Bharatpur

04/01/2013
Keoladeo National Park near Bharatpur in India's Rajasthan State is one of Asia's finest bird-watching destinations. Extensive wetlands, created by flooding marshland, attract huge numbers of wintering wildfowl and wading birds from colder climates further north. Many can be approached closely on foot and by boat. The pied kingfisher is the largest bird capable of true hovering flight, as it as waits for a fish to approach the surface. My shutter speed of 1/1250th of a second has rendered the bird sharp but its wings, beating ten times per second, are nonetheless softened by motion.