Great Egret, Purbasthali Bird Sanctuary, India by Pritam Bhattacharjee

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Purbasthali Bird Sanctuary, in the Bardhaman district of West Bengal, is spread across a small oxbow lake with shallow water, which welcomes many migratory birds in winter to this eastern part of India. Every Year, I used to visit this location for my bird photography. This year, when I visited the sanctuary in February 2021, my camera was looking for creatures like, red crested pochard, ferruginous pochard, lapwings, Ibis, etc., but at the start of my boat safari, my eyes stopped at this Great Egret looking for fish and crustaceans. I went as low as possible to shoot a below eye-level photograph of the bird. Though it was in low-light conditions, I didn't bump up the ISO so that I could purposefully keep the darker, ambient light. The dark ambiance complemented the bright white bird. Some times even a common subject may give you better opportunity to create magical photographs.

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