Beauty of the Jungle

The blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra) is native to Indian Subcontinent ,it has been classified as  near threatened by IUCN since 2003, as its range has decreased sharply during the 20th century. The native population is stable, with an estimated 50,000 individuals. We spotted this beauty at Jayamangali Black buck conservation reserve at Tumkur district of Karnataka. Though Black bucks are shy we were lucky to spot a few at a perfectly lit up evening.

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Ceylon Frogmouths – A perfect camouflage

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Ceylon Frogmouth or Sri-lankan Frogmouths are found in the western ghats of South India and Sri Lanka. They are nocturnal birds and are found in forest habitats. Frogmouths generally roost on the branches in the forest, their habitat is dense tropical forest, these birds resemble dried leaves making them extremely difficult to locate.

This picture was shot at Tattekad (Kotthamangalam forest area), 80 kms from Cochin, India. I found it extremely challenging to photograph these birds mainly because of the low light condition and the birds look like dried leaves! A tripod or a monopod comes handy to photograph frogmouths or one should have a wide open aperture (low aperture lens). This was shot handheld at 1/25 shutter speed and f5.6 with a 1600 ISO.