Tuesday, April 19, 2011

News from Hebbal lake

After coming back from my vacation, I have not made trips to any new place. Just had made couple of visits to Hebbal lake. I do not have much to write here except that these photographs have been taken over a period of 2-3 visits. (Note: Click on the photograph to view the larger version)

Grey tit can be seen quite often playing around in sun
Purple heron sitting at its usual place in early morning light.
Brahminy kite hovering around looking for some kill
Ashy prina can always be found busy doing something under bushes. After a while it comes out in open.
Purple rumped sunbirds are very busy during morning. Just wait for a while and you can get it close enough  and get a decent shot. 
One more closeup shot of Purple rumped sunbird. See its face is covered with pollen.
Purple moorhen is very common bird here. 
White-cheeked Barbet can be seen sometimes, though most of the times it is perched high on trees. This time I got it close enough though.
Red-whiskered bulbul is so commonly seen all around Bangalore and Hebbal lake is no different. This time it seems to have got something for breakfast. 
Another shot of Grey tit.
Tickell's flycatcher can be seen sometimes. I have spotted it about 3-4 times at Hebbal.
Tickell's flowerpecker is another bird that is very common here. Wait for some time and it gets very close to you and gives chance to shoot frame filling shots. 
Purple rumped sunbird checking out a flower for some nectar.
Small blue kingfisher has some fixed places where it can be spotted easily. 
Tailor bird can also be seen in plenty, but strangely I haven't able to get more shots of this bird. This is the best that I have got.
Silhouette of spotbill duck bathing under golden morning light.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Evening at Mehrangarh Fort (Jodhpur)

March 08, 2011

Every year when I visit to Jodhpur, Mehrangarh fort is one place which I always visit. This fort is so beautiful and  majestic that it draws me towards it again and again. Last year I had been to Mehrangarh and had enjoyed seeing historic beauty in the small museum which hosts collection of different items used by Maharajah. This time my plan was to shoot the fort during evening and hopefully capture the fort in late evening light.

I reached the fort at around 4 PM and headed straight away on the top where one can have a breathtaking view of the Jodhpur city. The sun was not down so I hanged around for a while. My only concern was that the evening will start to bloom by 6 PM which is also the time after which the visitors are not allowed in the fort.

I clicked few shots over the period of couple of hours and this is what I got.

Getting in the fort
One more shot taken when getting in. The sky was clear and had a nice blue color.

A small shop in the fort selling colorful puppets 

On top of the fort, overlooking the Jodhpur city

Sun getting down quickly, unfortunately it was time to leave the fort. I always loved the golden tones in the nature during a sunset.

Sun setting over the Jodhpur city. This one was taken quickly when going back.

One more

I quickly changed my lens to capture the huge ball of sun. This one was taken with my 70-300mm lens at round 250mm.

Almost gone!!! 

After the sun was down, I got down and walked to Ganta ghar to have Mishrilal's lassi. This is another place which I always visit when I am at Jodhpur.

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