shot I got that day.

Being in the wild is a continuous learning process, and i have learned to expect the unexpected. It’s not like I have learned. It’s more like, I know that anything can happen in the wild. This day too I just knew that anything, which I could not think in my wildest dreams could and will happen. I took my camera expecting the unexpected and it did.

If some of you have used this lens, you know that this lens is sometimes not very sharp at f/5.6. The only reason i opened up my aperture to f/5.6 was to take in all the light i could to get a decent shutter speed. I was using the 550D at the time, therefore increasing my ISO any further would have made the image unusable.

I got this shot and ever since, have been trying to get another frame of this beauty without any success.


That’s it for the day, end of Blog 3

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