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    Default Grey-bellied Cuckoo

    As with my last few bird posts, I thought of continuing to post a few bird images that may be examples of non-ideal techniques that sometimes work on-the-spot.

    Here is a grey-bellied cuckoo, again from my balcony in Goa that overlooks a patch of woodland (it is not a reserve or protected area). This species lives in my neighbourhood but doesn't always show itself so openly. Needless to say, I did not want to miss the shot. Wanted to put a face to the calls I was hearing everyday.

    It is not always preferrable to photograph a shadowed subject against a bright background, and this can often confuse the meter on entry-level cameras. Having no choice of repositioning myself for this shot, I photographed this one by trying to meter for the eye, the brightest part on the bird, with a slightly negative exposure compensation (-0.3) to keep the background under control as much as possible. Used evaluative metering (as I usually do) because I wanted the overall scene lit as evenly as possible, despite the circumstances.
    I had decided to sacrifice the light on the bird's body, but later recovered it to some extent by opening the shadows. Some of the plumage details were lost, but I knew I was taking that gamble . A touch of recovery was done to the background as well.

    Canon 760D, Canon 100-400mm L IS USM
    SS 1/400
    Av 6.3
    ISO 400
    EC -0.3
    Shadows opened, background highlights recovered (Lightroom)
    Full frame image

    Comments or suggestions to the workflow are most welcome.
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    Good sightings from your balcony . The red eye stands out against the light background. Nicely captured. Thanks for sharing.

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    I have seen this Gray bird for the first time! But it looks so cute and beautiful! Very nice shot Abhishek! Keep sharing such beautiful photos!

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    WoW! IT's eyes color is red that attracts a lot.

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    The red eye looks striking. The image looks a bit soft. I am not sure if you have more space in your balcony on the right side of the spot from where you shot this. If so, moving a bit more to the right would have resulted in a more diffused background. Thanks for sharing.

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    lovely capture with nice details ... thanks for sharing .

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