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We are back, yet again, with our monthly series of the best Android games. Following five (in no particular order) are the ones we played and liked this month. Make sure not to miss any.

Best free Android games of May 2017

CATS: Crash Arena Turbo Stars




CATS: Crash Arena Turbo Stars is an action game that has nothing to do with the feline creatures. Rather, it lets one build a perfect battle bot which shall be used in fighting against other players, both one-on-one as well as world tournaments. It is not about the action per se since the fights are automatic and the winner is decided based on how capable the machine is. That said, one can still watch the battle action to see how their bots perform.

Daily Solitaire: Poker Saga


Daily Solitaire: Poker Saga is a card game produced as a result of fusing Solitare and Poker. It is a single player Poker game. One needs to select as many cards from the five presented during any turn. The chosen ones are then replaced with new cards. The result will then either be a valid poker combination or not. If it is, you get points. Simple as that. Each level ahs an objective to complete regarding types of combinations to make.

Fun Run 2 - Multiplayer Race




Fun Run 2 - Multiplayer Race is a multiplayer racing game wherein the player's avatar (an animal) races with others. There are various race tracks, each having unique obstacles and difficulty levels.

Really Bad Chess




Really Bad Chess is a modified version of the famous board game. The player plays against the bot in each level, but the pieces on either side are totally random. In the beginning, one usually starts with three or more queens, while the bot may not have even one of those. In future levels, the game becomes hard since the random pieces start favoring the AI. It is not that bad, really.

Wizard of Oz: Magic Match




Wizard of Oz: Magic Match is a matching puzzle game from the house of Zynga. It is similar to Candy Crush. The first few levels serve as a tutorial. Each new level tries to introduce a new kind of move, but if one attempts to make a move before being taught, it is not restricted! Also, up to level 4, the target is to achieve a particular score, but the game runs for the number of allotted moves irrespective of whether the target was achieved or not. This sounds like a bug, though I am not sure if that was intentional.

Did you come across any other exciting game? Let us know in the comments below.
We are back, yet again, with our monthly series of the best Android games. Following six (in no particular order) are the ones we played and liked this month. Make sure not to miss any.

Best free Android games of February 2017

Chef Rescue - Management Game




Chef Rescue - Management Game is an addictive casual management game. The idea is to help out chefs from various restaurants by cooking and serving their customers. Make sure to take cooked stuff away from the hot plates and ovens before it is burnt. Serve the customers as fast as possible and make sure they are satisfied with the service to receive a gracious tip in return.

Rival Stars Basketball




RTival Stars Basketball is a card game mostly, but there is some real action on the court a few times during every match. The ultimate idea is to create, upgrade and maintain the team to win more games and ultimately increase the salary. It is a management-cum-player game.

Sniper 3D Assassin Gun Shooter




Sniper 3D Assassin Gun Shooter is a fun-to-play shooter game. The player controls a sniper and completes missions to earn virtual currency. That money can then be spent to upgrade the gun or buy new ones.

Traffic Racer




Traffic Racer is an arcade racing game. Drive to earn money which can then be spent on upgrading and buying cars. It is easy to control. The various game modes and number of vehicles doubles the fun.

Wheel of Fortune Free Play




Wheel of Fortune Free Play is an educational quiz word game. As you might have guessed, it is based on the famous TV show of the same name. Ever wanted to play that game as a contestant but never got lucky? Here is your chance.

Zombie Squad




Zombie Squad is a zombie racing game. The idea is to complete missions by shooting or running over the zombies that get in the way. Cars and the mounted gun can be upgraded and purchased from coins earned by killing zombies and covering the maximum possible distance.
We are back, yet again, with our monthly series of the best Android games. Following five (in no particular order) are the ones we played and liked this month. Make sure not to miss any.

