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…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Life Imitates Art

I really had trouble coming up with a photograph for this theme until I remembered this old photograph I had taken in 2011 in Jaipur. View some of the other photographs submitted for this challenge. 

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…

This weekend- learn to soar to the sky

You might just be an ordinary crow but nothing needs to stop you from aiming high or soaring in the sky. This weekend, do something new or try something old in a different light. Pause, reflect, reconsider- you can still soar to the sky! Have a wonderful weekend break folks!

Fake Tree Real Parrot

Although not quite as impressive as my ‘Life imitates art‘ post from nearly 4 years ago, this scene caught our eye at the Gopuram of the Big Temple at Tanjore, Tamil Nadu, India

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…

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….

Sunrise at 8am

As autumn progresses and the first waves of winter first hit you, there is a strong desire to just cozy up and sleep in bed. It doesn’t help that the sun comes up fairly late as well. But when you have a sunrise that’s bright and pink at 8 in the morning, it is worth…

Flight of a Feather

Growing up, one of the things that fascinated me was collecting bird feathers in the garden. I would hunt high and low to get my hands on a feather. More often than not, the feathers I could find were grey, black or mundane. Sometimes large and straight, sometimes short and fluffy- but mostly grey and…

Northern Cardinals

The most colourful bird that I normally come across is the Kingfisher and so I am always fascinated by birds that are more brightly coloured- the cardinals that one finds in abundance in North America are a sight for sore eyes. On first appearances the male is definitely more flashy but the female has her…