Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Bird Photography at Hampi - Hyderabad Drive

Bird Photography at Hampi

Can photography ever be described in terms of ROI (Return on Investment)? I don't know about others, I don't know whether it is appropriate or not, but this is one of the perils of being an MBA graduate - I always think in terms of ROI.

How much I invest and how many new species I could add to my life-list, this question definitely haunts me before investing. However once I find any new species, all this is not even a point of concern. The happiness to see a new species through my viewfinder is far more than any pinch I feel in my pockets.

Added 7 to my life-list of birding, this birding trip was combined with a long drive. My enthusiasm to drive is slowly playing a second fiddle to birding. However this time it was a sudden invitation and my 9 year old car had to go through a test, again. Total drive of close to 1000 KM with some testing road conditions near the industrial area of Bellary and some off-road experience for birding, the car fared fairly well. The stay was awesome, Jungle Lodges and Resorts have less of surprises. Even though I missed the Painted Sandgrouse, nevertheless I was able to add 7 others to my life-list.

Fuel Expenses: Rs. 5000
Passengers: 4 adults + 1 kid 
Car: Ford Fiesta Petrol
Driving Condition: Fast Driving with AC always on.

Enjoy the pics!

Painted Spurfowl Male

Painted Spurfowl Male

Painted Spurfowl Female

Grey Francolin

Grey Francolin

Jungle Bush Quail Male

Jungle Bush Quail Female

Jungle Bush Quail Juvenile

Jungle Bush Quail Chick

Jungle Bush Quail Male and Chick

Jungle Bush Quail Male and Female with Juveniles

Indian Eagle Owl
Indian Eagle Owl Nesting

Spotted Owlet

Yellow Throated Bulbul

Yellow Throated Bulbul

White Browed Bulbul

Red Vented Bulbul

Long Tailed Shrike

Asian Koel Female

Laughing Dove

Common Babbler

Large Grey Babbler

Yellow Billed Babbler

Purple Sunbird Male

Purple Rumped Sunbird

Grey Bellied Cuckoo

Ashy Crowned Sparrow Lark

Common Iora

Drive from Hyderabad to Hampi


  1. amazing pictures..i love those juveniles ones, that purple male and laughing dove and not to forget that eagle owl..good ones..!!!

    1. Thanks a lot! Hampi is beautiful for birding and also for the architecture if somebody is interested in that.

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    1. Thanks Puneet! It was a wonderful experience there.