Photographing birds on the hills of Assagao using a Mirror Lens

ASSAGAO 15°36′0″N 73°45′0″E

The White-browed Wagtail or Large Pied Wagtail, Motacilla Maderaspatensis

I visited Anne Ketteringham at Assagaon on one of my later visits to Goa. She had been living in Harmony Villas on the hill at Assagaon since the past three months. The hills are home to an assortment of birds. Anne had kept a few shallow earthen bowls filled with water in the garden downstairs much to the delight of the birds that lived there. We stationed ourselves at the landing on the second floor and photographed them as they quenched their thirst.

The villas are spacious and comfortable. They give you complete access to the kitchen – the fridge, microwave etc. ideal for long-stays.

The Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, Cyornis tickelliae

The Red-whiskered Bulbul, Pycnonotus jocosus

Technical Notes

  • I find it difficult to focus correctly on a bird that’s on the branch of a leafy tree. I tend to get the leaves in focus and not the bird. Although I try very hard to focus right, I find this happening time and time again. I wonder why.
  • A good pair of binoculars is essential for spotting a bird in the hills. This is primarily because most birds camouflage themselves very well whilst on trees. Even a 500mm lens can be inadequate in such situations.

The Ashy Drongo, Dicrurus leucophaeus

The Common Blackbird, Turdus Merula

The Leafbirds, Chloropseidae

The White-browed Fantail, Rhipidura Aureola

The Jungle Babbler, Turdoides Striata

And whilst at Assagao, we spotted a Stick Insect or Phasmatodea:




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9 responses to “Photographing birds on the hills of Assagao using a Mirror Lens

  1. Pingback: Photographing Egrets at Vasai Fort, Benaulim, Assagao and Sewri « bird photography with a mirror lens

  2. The stick insect pic is priceless.

    Gorgeous pics btw.

  3. excellent collection of pics… already digged this story.. well done..

  4. beautiful photographs 🙂

  5. Excellend photographs and it certaily brings back fond memories of our photo shoots together. Have set up a blog and trying to find my way round others like yours, using them as a footprint to get started. You never know, I might master it one day, Berst Wishes. Anne

    • The January of 2010 was magical! I’ll never forget the 6:00 AM bike rides to Assagao in the freezing cold. And the bacon etc. that you had on offer!
      Good luck with the blog!

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