India is known many things including famous monuments (Taj Mahal), palaces, cultural diversity across its many states, and spiritualism. In addition, India is also a terrific destination for birders and bird photographers.
Green Bee Eater
The preliminary results of the 2014 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) has shown that India has the largest number of bird species in the world with 819 species.
After several trips to India I found that many of the bird species in India were very unique and colorful.
The birds are also readily available. While India has numerous bird sanctuaries and national parks, many of the birds that I photographed were taken on the hotel grounds where I stayed.
Male Indian Cuckoo
Since India mainly has a tropical climate, many hotels maintain gardens and walking paths where birds can be photographed right on the hotel grounds. This was the case with the hotel that I stayed at in Hyderabad. Each morning prior to work, I walked the grounds watching and photographing these interesting and beautiful birds.
One word of warning on traveling with photo equipment in India, many Indian airlines have restrictions on both checked and carry on baggage. I have started bringing a micro four thirds camera system and lenses to due to these travel restrictions.
All of the photos included in this blog were taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the Panasonic 100-300mm f/4.0 – 5.6 lens. I admit that some of the photos in the blog are not my best quality, but I wanted to showcase the variety of birds to be found on the Indian subcontinent.
Indian Robin on a Post
Indian Pond Heron
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 and Panasonic 100-300mm lens for Travel Bird Photography
Photographing the Great Blue Heron Rookery at Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Photographing the Spring Bird Migration at Magee Marsh