Bird photography at Karnala Bird Sanctuary using a Mirror Lens on 12.2.11

This morning, I went to Karnala for the first time. I have heard of the sanctuary since since the past couple of decades. Fables about bird spotting etc. at Karnala have traveled far into the land. I had great expectations from this outing. Well, the trip didn’t live up to my expectations. I did encounter four lifers though. And spectacular ones at that!

A couple of weeks ago, I’d encountered a male Purple Sunbird at Nerul. This morning, we spotted a female.

The Purple Sunbird (female) Cinnyris asiaticus

Check this out:

The Crimson-backed Sunbird or Small Sunbird (Leptocoma minima)

This thing is awesome. I enjoyed looking at the colours of the Crimson-backed Sunbird.

The Oriental Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis)

This is some kind of Flowerpecker. Not sure which one.

The flowerpeckers are a family, Dicaeidae , of passerine birds. The family comprises two genera, Prionochilus and Dicaeum, with 44 species in total. The family has sometimes been included in an enlarged sunbird family Nectariniidae. -wikipedia

And these flowers grow wild.




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6 responses to “Bird photography at Karnala Bird Sanctuary using a Mirror Lens on 12.2.11

  1. I enjoyed viewing your photos today and realise just how difficult it can be getting a decent photo with a mirror lens. These little birds are so quick in their movements so good light and a quick reaction are needed. Quite often they are in folliage so I have to go back to manual focus myself which takes time and skill as well as good lighting conditions. Love the photos and a great effort in capturing these delightful little creatures.

  2. Wow….that’s quick :-). And irrespective of quality of images, records are so important. I can imagine the tough time shooting with Mirror lenses and that too in a forest area like karnala where even for spotting birds you need to be very vigilant and patient (especially in a group as big as we had today). These forest birds, most of the times, give very short time even for looking at them….forget about shooting :-):-).

    Nice work….keep birding…keep clicking….keep writing!!

  3. I have never seen the red sun bird! Or maybe seen but not known what it was…
    Enjoyed these photographs.

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