~ Birds of Kasol, Himachal Pradesh ~


The flora and fauna that himachal pradesh and himalayan ranges offers at such a height was truly a sight to behold.
I had carried my 300mm with 1.4 TC for all along the trek just in case if I could get to click something.
If it would have been just a photographic trip, it would have been awesome birding all along, but as it was a trek, a tough one.
I did not have that luxury to spend time with these winged wonders from himalaya.
Still, I managed few shots which I would cherish for longtime until I come back to this region and gets better of those pictures.

The reason for sharing these pictures is just the documentation of an awesome heritage that we have up there in north side of india.
I returned with so many sweet memories shooting these ones, and I came back with one promise... a promise to get back there again... soon !!!

Location: Kasol (near Kullu), himachal Pradesh, India. Sarpass Trek (YHAI-sarpass-2011).


redstart

1. The Plumbeous Water-redstart (Rhyacornis fuliginosa) Male.
Canon 5D MII, Canon 300mm, 1.4 TC
1/160sec, F5.6, ISO 320, -1/3 Ev, HandHeld.


thrush

2. The Streaked Laughingthrush (Garrulax lineatus).
Canon 5D MII, Canon 300mm, 1.4 TC.
1/125 sec, F5.6, ISO 100, -1 Ev, HandHeld.


redstart

3. The White-capped Water-redstart (Chaimarrornis leucocephalus)
Canon 5D MII, Canon 300mm, 1.4 TC.
1/400 sec, F5.6, ISO 320, Handheld.


magpie

4. The Yellow-billed Blue Magpie or Gold-billed Magpie (Urocissa flavirostris) collecting nest material.
Canon 5D MII, Canon 300mm, 1.4 TC.
1/200 sec, F5.6, ISO 160, -1/3 Ev, Handheld.


bulbul

5. The Himalayan Bulbul (Pycnonotus leucogenys)
Canon 5D MII, Canon 300mm, 1.4 TC.
1/60 sec, F5.6, ISO 160, -1/3 Ev, Handheld.


bushchat

6. Grey Bushchat (Saxicola ferreus)
Canon 5D MII, Canon 300mm, 1.4 TC.
1/60 sec, F5.6, ISO 160, -1/3 Ev, Handheld.


bearded vulture

7. "The bearded vulture" aka Lammergeier in flight...
Canon 5D MII, Canon 300mm, 1.4 TC.
1/640 sec, F5.6, ISO 320, -2/3Ev, Handheld.


griffon

8. Himalayan Griffon Vulture (Gyps himalayensis) in flight over its habitat.
Canon 5D MII, Canon 300mm, 1.4 TC.
1/200 sec, F8, ISO 100, Handheld.


tit

9. Green-backed Tit (Parus monticolus monticolus)
Canon 5D MII, Canon 300mm, 1.4 TC.
1/100 sec, F5.6, ISO 160, -1/3 Ev, Handheld.


dove

10. Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis)
Canon 5D MII, Canon 300mm, 1.4 TC.
1/250 sec, F5.6, ISO 100, -1 Ev, Handheld.


tit

11. Great Tit (Grey Tit) (Parus major).
Canon 5D MII, Canon 300mm, 1.4 TC.
1/100 sec, F5.6, ISO 320, -1/3 Ev, Handheld.


redstart

12. The Plumbeous Water-redstart (Rhyacornis fuliginosa) Female.
Canon 5D MII, Canon 300mm, 1.4 TC.
1/80 sec, F5.6, ISO 320, -2/3Ev, Handheld.




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