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.