Best free Android games of August 2016

Flip Diving




Flip Diving is a cliff diving game for your Android device. The player gets to perform a series of flips, ranging from frontflips and backflips to gainers and pikes. The stunts can be carried out from cliffs, trees, and castles. The player's avatar can be changed to a business person, bodybuilder, karate diver, and others. Get ready to dive.

Modern Strike Online




Modern Strike Online is the best multiplayer shooting game you can play on your Droid right now. The graphics are appealing. Three combat modes, seven arenas and twenty-five different kind of weapons make the deal sweeter. Get ready to give your next headshot.

Taxi Sim 2016




As the name suggests, Taxi Sim 2016 is a simulator game for taxis. The player gets to drive around a city taxi in various cities across the world. Pick up and drop passengers at their respective locations, and earn virtual money for the same. Make sure not to commit any offense if you want to maximize your earnings.

Zombie Age 3




Zombie Age 3 is an intriguing zombie-killing game. More than thirty different kinds of weapons are available to help the player survive. Get ready for the mission to kill them or get outnumbered.

Zootopia Crime Files




Zootopia Crime Files is the latest puzzle game offering from Disney. As rightly guessed by you, it is based on Zootopia the movie. The player controls the famous ZPD officers Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde to solve crimes and restore order in the city. Get ready for the challenge.
Are you a fan of playing games on your Android device? If yes, there's good news. We are back, yet again, with our monthly series of the best Android games. Read the last month's list here. Following six (in no particular order) are the ones we played and liked this month. Make sure not to miss any.

Best free Android games of June 2016

CSR Racing 2




CSR Racing 2, as the name suggests, is a car racing game. However, the only thing one gets to control is the nitrous boost and the gear shifts. Yes, it is a drag racing game. So if you love being behind the wheel without having to control it or worry about directions, this is made for you. For those who are not aware, the initials stand for Custom Street Racer. The graphics are impressive. We love the way the developers have paid attention to minute details. Moreover, you can go social, and even play with real human opponents across the world. Happy dragging.

Farm Heroes Super Saga




Farm Heroes Super Saga is yet another match-and-make puzzle game from King, creator of the famous (or rather infamous) Candy Crush. It is a sequel to Farm Heroes Saga. In this new game, farm animals are given with the task to grow different crops to beat the cheating raccoon at the Country Show by producing a better crop. The animation is not that intriguing but is enough to keep the player involved.

PKTBALL - Endless Smash Sport




PKTBALL - Endless Smash Sport is the refined version of ice hockey for Android. It is a fun game, and aims to test the reflexes. One needs to collect different players. Each one of them has got their different-styled court along with a unique soundtrack.

Rodeo Stampede: Sky Zoo Safari




Rodeo Stampede: Sky Zoo Safari is the newest game from the stables of publisher Yodo1, who also published Crossy Roads, the game which cut to our list of the best Android games of 2015. The idea of the game is simple yet engaging. One needs to build, maintain and expand a zoo, for which animals are needed right? The player has to tame animals by riding on their back for a predefined time. The zoo can be opened for public in exchange for game currency, which can be used to make stables and barns. Take it from us; you got to play this one.

Sky Force Reloaded




Sky Force Reloaded is an action-packed shooting game. However, the shooting needs to be done from a spaceship. One needs to fly around killing enemies, dodging their bullets, and saving trapped humans at the same time. The graphics are above average and do justice to the game surroundings. It is a real time-killer.

Transformers: Earth Wars




Transformers: Earth Wars is a strategy game. The mission is to save the planet Earth from bad robots. But that will depend on the choice one makes at the beginning. If you want to dominate the world, you can as well choose to be the bad guy.

Is there any other game that you think must have made to this list? Let us know in the comments below. We are always hungry to play more!
Are you a fan of playing games on your Android device? If yes, there's good news. We are back, yet again, with our monthly series of the best Android games. Read the last month's list here. Following five (in no particular order) are the ones we played and liked this month. Make sure not to miss any.

