First time I saw a Himalayan Golden Eagle in flight or else was way back in 1993, somewhere in Kullu-Parvati valley while trekking to Chanderkhani Pass. But that time I had a film camera and not so good lenses. Focussing was issue and it wasn’t possible to use many shots on flying bird in a 36 exposure film. Since then, I had spotted golden eagles on many occasions during various treks in Himachal and Uttarkhand. Last year, during Kashmir Great Lakes Trek I spotted a couple of them deep inside valley at Gangbal pass. But they were still far from reach of my tele lens. In that respect, it was the best opportunity this month I got to photograph Himalayan Golden Eagles when I was biking near Mukeshwar. I was on ridge with view of Nanda Devi peak on one side and valley on other. Eagles were close and flying low at times.
What was interesting about this occasion was, I was on my Thunderbird Twinspark and to click the images I had to park, get my camera bag off my back and then click the images. When I started clicking the Golden eagles were on some height. Then, every time, I thought that I had done enough and started packing the cameras, I would find an eagle flying lower and closer. Lure of getting better pictures will make me unpack the cameras again and start clicking. It went on a few times, until I decided that it was enough. I presume hardest thing for photographers is to pack their cameras while clicking. In frustration of this packing and unpacking, I clicked many images on my mobile phone. But it was a interesting experience altogether.
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