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Bird photography at Okhla

Bird photography at Okhla bird sanctuary (Greater Noida, India)

I am in India for work and was able to do a quick visit at Okhla bird sanctuary. I have been there already last year where I was able to spend some more time, whereas this year I only spent a quick morning in the sanctuary. It’s a great place and I love to come here to do bird photography at Okhla. I always meet friendly bird photographers and there is a nice variety of beautiful birds. Due to time constraints I focused only on bee-eaters – unfortunately I didn’t find any kingfishers as this would have been nice as well. The conditions were pretty difficult as there was a lot of straight sunlight without any clouds and hardly places to get some shade – it was 45 degrees already at 10ish in the morning.

Green-bee-eater

The Green bee-eater (Merops orientalis) belongs to the Meropidae family that contains of 27 bee-eater species. I like these birds quite a bit and usually never have a chance to see them.

Bird photography at Okhla
Nikon D750 500mm f/4.0 | 500mm, f/7.1, 1/1250, ISO 500
Bird photography at Okhla
Nikon D750 500mm f/4.0 | 500mm, f/5.6, 1/1600, ISO 200
Bird photography at Okhla
Nikon D750 500mm f/4.0 | 500mm, f/5.6, 1/1600, ISO 200
Bird photography at Okhla
Nikon D750 500mm f/4.0 | 500mm, f/5.6, 1/1250, ISO 320
Bird photography at Okhla
Nikon D750 500mm f/4.0 | 500mm, f/7.1, 1/1250, ISO 500

I did try some flight shots but these guys where quick fast and I didn’t had a tripod with me. So me arms almost fell off while constantly holding the 500mm lens. Also the heat wasn’t helpful – ok these are all just excuses, I just didn’t manage to get what I wanted. A few shots turned out ok but I am not fully satisfied with them. Never mind, this always reminds me that I just need to work and train harder.

Bird photography at Okhla
Nikon D750 500mm f/4.0 | 500mm, f/7.1, 1/2000, ISO 500
Bird photography at Okhla
Nikon D750 500mm f/4.0 | 500mm, f/7.1, 1/2000, ISO 500
Bird photography at Okhla
Nikon D750 500mm f/4.0 | 500mm, f/7.1, 1/3200, ISO 500

Here we are getting a bit closer but I completely fckup up the settings. 1/1250 is just way to slow and I kind of didn’t pay attention. I easily could have pushed ISO a bit and increased the shutter speed to 1/2500 or so. Also I could have maybe stopped down to f/8 – but nah, mainly the slow shutter killed these shots (mainly the second one).

Bird photography at Okhla
Nikon D750 500mm f/4.0 | 500mm, f/7.1, 1/1250, ISO 500
Bird photography at Okhla
Nikon D750 500mm f/4.0 | 500mm, f/7.1, 1/1250, ISO 500

A few other shots

As said, I mainly have been focusing on the bee-eaters but was able to get a few other shots. Starting with the Yellow-footed green pigeon (Treron phoenicoptera). I love pigeons and believe that they are way underrated. Pigeons usually have amazing eyes and so has this one.

Bird photography at Okhla
Nikon D750 500mm f/4.0 | 500mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO 1000

Next one is a little black bird. Nothing special but just a nice background.

Bird photography at Okhla
Nikon D750 500mm f/4.0 | 500mm, f/7.1, 1/1250, ISO 500

And just when walking out of the park, I found this little guy – almost at the same place where I found it last year – Spotted owlet (Athene brama). Cute little one.

Bird photography at Okhla
Nikon D750 500mm f/4.0 | 500mm, f/7.1, 1/1600, ISO 1250
Bird photography at Okhla
Nikon D750 500mm f/4.0 | 500mm, f/7.1, 1/1600, ISO 1250
Nikon D750 500mm f/4.0 | 500mm, f/7.1, 1/1600, ISO 1250

Let me know your thoughts

I hope this article was helpful for you. If there is anything you are looking for, please let me know and I try to find examples to discuss. I hope next time you are in Noida you go and visit this place and maybe do some bird photography at Okhla bird sanctuary.

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