Today’s story describes about me shooting this beautiful Chestnut bellied Nuthatch

Article 28 of “Story of the Day” Series.

Story of the day-Blog 28- Nuthatch- The Beautiful One of the lot


Camera: Canon 7D Mark2

Lens: Canon 400mm f/5.6

Shutter speed: 1/800 Sec

f-stop: f/6.3

ISO: 2000

Aperture Priority

Evaluative Metering.

Isn’t it an amazing feeling, when you plan something and it happens better then you had imagined it to be? Such incidences rarely happen in the world of wildlife photography, but when they do, it simply blows one’s mind away. This day was such a day, when everything went better than planned. I made so many keepers this day that I could post images every day for more than 30 days in a row.

So this was spring and I was visiting my Maternal Aunt’s home. I knew of a particular Semal tree, which I knew would be in full bloom at the time. I had only one morning and two evenings here, and had planned to sit beside this tree on all of them. The first evening was not very productive, so was the second . This Morning however was a totally different story. Waking up at dawn and trekking around 1 Kilometre, I reached this tree around sunrise. The tree was already teeming with Red billed blue Magpies and Black bulbuls feeding actively on the flowers.

Taking a vantage position, almost eye level to the tree, I sat down inside some bushes and prayed to god for some good activity. My oh my, did god listen to me. This day i shot non-stop for hours. The birds just kept on coming.

Black Bulbuls, Red Vented Bulbuls, Himalayan Bulbuls, Rufous Sibias, Variegated Laughing-thrushes, Warblers and Nuthatch. They all visited the tree as if it was a party and kept me engaged for hours. The only reason I stopped shooting is because the light became too harsh later on.

I have never seen Nuthatches on flowers, except on Semal flowers. So this shot is extremely special to me.

That’s it for the day, end of Blog 28

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