Best free Android games of May 2016

Battleborn Tap




Battleborn Tap is a game in which one can command their team of heroes in the battle against the enemy. Beating more enemies helps in earning more gold, which can then be used to hire more fighters and upgrade their skills and weapons. There are many areas to unlock, and many more enemy bosses to kill. So start tapping.

Bushido Bear




From the house of the famous Alphabear comes Bushido Bear, a game packed with action. The player acts like a bear, who in turn is the protector of the forest. The idea is to defend the woods from the demons. Two ninja swords must be used to achieve the same. Character updates and upgrades are available throughout the game.

Hungry Shark World




Hungry Shark World is the sequel to Hunger Shark Evolution. If you have played the prequel, you already know how addictive this can be. If not, you are about to find out. The player acts as a shark and tries to eat anything that comes its way. The purpose is to survive the longest in the aquatic adventure.

Taichi Panda: Heroes




Taichi Panda: Heroes is an exciting online role-playing game. One needs to collect and maintain their army of heroes. Then make them fight their enemies, find treasures, and explore new areas. There is much stuff to do in this game, so start exploring.

Uncharted: Fortune Hunter




Uncharted: Fortune Hunter is a game full of puzzles. Each puzzle is set in a chamber. The idea is to solve it and gain treasures in the process, or die trying! Are you up for some adventure?

Is there any other game that you think must have made to this list? Let us know in the comments below. We are always hungry to play more!
Do you play games on your Android device? If yes, there's good news. We are back with our monthly series of the best Android games. Following five (in no particular order) are the ones we played and liked this month. Make sure not to miss any.

Best Android games of April 2016


Angry Birds Action!




Angry Birds Action is the latest game in the series. It is based on the movie (releasing next month), which was itself inspired by a game of the same name! Gamoviception is it? The idea of the game is to aim and shoot the birds so that they can save some eggs. The birds in the game are the characters in the movie. To unlock special content, BirdCodes need to be scanned. The scanner tries to open the camera app on the smartphone. We denied the permission to do so, and bam, the game crashed! The game is interesting, but maybe the good people at Rovio do not understand the concept of rigorous testing!

Disney Crossy Road




Remember Crossy Road? It was featured in our list of the best Android games of 2015. Now, Disney has given it a cartoonish appeal. Disney Crossy Road is the same fun, but with characters from the Disney and Pixar world. Play, and help your favorite characters cross the road.

Marvel: Avengers Alliance 2




If you are a fan of Marvel comics, TV series and movies, go and play Marvel: Avengers Alliance 2 right away. It is a sequel to the game of the same name. The idea is to make your team comprising of your favorite Marvel superheroes and then fight against the various super villains of the Marvel world. The game downloads a lot of stuff during launch. It crashed once for us when almost half the utilities were downloaded. On the second try, to our surprise, it started the download from the beginning! It installed successfully, but they should consider making a backup of the downloaded data.

Pathfinder Adventures




Pathfinder Adventures is the digital adaptation of the card RPG (role-playing game) of the same name. The idea is to fight the devils and villains with the help of weapons, allies, charms and other powers that can be collected during the game.

Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade




Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade is a fun and engaging action game. The idea is to control a Warhammer Freeblade to protect your house from the enemy forces. The graphical details are good. Overall, it is a nice way to kill time.

Is there any other game that you think must have made to this list? Let us know in the comments below. We are always hungry to play more!
Following are the most popular tablets purchased by our readers on Amazon in the year 2015. Google's Nexus has got the highest number of sales. The list below is in the order of decreasing number of sales. Also read our list of most popular smartphones of this year.

Nexus 7


Nexus 7

Kindle Fire HD


Kindle Fire HD

Notion Ink Adam


Notion Ink Adam

Note that this is not the list of the best tablets. It just represents what people are buying. Also note that this list was compiled from reports supplied to us by Amazon where we are affiliates. We earn a small commission when our readers purchase stuff after clicking on our links (just like the ones above). This way we are able to cover our operational costs.
Following are the most popular smartphones purchased by our readers on Amazon in the year 2015.
The list is dominated by Samsung. Meizu is the new entrant, and shares the top spot (in terms of number of devices). Gionee's device has got the highest number of sales. The list below is in the order of decreasing number of sales. Also read our list of most popular tablets this year.



