One Sunday morning (early morning), I happened to visit Hebbal Lake in north Bangalore, for a photo shoot with a group of ten fellow enthusiasts. Hebbal lake is one of the three lakes created by Kempe Gowda in 1537. The lake has a large garden spread out at the front side, near the entrance with a variety of trees, flowering bushes, etc – all of which are a big hit with the feathered folks in this region. There is a ticketing counter which doesn’t open before 9. 30 A.m., so we merely sauntered in with our gear and enthusiasm.
We started off with getting some shots of the sun rising above a cluster of trees and rendering the water with a golden hue. We took to walking on the circumference of the lake and were immediately lured by various bird calls into the groves where we spotted some fat bumblebees; their iridescent gossamer wings shining in the morning sun. These were zooming on a huge cluster of pink bougainvillea.
Next we spotted a few birds – Indian Koel, ashy prinia, sunbird, spotted doves, parrots, and even a frisky squirrel feasting on the yellow flowers. Some of these birds led us to a merry chase as we tried valiantly to capture the tiny things onto our lens. The garden had some beautiful colours in the form of flowering shrubs and trees; all buzzing with bumble bees, honeybees and even some butterflies.
The lake itself has water hyacinth, Typha, etc in the shallow waters which attract birds like the spot-billed pelican, Eurasian spoonbill, spot-billed duck, coot, amongst other shallow waders like purple heron, grey heron and purple moorhens. We spotted some of them and tried to get as close to them as possible for close-ups; it didn’t help that a portion of the lake has been cordoned off due to encroachments.
I was surprised at the number of people out at Hebbal lake that early in the morning; there were two other groups besides ours of ten. They were into bird watching and had even rescued an injured bird to be taken for some proper medical care. It was quite a sight; us spread around the lake with our zoom lenses and others with their binoculars – all eager to spot some birding action.
We also got some interesting shots of spider in their webs stretched out in the bushes; it was as if the spiders were sun worshippers trying to garner as much of its energy as possible.
What I love best about these group shoots is the kind of discussions and information we tend to share about photography. Last shoot, I was drooling over Sarthak’s 100-400 lens; this shoot it was a sigma 175-500 which I did try to use, but found it too heavy to lift and the ring was pretty hard to move around. We also discussed macro lenses – from sigma to tamron to canon…
Finally we rested under the shade of a tree where one of the garden residents; a stray dog made our acquaintance. We had some fun trying to shoot him, till he finally grew weary of our lenses in his face and walked off.
A group shot later, we all packed up to head home.
My pics from this photoshoot can be viewed at http://picasaweb.google.com/sbaisiwala/PhotoshootAtHebbalLakeBangalore7thMarch2010?feat=directlink