Spotted: Grey Heron by the sea

Grey Herons are not a particularly rare kind of birds- you can spot them near water habitats- lakes, marshes and in this case on the beach. I managed to photograph this one in Seychelles a few months ago. The bird was quite focused on the fishes swimming in the water and seemed to ignore tourists…

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…

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…

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…

Tree Climbing Monitor Lizard

I have not seen too many monitor lizards in my life. The few that I have seen in non-urban environments have always confined themselves to the ground- quickly flitting away when sensing human or other activity around them. Imagine my surprise then when we found a monitor lizard astride a tree bark. Although not immediately…

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…

Pampered Sparrow

Well here’s one interesting way of getting over Monday blues- being pampered!