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Spot Billed Pelicans at Muttukadu Backwaters, India

 
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Sep 11, 2013 07:51 |  #1

Muttukadu backwaters is a lagoon sheltered from the the Bay of Bengal by a sandbar, about 20 km or so south of Chennai India. I got a ride in a rowboat there and was able to approach the pelicans fairly close without spooking them. All were taken with the 7D and the 100-400L.

These are spot-billed pelicans. I believe they are near-threatened or vulnerable according to IUCN. I saw quite a few of them at Muttukadu, perhaps around 50.

I always enjoy seeing photos of birds in faraway places and I am happy to return the favor. Hope you enjoy them!

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Sep 11, 2013 07:51 |  #2

My, what a pretty face you have! :)

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Sep 11, 2013 07:58 |  #3

Awesome Scrumhalf, just awesome.


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Sep 11, 2013 10:27 |  #4

Fantastic shots! First one is a great habitat shot, second one is a great full body shot, third is a great In flight, forth is a great group shot, and fifth is a nice closeup! You have it all covered! :)


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Sep 11, 2013 14:01 |  #5

Thank you both for your kind words! And Craig, indeed, it turned out to be keeper set! :)


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Sep 11, 2013 15:42 |  #6

Wow-those are real nice. Well done.


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Sep 11, 2013 17:44 |  #7

Very well done Scrum


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Sep 11, 2013 20:45 |  #8

Great shots; I especially like the portrait.
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Sep 11, 2013 20:55 |  #9

Pelicans are so cool, and you photographed them so well!


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Sep 11, 2013 21:01 as a reply to  @ SJC from VT's post |  #10

Fantastic captures! Superb clarity!


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Sep 12, 2013 09:08 as a reply to  @ sliceotime's post |  #11

Lovin your recents posts of the big birds! Fabulous.


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Sep 12, 2013 09:15 |  #12

Thank you all!

And Slice, I wish I could attribute the clarity and sharpness to some amazing skill I possess, but in fact I think it is primarily due to good light. Coming from Oregon, I couldn't believe what a difference being able to shoot at 1/2000 sec at F8 and 400 ISO can feel like! :lol: I can only dream of something like that on the best of days out here!


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Sep 12, 2013 09:31 |  #13

Another great set there. Different world being able to shoot in sufficient light, isn't it? :D


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Sep 12, 2013 14:44 |  #14

Snydremark wrote in post #16290675 (external link)
Different world being able to shoot in sufficient light, isn't it? :D


Ain't that the truth! Shutter speed is one thing that I don't pay enough attention to in my shooting and my India experience has convinced me that the first and foremost thing I need to do to improve my shooting quality is to the shutter speed high.


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Sep 12, 2013 17:09 |  #15

Oddly enough, around the PNW, I find my best results around 1/640 - 1/1600; which usually puts me at ISO 400 - 1600


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