Gionee Elife S7 (review)



Gionee Elife S7

Note that this is not the list of the best smartphones. It just represents what people are buying. Also note that this list was compiled from reports supplied to us by Amazon where we are affiliates. We earn a small commission when our readers purchase stuff after clicking on our links (just like the ones above). This way we are able to cover our operational costs.
Do you play games on your Android smartphone? Of course, you do! We do, too. A lot of games were released during the year 2015. We have compiled a list (in no particular order) of games which attract us. Play and tell if you agree with us.

Best Android games of 2015

Alphabear




Alphabear is a word puzzle game. It is a modified version of the board game Scrabble. A grid is filled with random letters. Players are expected to make words using those letters. Successful word completion results in bears on the grid itself, which grow in size if letters on its edge are used to make more words. Earn bears, unlock achievements and make your way up in the bear kingdom. May the dictionary be with you!

Angry Birds 2




This is a sequel to the famous Rovio game. Angry Birds 2 takes the pig-and-bird fight to a whole new level. It features stunning graphics, challenging levels, and a lot of destruction. Are you up for the challenge?

Crossy Road




You start with a duck, one jump at a time, and try to cross the road(s). Complete levels to customize your avatar and unlock new ones. Crossy Road will definitely keep you immersed in to the game. Play before you make any opinion about it.

Does not Commute




It is a driving game based on strategy. The idea is to drive through the town, taking subjects from source to their destination. Does not Commute begins as an easy game, but it becomes harder as you play. Go figure. And remember, the clock's ticking!

Score! Hero




Ever wanted to play for the famous EPL clubs, or for your country, but you're too lazy to do physical work? Score! Hero has got you covered. Pass the ball, shoot goals, and move up the ladder. Fame is patiently waiting for you. If you are a soccer fan, you need to play this game now.

Have you played any of these games? Is there any other game which deserves to be in the list? Tell us and help it grow.
Like every year, Google has followed the custom and released a list of most searched devices over the year. As expected, Apple's latest iPhone offering has topped the list. The new iPad and its Microsoft competitor have also made the cut. Both Apple and Samsung have three of their products in the top ten. Find the complete list below, in order of decreasing number of searches.

Apple iPhone 6S


Apple iPhone 6S

iPhone 6S is, without doubt, the most searched consumer durable on Google. The aura of the brand along with its tech innovations is enough to make people talk about its products. iPhone has always been seen as a benchmark for all the other smartphone manufacturers across the world. The 3D touch capability produced a lot of buzz for this product.

Samsung Galaxy S6


Samsung Galaxy S6

The Korean manufacturer first announced Galaxy S6 in March during the Mobile World Congress. It was launched in India later during the same month. It is the latest offering in the famous Galaxy series, which is enough for it to make buzz across the world. Note that another device, Galaxy S6 Edge, was also launched alongwith, but it couldn't make its presence felt.

Apple Watch


Apple Watch

Watch is one of the various tech wearables available in the market. With all the major giants producing at least one of those, how could the Cupertino based OEM not enter this field. Result was the Apple Watch. Even though the price of this product is too high when compared to its competitor counterparts, a handsome number of devices were sold. After all, it's Apple, right?

Apple iPad Pro


Apple iPad Pro

The latest addition to the iPads this year was the iPad Pro. The strange (or not?) thing is that this device runs on iOS platform, and not on Mac OS. However, it is from Cupertino, and is capable enough to garner enough search requests (if you know what we mean!).

