Thursday, May 01, 2008

Jatayu - The King of Birds

In ancient Hindu mythology, Jatayu the vulture has been accorded the title of being the king of birds. However, in these modern times, the vulture is nearing extinction from the sub-continent due to increasing urbanization and use of pesticides.

Even though they feed on carrion - to me they are perhaps the most majestic birds that I have ever set my eyes on. This particular example though, will remain forever etched in my memory as he sat there atop the Jahangir Mahal in Orchha lording over all that he surveyed.

Most who have seen this picture have asked me if this bird was for real, or part of the architecture?? He's as real as he gets, but I don't know how long hell be there........


Image Details:
Camera: Canon Powershot S2 IS
Aperture: f/4
Shutter Speed: 1/1000 sec
Focal Length: 180 mm (35mm equivalent)
ISO Speed: ISO 100
Exposure: Aperture Priority


TD23 said...

hey Nomad
wow this photograph seriously looks like the Jatayu is a part of the architechture. liked the silhouette. great to see a Canon IS series photoblog here:D
take care

Perakath said...

Great pic!

Meghana Naidu said...

oh Perfect!
i stared at it for at least 20 seconds before i had the 'oh perfect!' moment