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Northern Pintail – Slow Shutter speedNorthern Pintail

Northern Pintail – Slow Shutter speed

It was a gloomy Feb morning. Foggy and being one the very few birders that morning inside Keoladeo Ghana National Park, it seemed like an undeclared holiday. Even the birds had decided they would hardly move and the atmosphere was a lazy, inactive one.

I finally arrived at the big marsh where the northern pintail would be roosting during these days. I sat down next to the marsh chitchatting with my rickshaw chauffeur. We started discussing the Sarus cranes and their nesting and spent a lot of time hearing the cacophony of these birds while my camera was frowning at me as I had left it unattended for over an hour.

While we ignored the birds and got deeper in to our conversation, we heard a big flutter and in 3 seconds each one of the 200 odd birds that were roosting vanished. The action grabbed our attention and I noticed the culprit that had chased away the peaceful pintail.

A Marsh Harrier it was – the first mover of the day. The harrier was on a hunt and the pintail avoided his presence and moved a kilometer away and sat down the marsh. We relocated to the new spot where the pintail were roosting and by now my mind started opening up to ideas and one of the ideas resulted in this picture.

Shot on shutter priority it was a simple slow-speed pan technique shot on a Canon 600 and a 1D M3 then. EXIF tells me it was 1/40sec.

#Tip : Being a cloudy/foggy day, it was very tough to get sharp photographs due to the low-light. So I took advantage of the situation and started thinking of the opposite – a slow-shutter speed shot.

#Bharatpur #Jayanth_Sharma #Bird_Photography #Toehold

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