Ranganathittu bird sanctuary in Mysore, Karnataka is one of the best locations in Southern India to observe the Painted Stork. Yet another, not so famous location is Kokrebellur near Mandhya, Karnataka, India. Kokrebellur is an interesting example of how people can co-exist with wildlife.

Here’s a collection of images of the Painted Stork that we have put together from our various trips to both Ranganathittu and Kokrebellur.All images were shot with the D300, 300mm f2.8 lens mounted with 2x teleconvertor, unless specified otherwise. The images have been cropped for composition and post processed in Capture NX.
EXIF-600mm, f5.6, 1/800s, -1.0EV, ISO 200.EXIF-600mm, f5.6, 1/1600s, -1.0EV, ISO 200.EXIF-600mm, f5.6, 1/2000s, -0.7EV, ISO 200.EXIF-600mm, f5.6, 1/800s, -1.0EV, ISO 200.This image was taken using the D80, 18-200mm f/3.5-f/5.6 VR lens at 200mm, f5.6, 1/2000s, -1.0EV, ISO 200.This is our first image of the Painted Stork photographed in Kokrebellur. I had to climb onto the roof of a 50 feet water tank with no railings, to get an eye-level shot of this beautiful bird perched on a treetop. This image was taken using the D80 and Sigma 100-300mm f4 mounted with the 1.4x convertor. EXIF-360mm, f16, 1/320s, -1.3EV, ISO 400.

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