Thursday 28 December 2023

Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary

வெள்ளை அரிவாள் மூக்கன்

 Quick drive to Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary

As soon as I received the Nikon Z180-600mm lens, I desperately wanted to test it and take some photographs of birds, predominantly in action / flight. After all that was the main purpose of getting this lens.

But the recent rains in Chennai and surrounding areas put a hurdle on the plans. Finally, got a chance this past weekend to do a testing. Along with a couple of friends I visited the Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary in Andhra Pradesh, just across the border of Chennai.

Though the morning was misty, I did not have any hesitations in pushing the lens and the camera to a high shutter speed / ISO. Here are some of the photos taken during the 2 hours trip to the Bird Sanctuary.


Though the Robin seems to be perched quietly, it was jumping around quite a bit in the early morning.
பச்சை பஞ்சுருட்டான்

The Green bee-eater against the sun and some colourful flowers in the foreground were a lovely start for the day.

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The juvenile waiting eagerly for the parent to return back with food.

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Taking the first flight in the morning

நீளவால் தாழைக்கோழி

The non-breeding plumage of the Pheasant-tailed Jacana was quite a different site compared to the long tail it gets during the breeding season. Will have to visit again to see if we get to see one in its full splendor.

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These were some of the fast fliers. The lens did good to stick to the eye of the bird!


Warming up slowly to the winter morning


சின்ன நீர்க்காகம்

Yet another fast flier. But no problems in getting the picture in focus!

Collecting twigs for building the nest. In the next couple of months there will be lot of feeding activities for the younger ones!

கொண்டை நீர்க்காகம்

This was only a very short trip. Hope to have more action photos of bird with this lens.