We reached the entry gate of Keoladeo National Park at 7 am, after completing breakfast. When we eventually stepped out, the clock showed 4 pm. Surviving only on 2 bottles of water and a packet of Haldiram’s Namkeen, we spent 9 hours inside the sanctuary. That’s how engrossed the birds kept us.
Samarth, Sidharth and I were mere novices in DSLR Photography, barely figuring out the right combination of ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture to get a decent click. We were stunned to say the least, on how many bird enthusiasts had turned up on a Saturday morning, and more so, by the size of their lenses. There were lenses as big as 2 to 3 feet long that could probably zoom into the eyes of a Grey Heron sitting half a mile away.
The National Park has a main road that’s 5.5 km in length, one way. After walking around for a couple of hours early in the morning, we hired cycles to cover more ground. There were innumerous detours one could take, to explore the park. In one such detour down soggy roads, we spotted this beauty.
It took me around 15-20 minutes to click this. She wouldn’t stay in one place. When you start slowly approaching her, she’d fly to some other branch. Look at her expression. Truly an Angry Bird.
Bigger birds were easier targets. One, they’re big. Two, they don’t move much.
One of the detours in pursuit of the Indian Saras Crane didn’t yield any result. On advise of one of the guards, we took a detour and walked for 20 minutes one way in pursuit of the Saras. She was playing Hide & Seek 500 metre away from us. With 250 mm lens, you can only do so much. On the way back to the main road, we spotted this.
I was scared of it. I just clicked this pic and vacated the area in a minute. There were others who spent 30 minutes around this snake, out in the open, to get a good click.
The following three clicks were easily done. Biscuit crumbs were the bait.
Some other clicks from the Photo Walk, below.
At the end of the trip, this was my reaction! Paisa Vasool.