I have been studying wildlife and wildlife photography for a long time. But bird-photography is my favorite! I am taken over by the temptation to click theses colorful winged beauties. Bird Photography is easier said than done. Any bird, smaller or bigger, doesn’t let us come closer easily. So my earlier plans of using 300mm lens failed a lot of times. But then, I began to observe their habits, habitats and specialties keenly, to find ways to get a closer access. The birds fly away if they get a hint of our approach. So getting closer to them is a time consuming task which needs a lot of patience. One has to sit still near the ponds or in the jungles, and wait for the birds to come nearer. So I began using a camouflaged ground hide/blind. These blinds hide our presence from the birds and help us to get a closer look, without disturbing them. This technique is of a vital importance for a wildlife photographer like me. This helps me study their natural movements and other things. Moreover the closer we can get the better poses we can click!
Photography from these blinds is a difficult skill to acquire. You have to sit cross legged with an eye sticking to your camera. Sweaty body and cramped legs & back are part and parcel of these long waits. But the reward is an opportunity to click the natural movements and poses of birds from the nearest possible distance. I have clicked a lot of my good shots using this technique. This eye-level-shot has its own uniqueness. I have faced a lot of adversities while clicking the birds, right from lying on the ground for hours, sitting on the branches of trees and fighting the swarming mosquitoes in swamps. But this has added to variety in my snaps.
I have travelled from the Himalayas to the South India and from Gujrat to the North-East of states of India, following the birds. This travelling and photography has always been extremely joyous, beyond words. I’d say the real joy of wildlife photography lies in clicking the birds. So if you want to enjoy, start following the wings… firstname.lastname@example.org