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duetting sarus, Grus antigone

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).


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Taken on August 27, 2008