An oriental dwarf kingfisher (ODKF) or a pygmy kingfisher, is the smallest kingfisher in the world at about 13 cm in length. It is also the brightest, most colorful and one of the fastest Kingfishers on the planet. It typically breeds in the Indian subcontinent during monsoons, but in very specific places. It is also one of the most sought after by bird photographers.
I flew from Dubai to Mumbai, traveled 100 kms by road off Mumbai, and trekked with 8 kgs of camera gear, to reach a hide where I could get a glimpse of this wonderful species. I drove at about 4 am, during the monsoon season, then walked off the beaten path to get to the location, where the probability of sighting it was on the higher side. The most difficult part of getting this shot was not reaching the location, but executing a shot, which will do justice to the beauty of the bird while it being an uncommon shot. Not only is the bird amongst the smallest (only a few cms. more than a hummingbird), but also very fleeting in nature. All the effort was worth it, as I got to photograph this beauty in full glory while it hunted and landed on this perch near a tree.
The beauty of this moment is how the sun peeked through the early morning rain clouds at the right moment, to shower its divine light on the bird, while both the ODKF and its kill looked at the camera. A rare moment indeed!
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Amit is a multi-dimensional photographer, based in Dubai, who loves to experiment with different genres and styles of photography. He likes to shoot subjects which connect primarily with nature like Wildlife, Astro, Landscapes, and People. He likes to add different dimensions to the images that he creates to elevate the visual experience of his viewers.
For him, photography transcends him into a meditative and ethereal state of being, and that’s what triggers the passion in him for the art. He firmly believes a good picture is made in the mind first and then in camera.
He has been shooting professionally since 2015, and shoots real estate, events, and portraits commercially for a living.
Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher
RF 400 F2.8
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