Location & History: Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary – located in Mandya District of the state of Karnataka in India. Its located just about 3 kilometers away from the historic town of Srirangapatna and 16 kilometres from Mysore. Day trip from Mysore is very much recommend along with Srirangapatna. Ranganathittu was built in 1648 by the then Mysore King, Kanteerava Narasimharaja Wadiyar. Its recommended to visit the place early if you are interested in photography.
Photography: If your mission is to photograph then you must take the boat ride inside the sanctuary. You will be taken through the Kaveri River channels so that you can get y close access to the birds, there are different types of boat rides based on your taste of photography and time availability. I recommend you take your tele/zoom len if you have. Set the camera in shutter speed priority mode and set the shutter to atleast 1/1000 sec. I set the ISO to auto but restrict up to 1600 only(if your camera allows that). Please note I did not choose wide aperture as I was worried about loosing focus as I was shooting the flying birds plus I am in motion myself on the moving boat, so higher f values were opted, hoping to get overall sharp image. Tripod/Monopods may not be required as you are on the boat while shooting. Also set your camera to continuous /burst mode shooting. You must use auto-focus and if you have continuous focus (AI Servo) use them. Be prepared to take atleast 300 plus bird action shots, have extra camera SD card space handy. I also recommend extra battery.
Camera and Lens I used: Canon EOS 600D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro (Please note the camera and the lens used is pretty average, but I am happy with the outcome)
Below are the non-action shots take from the boat.
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