I reside in Chandigarh, India. Being in army - I have spent more time outside the city than in this city. However after retirement the things have changed and I am discovering the joy of birding at places I have not visited for last 25 years perhaps. I was being told by everyone in our very own 'Chandigarh Bird Club' - Oh - the birds at Punjab University, Wow - the birds at butterfly garden - and though I was up and away roaming all places far and away, I was missing my own backyard. I decided to sort this problem out - and am now on a tour of visiting every birding place in and around nearby.
I took the big step to correct this anomaly by kicking myself out of the bed in the morning and going to Punjab University. The target being four Brown Hawk Owls residing there. I reached there at 0600 in and we had our Chandigarh Bird Club birders already there. As I greeted them (Mr Saiyam and Mr Palash) told me even before I asked them - in hushed tones - they are there and pointed to a bamboo thicket.
It was way too dark under the thicket canopy - all the same I could make out the faint outline of the birds sitting. As I brought up the camera to my eyes - the first problem surfaced - I mean that the light was low became problem no 2 and the fogging on the lens became a major concern. I had the camera with me in the room since yesterday and AC was on, then while I drove about half an hour to the University the car AC was also on. I did not realise that the hot and humid condition outside would fog up my equipment. Well I waited almost 15 minutes - spending time with the feathered guests. Eventually I got impatient and cleaned the lens with my hanky and got about shooting. First few shots were just that - shot in the dark ;-). It was only when I started ramping up the iso that the birds became visible. Finally it was 6400 iso that did the trick. The birds - as you would have guessed by now were a beauty to be in the company of.
|Okay - they were sleepy but took out time to open the eyes and stare at me...|
|It had enough and turned her/his back on me - come on... - I was not even playing the calls...|
|Different bird - same place, infact they were all sitting pretty close to each other|
|Go Off - that's what this bird seemed to say - and I packed up and went back...|