Recently, we were at Lake Chilika, South Asia’s largest salt-water lake spread over an area of 1100 sq.kms.
We hired a boat to take us bird-watching on the lake. Hundreds of thousands of birds from different parts of the world migrate to Lake Chilika to escape the harsh winter in their homelands.
We saw many birds, some up close, some from afar (like the Siberian Crane). We saw the Blackcapped Kingfisher, Brahminy Kites, Purple Moorhen, Black tailed Godwit, Egret, Cranes and many other birds.
We were also quite lucky to see the famed Irrawady Dolphins, a couple of them, cutely dancing in the water, right in front of our eyes. Now there, now gone!
The boat ride was peaceful. I love taking pictures and I was busy clicking away, trying to capture different birds. At different places in the lake, fishing nets were put up on stakes. A few birds were perched on this one area on the wooden poles.
I focused my camera and took a few shots. Sadly, I couldn’t see clearly what I was shooting, because of the Sun’s glare. I clicked anyway.
In just a few seconds, my husband and kids whooped in excitement.
“Mom, did you see that?” asked my son, hopping with excitement.
“What?” I asked not believing that I could have missed anything in such a short span of time.
“Did you see how that bird swooped down and caught a fish?” asked my daughter.
I was quite disappointed that I had missed seeing Mother Nature at work.
But I had a surprise waiting for me when we got back to the hotel. In my rapid clicking of pictures, I seemed to have captured the bird’s swooping, catching a fish and flying away. I was so happy. Sharing these beautiful moments with you all.