Editor’s Note: A quick glance at the Wildlife Images taken by this Bird Photographer will make you realize how much he loves Flamingos. The consistent documentation of Flamingos, the awe inspiring habitat shots and the humble outlook in his images make me feel just one thing – He is a very passionate towards what he does and Flamingos are so close to his heart. I now call him the ‘Flamingo Man of India’. Featuring one of the most passionate wildlife photographers I have ever met – Vidyasagar Hariharan. I’m sharing his story along with my Top Favorites from his work.
– Alvis Lazarus, Chief Editor, Wild Photography
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About Vidyasagar Hariharan:
Vidyasagar Hariharan moved to Mumbai in 2013. He is a banker by profession and specialize in Transaction Banking. Apart from birding he also do portraits and landscapes as a part time photographer. He also take a lot of interest in walking as a leisure time activity. He has completed the Mumbai Half Marathon twice and also completed tough runs like the Satara Hill Marathon and the Sanjai Gandhi National Park 25 km run.
Though he has been interested in nature since childhood, he was neither a birder nor a photographer till the year 2016. In the year 2015, he joined a fitness coaching class to participate in marathons. In the class, some of his running friends talked about cycling to Sewri to watch flamingos. He did not even know till then that Flamingos visit Mumbai. He bought a point and shoot 60x optical zoom camera by the end of 2015. A chance encounter with a Shaheen Falcon in the cliff edges of Malshej ghat led to a series of good clicks with the point and shoot camera.
He came to know from his friends that this was a Shaheen Falcon, a non-migrating sub species of the peregrine falcon. This also led to an interest in birding and he also decided to buy a DSLR and a birding lens. He bought a Canon Eos 700R and a Tamron 150-600 mm lens.
He also did cycle with his friends to Sewri to see the flamingos. When he told this to his running coach who lives in Navi Mumbai, he told him that there is a small lake behind the NRI complex residential area in Navi Mumbai, to which Flamingos visit in thousands during the season and you could see and photograph them in close quarters.
Editor’s Concluding Note:
I’m featuring few more amazing Flamingos beauty captured by Vidyasagar Hariharan: