Kingfishers of Keoladeo National Park

Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis – Lumix G9 and Leica 100 – 400 mm. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/400 sec, ISO 200

On this very short visit to India, my wife and I spent three days in Bharatpur, Rajasthan at the Keoladeo National Park to photograph wildlife.  These three images are of the three species of Kingfisher that can be found in the region this time of year.  The Stork-billed and Black-capped are known to be around but I have not been lucky to ever see or photograph them.  Of the three, the Common Kingfisher is the most elusive and least common.  The White-throated is easy to find and easy to photograph.  The Pied kingfisher can be seen at many locations but is very elusive for photography.  It hovers with a very rapid wing beat so requires high very shutter speed.

For these three days, I used the Panasonic Lumix G9 with the Leica 100 – 400mm lens and the Leica 200 mm f/2.8 and the 1.4X tele-extender.  I can not say enough about how much I enjoyed this kit and its performance truly excels.

White Throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnens – Lumix G9 and Leica 100 – 400 mm. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/500 sec, ISO 200

 

A hovering Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis – Lumix G9 and Leica 100 – 400 mm. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/1000 sec, ISO 200

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6 Comments

  1. Janet Roxborough March 1, 2018 at 10:33 pm #

    Great shots of fascinating birds. I hope your trip is for fun.

    • sverma March 1, 2018 at 10:42 pm #

      Thanks Janet. Yes the trip is for fun and for some photography too.

  2. Nancy H Brown March 1, 2018 at 10:39 pm #

    Stunning photos — as always! Especially with some being so elusive!

    • sverma March 1, 2018 at 10:43 pm #

      Thanks, Nancy. The number of species that come to this place in the winter is fascinating. The Kingfishers are resident.

  3. Ashish Chandola March 1, 2018 at 11:19 pm #

    Lovely photos, Shiv! I am hoping move back up North again with Dehradun as base. Do keep in touch and it would be lovely to meet up.

    • sverma March 2, 2018 at 12:40 am #

      Thank you, Ashish. Happy to hear that you are moving back and look forward to meeting you on my next visit.

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