LG G4


LG G4

This is the latest addition to the famous G series of smartphones by LG. The leather case is the USP of LG G4. With a ground-breaking camera module and a cutting-edge design, this smartphone deserves to be in this list.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5


Samsung Galaxy Note 5

The latest entry to the Note series was launched in India in September this year. Featuring 4 gigs of RAM along with 5.7 inch QHD Super AMOLED display with 2560x1440 pixels resolution, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is a beast in its range. No doubt it is featured in the top ten.

Samsung Galaxy J5


Samsung Galaxy J5

The 4G enabled Galaxy J5 was announced in India in July 2015. It is the third Samsung device to feature in this list. It was the selfie phone by Samsung, a response to the Chinese competitors. However, the companion device, Galaxy J7, did not create equivalent buzz.

HTC One M9


HTC One M9

The design of this device is pretty much the same as that of its predecessor, the One M8 (it was one of the best smartphones launched last year). It was released in March this year. With major upgrades in the RAM and camera modules, but the same aluminium-based body, the HTC One M9 somehow appeared on this list!

Huawei Nexus 6P


Huawei Nexus 6P

This is the latest Nexus Model by Google in association with Chinese manufacturer Huawei. It was first announced in September this year, and then released in India almost a month later. Nexus 6P was the first Nexus device ever developed by a Chinese brand. Another Nexus device, LG Nexus 5X, was also launched. Read our comparison of the two devices.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4


Microsoft Surface Pro 4

This is Microsoft's response to Apple's iPad Pro. Surface Pro 4 was launched in October this year. Running on Windows 10 and Intel Skylake processors, this device is one hell of a beast. Windows Hello, Gorilla Glass protection, fingerprint scanner, hybrid cooling and Surface Pen were enough to make sure this device makes its cut.

Do you agree with Google, or you think there's something else which should have made to this list?
Xiaomi today announced the global stable build of MIUI 7 for fans all around the world. It will be rolled out for several Xiaomi devices outside of China, viz. the Mi 3, Mi 4 (review), Mi PadRedmi 1S 3G, Redmi Note 4G (review), and Redmi 2 Prime. Mi 4i will get the it in the upcoming weeks. Note that this version of the OS was first unveiled on August 19 earlier this year.

Mi store in Beijing

It includes several new features designed for India. The data saver feature is still in Beta phase, and is expected to be rolled out soon. Other new and not-to-be-missed features are listed below.

System UI


The OEM has incorporated themes more closely into MIUI 7, with four new interfaces now available when you power up your smartphone:

1. Luxurious pink UI (Rose)
2. Playful pastel pink UI (Pink Blush)
3. Soft blue UI (Ocean Breeze)
4. Brown-gold UI (High Life)

Daily lock screen


The lock screen image changes every day. It is automatically chosen from a collection of high-quality photographs.

Baby album



The software makes use of face recognition technology to automatically identify babies and group their photos together, so parents can go back in time to relive every stage of their children's lives captured in images. These photos can even be set as a slideshow on the lock screen.

Showtime



Calls are made more fun with this playful feature that is coming to India first. Instead of just a name and number, or a static profile image, MIUI account users can set an animated video that will play on their friend's Mi devices when calling them.

Visual IVR


To dramatically reduce the time required to navigate automated voice menus when you call a customer service hotline, this feature shows the voice menu on the screen, so you can tap your selection quickly.

Smart SMS filter



To make sure you see what's important in your SMS inbox, this feature intelligently filters service messages into a separate notification tab, resulting in a clutter-free inbox.

Quick OTP



Due to the rise of e-commerce and online banking transactions, the one-time passwords has become a way of life. To make the process of entering an OTP much easier, the built-in recognition feature copies the OTP code, at the very moment when the notification pops up.

Auto DND


MIUI 7 makes Mi Band even more useful to manage your calls and notifications. When the band detects that you are sleeping, it activates Do Not Disturb (DND) mode and silences your phone, making sure your sleep will not be interrupted by notifications. When you're awake again, it turns off DND and you're back to normal.

