A Pleasant Surprise

Buckingham Canal

Normally you don’t associate the Buckingham Canal with anything pleasant. However, last week I was pleasantly surprised to see flocks of egrets on the trees in Indira Nagar on the banks of Buckingham Canal. What is more, some were even landing on the water hyacinths on the canal making polka dots of white on the green leaves.

Let us hope more species join and the egrets continue to stay there so that we can have another bird ‘sanctuary’ in the city.

Nikon D7000

f/5.6, 1/1600, ISO 280

Nikkor 55-300 f/4.5-5.6 at 300mm.

Date: 8th March 2022

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Egrets over Buckingham Canal

Egret

Sony A 6400 f/8, 1/250, ISO 100

Sony E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS @135 mm (Eq 202mm)

I am not much of a birder. A serious bird photographer may not think much of this picture. However, I am happy with this result for three reasons.

  1. There are a couple of trees near my place, on the banks of Buckingham Canal near Indira Nagar MRTS where birds are  flocking.
  2. The amazing auto focus features of the Sony A 6400.
  3. The adequacy of Sony E 18-135mm lens for most situations. Though I would have liked a larger aperture.