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Birdlife of Assam

Trying to finish up some of my India photos from 2010 with some of the assorted birdlife of Assam and Aranachal Pradesh.  The first two shots were both taken handheld from a canoe, no easy task with the long telephoto lens in use.  Notice the shallow depth of field when using such long focal lengths, particularly with wide apertures.  Fast shutter speeds were essential and thank goodness for image stabilization technology.

Pheasant Tailed Jacana
Pheasant Tailed Jacana

Canon 5D Mark 2 at 700mm F8.0, shutter speed 1/1000 second at ISO 400.

Egret perched on boat, Assam Provence.
Egret perched on boat, Assam Provence.

Canon 5D Mark 2 at 700mm F8.0, shutter speed 1/1600 second at ISO 400.

Oriental Darter
Oriental Darter

Canon 5D Mark 2 at 700mm F5.6, shutter speed 1/1000 second at ISO 160.

Lesser Adjutant Stork
Lesser Adjutant Stork

Canon 5D Mark 2 at 700mm F5.6, shutter speed 1/2000 second at ISO 250.

Red Vented Bulbul
Red Vented Bulbul

Canon 5D Mark 2 at 700mm F8.0, shutter speed 1/400 second at ISO 1000.   (exposure increased by 1.0 stop in post processing)

Common Kingfisher
Common Kingfisher

Canon 5D Mark 2 at 700mm  F8.0,  shutter speed 1/1000 second at ISO 200.