XXL text



Applying large fonts on smartphones can be a frustrating experience, because a lot of OEMs do not optimise their UI accordingly. MIUI 7 now offers a complete rework of the UI to make sure larger text is formatted to fit the screen perfectly.

MIUI data saver



Powered by Opera Max compression technology, this feature offers substantial data saving across all apps. By sending data such as images and videos to Opera's cloud, and compressing it before returning it to devices, this feature can provide up to 50% data savings on mobile data connections. It will soon be available worldwide.

Which feature did you like the most? Is there something else which you were expecting in this release? Do you have any feature recommendation for the Mi team? Tell us in the comments below, and we'll make sure to pass it on to the concerned team.
Tomorrow is friendship day. Have you decided the gift you want to buy for your best friend this year? Or are you still confused? Well, below we present five awesome options for you to (re)consider. Hurry up, buy one (or more) now! You can thank us later! ;)


Xiaomi 16,000 mAh power bank, aka the Mi Brick



Xiaomi 16,000 mAh power bank, aka the Mi Brick

No matter the age, I'm pretty sure your friend already owns a smartphone or a tablet. Hence, this 16,000 mAh power bank from Xiaomi is something which will definitely come in handy. It is popularly known as the Mi Brick due to its unique brick-like size. This $25 device is sure to make your friendship bond stronger by keeping it charged all the time. Pun intended ;)


Beats Pill Portable Speaker



Beats Pill portable speaker

If your friend is a fan of music, you might consider gifting this awesome Beats Pill portable speaker, which delivers powerful sound. The plus point is that it is light weight, and hence, portable. And yes, it comes in 9 different colors, so you can choose the one he/she likes.


Amazon Kindle e-book reader and/or the Kindle gift card



All-New Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

If your friend is a book freak (just like me), then your search ends here. Look no far, and buy the All-New Amazon Kindle Paperwhite. Who knows you might get a movie treat, or a lunch treat at your favorite restaurant as a gesture of courtesy! And if you are thinking that you got unlucky coz your friend already owns one, gift the Kindle Gift Card and you'll never run out of luck. Trust me.

Mobile cases and covers - friends special



Friends special smartphone case

Nothing defines you better than the cover on your smartphone! Gift your friend a perfect smartphone case to suite the theme (just like the one in the image above), and show them how much you value them. Order from a variety of cases here.


WD My Passport Ultra portable hard drive



WD My Passport Ultra

If your friend loves the data in his/her laptop more than the device itself, then gifting an external hard disk is the perfect choice. The WD My Passport Ultra portable hard drive is the best option available.

Are you still confused? If yes, I would suggest you to take a look at the list of gifts you should give to a geek.

Do let me know what you finally decide to buy, by commenting on this post below. If you have better options, do let me know and help me buy the best gift for my BFF. After all, sharing is caring.
Google just got over with its I/O conference for this year (hope you watched it live on our blog). As expected, many new things were announced. Android M, Android Pay, Android Wear, Google Photos, App Campaigns, Brillo, Offline Maps, Now on Tap, Android Studio, Google Cardboard, Project Loon, Google's driverless cars were the few interesting things they talked about. To my disappointment, there was no news on new Nexus devices. I'll do a separate post to jot down the important facts discussed in the keynote. In this post, however, I will focus on four such things which Google announced that will give tech giants a feeling of tough competition. Read on to find out more.

Google I/O 15


Android Pay


Android Pay can be termed as an improved version of Android Wallet, but it seems quite ready to compete with Apple Pay. The technology utilized is none other than NFC, just like Apple did. The idea is to also use Android Pay for in-app purchases. Not sure if it will work out in India or not, it still sounds promising. Entrepreneurs and startup owners please take note.

Google Photos


This new tool by the search giant lets you store unlimited photos and videos in one place, for free! Yes, you heard it right. Images up to 16 megapixels and videos up to 1080p are acceptable. Although they were hidden under the infamous Google Plus, Google had always been a master when it comes to photography and the features provided. Now with the announcement of Google Photos, it is ready to compete with Flickr! Beware Yahoo.

