Indian Pond Herons
1/320 sec, f/4
Nikon D200, Nikkor 500mm f/4.5
Location: Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan
It was a
drought time in Bharatpur and there was a stiff competition among birds
especially egrets and herons over couple of water bodies near Sapanmori.
I was at the edge of the water since early morning and around me there
was a plenty of bird activity. While I was about to pack up a movement
in the right corner caught my attention. A pond heron was approaching
towards my side of water where another one had already taken the
position. Anticipating the combat I swung the lens, the timing was good
enough to capture the action that lasted hardly for a second.
to as the 'Paddy Bird', this ubiquitous species is a great survival
artist and can adapt to flourish in almost all habitats. From a tiny
puddle in a busy city to alpine marshes in Ladakh this cryptically
coloured 45cm bird merges unnoticed till it takes flight on brilliant
white wings. Sexes alike.
Birds of India presentation
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