The Birds of Daly College: Part 1

There is this Photo-book titled “The Birds of Daly College” created by the Students and Staff of Daly College, Indore, India. Most of the photos were taken by Kanak Bali Singh, a teacher and a friend. I had the opportunity to go through this impressive book and learned that although I had been to Daly College several times, I did not know so many birds were actually residing in the campus. So finally I got a chance to take my camera and venture out.

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Pond Heron, Nikon 1 V2, Nikon 1 VR 70-300mm at 267mm, f/5.6, 1/640s, ISO 1000, Manual Exposure

Indian Pond Heron also called  Paddy Bird is very common but can be easily missed when they stalk prey at the edge of small water-bodies or even when they roost close to human habitations. The following two photos show one of them waiting still and looking to attack some fish on the pond. I waited and waited and my arms were paining so much after a point that I was almost relieved when some students came running and the bird flew away.

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Pond Heron, Nikon 1 V2, Nikon 1 VR 70-300mm at 240.6mm, f/5.6, 1/1600s, ISO 640, Manual Exposure
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Pond Heron, Nikon 1 V2, Nikon 1 VR 70-300mm at 267mm, f/5.6, 1/1600s, ISO 560, Manual Exposure

You can see Peacocks everywhere in the Campus. The dazzle you with their beautiful colourful feathers specially the males.

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Peacock, Nikon 1 V2, Nikon 1 VR 70-300mm at 208mm, f/5.6, 1/160s, ISO 250, Manual Exposure
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Peacock, Nikon 1 V2, Nikon 1 VR 70-300mm at 250.2mm, f/5.6, 1/200s, ISO 2000, Manual Exposure

The Indian cormorant or Indian shag is larger than the Little Cormorant ( Which is a Sea bird) and found in rivers and wetlands.

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Indian Cormorant Nikon 1 V2, Nikon 1 VR 70-300mm at 280.3mm, f/5.6, 1/1250s, ISO 400, Manual Exposure
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Indian Cormorant Nikon 1 V2, Nikon 1 VR 70-300mm at 282.7mm, f/5.6, 1/1250s, ISO 160, Manual Exposure

There are Several types of Kingfishers found here, the Common Kingfisher, the White-breasted Kingfisher and the Pied Kingfisher among others.

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White Breasted Kingfisher, Nikon 1 V2, Nikon 1 VR 70-300mm at 278 mm, f/5.6, 1/1250s, ISO 720, Manual Exposure
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Common Kingfisher, Nikon 1 V2, Nikon 1 VR 70-300mm at 250 mm, f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 2800, Manual Exposure

There are a few Emus also nurtured in seperate area with restricted access.

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Emu, Nikon 1 V2, Nikon 1 VR 70-300mm at 110mm, f/5.6, 1/160s, ISO 720, Manual Exposure

I will come back soon with more birds in Part 2. Please click on an image to see a larger version.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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