Offline Maps


There was already a way to download a specific map, and then refer to it while offline, just like for Youtube videos. But, Google has taken the whole thing to a new level. By using Offline Maps, we can now use navigation while offline. We will get destination information and voice directions without being connected to the internet. Pretty cool, right? Nokia won't agree with us though! Is it an end for HERE Maps, or just the beginning for Google Maps? Tough to comment.

Project Loon


After #SaveTheInternet and #NetNeutrality campaigns making rounds all over the internet (including social media), Google has announced its version of free internet - the Project Loon. You guessed it right, here, Loon is the short name for a balloon. The idea is the same, to provide internet access to rural areas across the world, to take a step further towards a connected world. But will they be able to do it in an ethical manner, or will get criticized for it, just like Facebook was for Internet.org. Well, this can be known only when the future events unfold. But, Mr. Zuck, congrats on earning a worthy and capable competitor in the form of Google.

For the end customer, competition is always a good thing. Let's just hope that it is a healthy one! One thing which I can definitely say is that Google is now on a killing spree. Only thing to see is if it will kill the competition, or get killed in the process. Beast mode activated, eh?
Photography is a burgeoning field of interest these days, and if you look around, you will see that almost everyone owns a camera these days and that too, a high-end one. Unlike old times, the digital revolution has made photography an affordable hobby for all. However, getting an expensive camera and supporting gear does not mean that your pictures will look amazing. Beautiful pictures require a creative aptitude, quite a deal of thought and clear concepts about what do you want your picture to look like. I am, hereby, sharing few simple techniques which may help you click awesome pictures when shooting birds.


Be patient



Greater flamingo
                                       Device            : Nikon D7000 
                                       Lens               : VR  70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6G     
                                       Focal Length    :185mm
                                       Aperture         : f/8
                                       Shutter Speed : 1/1000
                                       ISO                :250

Yes, I am saying patience first and most important part of bird photography. Always remember you, as a photographer, are an intruder to their world. They don't expect you to be here. They fear from you. They believe you are outsider to their world who has potential to destroy their little precious sweet world. So, you have to work hard to make yourself as a part of their little world. You need to become a part of their environment. You should not look like an outsider, but like an integral part of their environment. Don't chase them; instead wait for them patiently to come close to you. Yes, they will allow you to come too close to them once they start believing in you; once they start feeling you as part of their little sweet world.


Try to be a part of their Environment




Eurasian SpoonBill
                                         Device           : Nikon D7000 
                                         Lens              : VR  70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6G     
                                         Focal Length   :185mm
                                         Aperture         : f/5.6
                                         Shutter Speed : 1/3200
                                         ISO                :200


I am talking about to be a part of their environment, but how that can be achieved. What does it mean to be a part of environment? Is it really too hard to understand? Nope, it is not, but yes patience plays the most important part here. At first, try to understand your environment, feel its color, its sound, its music. Look around you, what's the color of soil, what's the color of trees and plants. Dress according to your surroundings. Don't dress with bright color, It attracts too much attention. Always try to wear light color, preferably light green.



Wait for your bird to come near you 


Black headed gull
                                        Device           : Nikon D7000 
                                        Lens              : VR  70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6G     
                                        Focal Length   :185mm
                                        Aperture         : f/5.6
                                        Shutter Speed : 1/1000
                                        ISO                :125


Yes, you read it correctly. Wait for your bird to come near you. Believe me it is the hardest part of bird photography, but not impossible one. Never chase your bird, the more you chase the more it will run away and it will alert others also. Listen to their voice, observe their movement, try to find out their frequent visiting places. Go to that place, stay low. Better lie down on the grass and wait for them to come near you. 


