Madagascan Red Fody

It’s a rainy day here in Dubai. A few days ago on another rainy occasion I managed to snap a photograph of a beautiful little red bird called the Madagascan Red Fody (it is native to Madagascar but has been introduced to other Indian ocean islands like Seychelles and Mauritius). It was drenched in the…

Gulls in the Marina

I was sunning myself on a bench at the Marina this afternoon (the days are getting cooler) when I noticed a flock of gulls in the water. I have so far not seen gulls in the Marina (though I must confess I’m mostly only there during the evenings or nights). Having been gifted a new…

B for Birds, Birds, Birds

I never really noticed birds until I moved to live in the city and then it was the yearning to see the birds I would take for granted in my old house- the bulbuls, the kingfishers, the coucals and others. I relearnt to observe them and enjoy them over the course of the years. I’m…

California Condor

I was incredibly lucky to be able to observe the California Condor for a small duration of time during my recent visit to the Grand Canyon South Rim in September. The condor is the largest North American land bird with a wing span of nearly 3 metres. It went extinct in the 1980s but thanks…

Barbets at the Gate

There I was this morning, minding my own business- cup of tea and a book in hand on the terrace when I see a Barbet- white cheeked barbet- not just any other white cheeked barbet but one with something in its mouth. Of course I didn’t have my camera in hand- so I rush inside…

Terrace Views- Koel Story

The Koel is probably one of the most common birds in urban India- not many of us can claim to have never woken up to the sound of the “ku-oo, ku-oo” of the Koel (so much of popular culture revolves around this as well). Anyway here’s a bunch of photos I shot of a Koel…

Oriental Pied Hornbill & Breakfast

Obviously my most spectacular photograph of an Oriental Pied Hornbill is here. But I did manage to get a few more shots of this guy looking and choosing from the breakfast buffet-so here goes Like what you saw of the Hornbill? I can’t believe we’re up to O in the A to Z challenge already….

Sanderlings & Turnstones

On my trip to Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas National Park, I had a chance to observe a large number of Sanderlings and Ruddy Turnstones. The Sanderlings are long distance migrants and are fun to watch. They feed on invertebrate prey in the sand and you can see them burrowing very quickly (almost like…

300

THIS IS SPARTAAAAAAAA! Oh! That was just irresistible. I hasten to add that I have never seen the movie 300. I did watch bits of a spoof once- I think it was called “Meet the spartans”. Anyway this post is not about Sparta or about silly movies. Well this is my 300th blog post! It…

The Black Kite

It must have been about 2 years ago that I first noticed a few majestic birds hovering over the skies of Chennai. Of course the birds had been there for much longer, but me being me only noticed them when I really started looking at things. In the beginning I did not even know their…