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Friday, 27 March 2009
Red-wattled Lapwing from Nagarhole
Category: Birds 'n Animals

Met this bird while driving along the Nagarhole national park, during a trip to Nagarhole / Thirunelli / Kushal Nagar:

This is a Red-wattled Lapwing, thanks again to Gowtham and John for identifying it. The scientific name of the bird is 'Vanellus indicus' and it has a characteristic loud call, resembling the phrase 'did he do it?'. I initially shot the bird from inside the car, but since it was at a much lower plane, the background came out as distracting. Then I got out of the car and sat on the road for a shot from the same height as the bird :) Fortunately, the bird stayed there for a few shots!

The pic is taken using the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L telephoto lens, handheld, Av mode, F/5.6 and ISO-400 for a 1/500s exposure. I later did some cropping (3888 to 2400px) and contrast adjustment using GIMP.

Posted by usandeep at 12:01 AM
Updated: Friday, 15 May 2009 1:02 PM
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Tuesday, 7 April 2009 - 11:28 PM

Name: "Dhanya"
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This couple (there were 2 of them right?) seems to be the permanent resident in that spot. Every time we go that way se can spot them in that same place :)

Thursday, 9 April 2009 - 5:26 AM

Name: "yeau"
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Very beautiful. Lovely Bokeh

Thursday, 9 April 2009 - 3:08 PM

Name: "Thomas"
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Neat and clean shot of the lapwing. Well done

Friday, 10 April 2009 - 3:02 PM

Name: "mohkum"
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Nicely captured! I like the brid for her watchful eyes and alertness!

Saturday, 11 April 2009 - 5:52 AM

Name: "SrideviR"

Blood red flowing from the eye…neatly pleated wings, stealing a sideways glance at you and I’m sure it had a good camouflage in the busy background. The red lipped leaves with open mouth wondering at its marvel. Cute bird! ..."did he do it?' is echoing in the mind.


Tuesday, 14 April 2009 - 4:54 PM

Name: "joshi daniel"
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lovely! good composition also!

Friday, 17 April 2009 - 11:29 AM

Name: "sandeep"
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Dhanya: I saw only one. But most probably there was one more in the vicinity since I heard loud calls between them

Yeau: Thnx ... and welcome here

Thomas: Thnx a lot. It feels good to get a pat from the masters of the trade :)

Mohkum: Thnx and nice to see u here. I'd seen ur blog earlier and enjoyed ur shots.

Sridevi: Now thats a neat description ... thnx. U shud try poetry :)

Joshi: Thnx Joshi ... but I am sure this birds is not as pretty as the non-feathered ones u click :)

Monday, 11 May 2009 - 6:44 PM

Name: "Unny"
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Very Beautiful.

We saw many of his/her cousins at Pench National Park too.

I am struggling to figure out all the greek and latin (to me) of photograhy terms & techniques from the description of each of your photos. 

More questions and doubts through mail soon.




Thursday, 29 October 2009 - 11:17 PM

Name: "Tabib"
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I have yet to see this beautiful Lapwing.

Great picture!.


Friday, 30 October 2009 - 12:30 AM

Name: "andy"
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Excellent photo

Friday, 30 October 2009 - 9:58 AM

Name: "Larry Jordan"
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Awesome photo of the Red-wattled Lapwing Sandeep!  It was well worth getting out of the car to get that great angle.  Nice bokeh too!

Friday, 30 October 2009 - 11:53 AM

Name: "Vamsee"
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What a crisp and clear image. Beautiful!

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