I started my birding journey during the summer months of the 2020 pandemic watching backyard birds and I instantly fell in love with birds! One thing lead to another, and I bought a pair of binoculars, a camera, zoom lens and most importantly, joined eBird. I love the challenge of growing my life list, learning about bird ID field marks, trying to photograph as many birds as possible and making friends with other bird watchers. I am also curious about ornithology, though admittedly I don’t know much about it!

So far, I’ve seen 1053 bird species worldwide, including 497 in India and 494 in USA (check out my full eBird profile here). I am particularly fond of Indian birding, and in March 2023, I got a chance to speak at the Hampshire Bird Club on my birding adventures in India. Check out the presentation on this link!

In this page I’ve posted some bird photographs I clicked during my first year as a bird watcher (2020-21). My more recent photos are available on eBird (link), I will post some of them here when I get a chance. All photographs here have been taken using a Canon EOS 90D with a Sigma 100-400mm Contemporary DG OS HSM lens. All photos use shutter priority with auto-ISO and optical stabilization. Shutter speed is generally 1/640 for stationary birds and 1/800 for birds in flight. I also often over-expose birds in flight (using 1-2 stops of exposure compensation) due to white skies. To see the original resolution picture, right-click and open the image in a new tab, or download the image.

White-eyed Buzzard (Butastur teesa)

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)

Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator)

Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Willet (Tringa semipalmata)

Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)

Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)

Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus)

Evening Grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus)

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

Veery (Catharus fuscescens)

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)

Yellow-throated Vireo (Vireo flavifrons)

Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens)

House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Peregrine Falcon ( Falco peregrinus)