Nature Photography by Sash Dias

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Green birds!

The Little Green Bee Eater is a pretty common sight in Yala National Park. The one in the first picture was a great opportunity - it was sitting on a branch on the edge of a road in the park, and as our safari jeep came to a halt right next to it, I was almost perfectly lined up. I say' perfectly' because I was actually TOO close, and had the 2X teleconverter on a 400mm lens. Result - I had to cut off either the head or the tail, and the tail seemed more expendable to me…
If anyone's wondering why I didn't take the teleconverter off, I did. I just make sure I take a couple of 'banker' shots before changing equipment, and sure enough the little guy flew off just as I was taking the teleconverter off!


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Little Green Bee Eater

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Little Green Bee Eater

The Rose Ringed Parakeet's (below) habitat in Sri Lanka ranges from the lowlands to moderately hills country. Flocks of these birds often descend on agricultural crops and have a tenuous relationship with farmers there. I spent close to half an hour with this flock on the edge of a small lake, when they seemed pretty unconcerned by a couple of White Bellied Seas Eagles, a Grey Headed Fishing Eagle and numerous Brahminy Kites that were all within fifty yards of this flock. Perhaps they thought the raptors would be more interested in the plentiful fishing opportunities - and they were right!

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Rose-Ringed Parakeet

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