Always be ready with your camera  



River tern
                                        Device           : Nikon D7000 
                                        Lens              : VR  70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6G     
                                        Focal Length   :80mm
                                        Aperture         : f/7.1
                                        Shutter Speed : 1/1000
                                        ISO                :100

Remember you are not shooting some portrait or fashion photography where your subject will give you poses according to your choice and time. Here, you are doing bird photography where your object doesn't want to get clicked. They just want to live their live peacefully. They will come to you or give some action pose, that too unintentionally for a fraction of time, hardly for 3 to 4 seconds. If you want to get the best pic then better utilize these 3 to 4 seconds beautifully. You may not get these 3 to 4 seconds for whole day. Keep your setting ready.



Visualize your frame  



Black headed ibis flock
                                         Device           : Nikon D7000 
                                         Lens              : VR  70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6G     
                                         Focal Length   :270mm
                                         Aperture         : f/5.6
                                         Shutter Speed : 1/1250
                                         ISO                :200

Visualize your frame through naked eye. Camera is just a tool to capture your thought, your story. You are the one who sees the beauty, the story, the uniqueness. Camera just reflects it to the frame. So feel the beauty and see it through your eye.

Bonus Read: Still photography tips for newbies


Customize camera setting



Spotted billed pelican
                                Device           : Nikon D7000 
                                Lens              : VR  70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6G    
                                Focal Length   :145mm
                                Aperture         : f/4.8
                                Shutter Speed : 1/3200
                                ISO                :200

I purposefully delayed this topic as I truly believe camera setting is something which can be learnt too quickly by reading few blogs (like this one), and by watching YouTube videos, but the first three points which I mentioned are really hard ones to master the essential part of bird photography.

It's totally up to you, what you want to capture. If you want to capture motion, then keep your shutter speed low and move your camera with your object so that your object becomes stationary with respect to the camera, but background will become blurred with a trail in one direction, giving your object a motion.

If you want a sharp image, keep your shutter speed high which makes your object sharp, and also it makes everything stationary.



Always shoot in Continuous Focus Mode


Black-headed ibis
                                Device           : Nikon D7000 
                                Lens              : VR  70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6G     
                                Focal Length   :300mm
                                Aperture         : f/5.6
                                Shutter Speed : 1/1000
                                ISO                :200

Your object (bird in this case) moves very fast, and its path is also very random. It is very hard to focus manually to their flying path. So, keep your camera on continuous mode. It resets the focus point according to flying path.



Keep your ISO as low as possible


Painted stork
                                Device           : Nikon D7000 
                                Lens              : VR  70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6G    
                                Focal Length   :300mm
                                Aperture         : f/5.6
                                Shutter Speed : 1/3200
                                ISO                :200

High ISO makes the camera more sensitive to light, but it also introduces unnecessary noise to your photo, which reduces the beauty of your photograph. Mostly bird photography is done at day time, where you get sufficient amount of light. So it's better keep your ISO below 400 and adjust your light using shutter speed and exposure.


Use proper lens


Purple sun bird
                                  Device           : Nikon D7000 
                                  Lens              : VR  70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6G     
                                  Focal Length   :300mm
                                  Aperture         : f/7.1
                                  Shutter Speed : 1/500
                                  ISO                :100

I am mentioning this in the later part, because it is achievable at any point of time according to your purchasing capacity. Lens' price vary from $400 to $2000 according to your choice. Always use VR (Vibration reduction) lens. I personally found Nikon 70-300mm VR lens good with sunlight.


Always shoot in Raw mode



Black-headed gull
                            Device           : Nikon D7000 
                            Lens              : VR  70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6G     
                            Focal Length   :300mm
                            Aperture         : f/5.6
                            Shutter Speed : 1/1000
                            ISO                :100

Raw mode gives you independence for post processing. It captures maximum color, and you can adjust them according to your choice in post processing.
 

Hope you understood the points I made. Now it's time to pick up your gear and start shooting (not with the gun, of course).