July 23, 2015
A 31- year old wildlife photographer from Chennai is spreading conservation message and stories among Coimbatore wildlife enthusiasts through his photography. This has also fetched him awards.
Balaji Loganathan, an MBA graduate and a private firm manager in Chennai, with a passion for photography and love for conservation chose photography as a medium to work for conservation of the environment. He was in Coimbatore recently to conduct a wildlife photography workshop in an institution.
Balaji Loganathan’s startling picture of a pair of Large Billed Crows sending a parakeet plummeting to the forest floor had won him two awards this year. One is Sanctuary Asia Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014, and another is Natural Capital Awards 2014 in Pixel Perfect Category.
Speaking about the experience of crows attacking a parakeet, Balaji Loganathan says that he pushed through the game track of the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve on May 19, 2014, expecting to see beautiful cats. He travelled along the game track where his driver suddenly stopped the jeep to a scene of Large Billed Crows chasing a parakeet, a scene he had only seen on videos.
It was around 7.20 a.m. when crows used a unique technique of one crow distracting the parakeet and the other going for the kill. “I had two simultaneous thoughts. One said save the parakeet, and the other said this is nature and it is best left undisturbed. So I captured the multiple shots through my Canon EOS 7D,” said Balaji Loganathan.
Sharing about his conservation photography to Covai Post, he said that he had chance to capture a pair of house sparrows on top of a roof by luring them with nesting materials in Masinagudi in the Nilgiris.
Narrating the scene, Balaji said that in April 2014, a beautiful pair of busy sparrows fluttered down from branches and eaves to hop and peck at crumbs and the nesting material. Seeing them flying in and out of nest holes hidden on the roof was a great sight, and this he shot using a hand held camera.
“Mother Nature has inspired me in creating photography art. Every photograph I take is not just a unique experience, but a brand new start. There is nothing more enjoyable than capturing pictures that connects to our past and helps us in preserving them as memories without the need for words,” said Balaji Loganathan.
Balaji is busy with his future conservation programmes of taking wildlife photography classes to schools and colleges in Coimbatore