DUETTING SARUS: © Nayan V. Khanolkar
For three consecutive days I tried photographing these birds from
early morning to late evening but could not get a satisfactory picture
of the displaying pair due to overcast conditions and limited display
activity. On fourth day, luckily, the overhanging clouds parted just in time allowing
a broad beam of light illuminate the displaying pair, and also
enabled me to set required shutter speed to freeze the action.
The original picture is slightly tilted to left because as I was
hurriedly adjusting my equipment, at the precise moment of taking
picture I accidentally stepped on a submerged Prosopis sapling. 5-6
thorns of it sunk deep in my flesh. The resultant reflex tilted the
lens and camera though fortunately it did not spoil the image.
PLACE: Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, India.
CAMERA: Nikon F5, LENS : 500mm Nikkor, FILM: Fuji Velvia, EXPOSURE:
1/125 @ f(4).