Mrs & Mr. Myna


It is about to rain. The skies are about to open up. Time seems to have slowed down. A cool breeze sweeps into the house giving us a heads-up about the rain that will soon follow.

The trees are swaying and whispering. I am sitting on the couch, between chores. The house is dark, with the sudden grey enveloping us. Outside, the green of the trees contrasts beautifully with the deep grey of the sky.

It is at this specific moment that two myna birds land on my balcony. They are quite vocal. Looks like they are husband and wife, and for sure, they seem to be arguing.

One of the mynas pecks at a wooden twig from my white orchid plant, and says something loudly to the other myna. They go back and forth, debating the merits of a certain twig, or a certain tree to build their nest in. They are oblivious to the breeze, and the grey, heavy clouds.

Their eyes and beaks flit constantly – possibly evaluating the strength of my orchid twigs. All through, they keep up their banter, now loud, now soft, now raucous.

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As the first heavy drops begin to plop down, the pair jump on to the balcony railings and swoop down into one of the trees. They are now beautifully camouflaged, probably continuing their conversation about where they can set up a stable and cozy home to welcome their little ones into the world.

Maybe, if the twig from my orchid plant passes muster, they will come back again.

The rain lashes on.

That perfect, precise moment


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.

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Of Bird Watching and Halloween


Just got back after a long day at the local bird park. It was a hot and humid day, but we did see some lovely and exotic birds. We walked around the park taking in all the sites and sounds of the various birds. From colourful, squawking macaws and wetlands birds, to birds of prey, we saw them all.

I had my bit of Halloween spookiness at the bird park today. I love taking pictures of flowers, plants and animals. So, there were these beautiful bunches of baby pink flowers hanging from a small tree. I zoomed in to click, when the flowers shook suddenly.  There was no breeze. The shaking stopped as suddenly as it had started. I focussed again on the flowers, and would you believe it, the flowers shook again, more violently this time.

 

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                 The shaking flowers

My son shouted from behind me, “Mom there are two Iguanas above you.”

                 

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                  Mr.Iguana Shaker 1

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                  Mr.Iguana Shaker 2

Ha ha….nothing spooky there! We had a good laugh. Here are some pictures I took today.

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Monday morning surprise…


So, we had a long weekend. Three blissful days, where we lazed, met friends, skated, watched movies and ate lots of yummy food.

By yesterday (Sunday) afternoon, all of us had a serious case of the blues. As the evening drew to a close, each one of us prepared for the week ahead, and sighed at the classes, meetings and work and all the hundred other things that make up our week.

With all preparations done, we hit the bed with that heavy ‘tomorrow is a Monday’ heart.

This morning, as each of us rushed about the house, getting ourselves ready, we heard a screechy-chirping, very loud. We wondered about it, but went on with our chores. After some time, the sound persisted and got closer and louder.

My son, the animal enthusiast, and I, ran out to the balcony to see. And that’s when we saw them. A pair of beautiful hornbills, on the trees right next to our block. Each one was sitting on a different tree.

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My son was just putting on his shirt and I told him, “Button up your shirt and then come to the balcony.”

He was so excited that he said, “But the hornbills can’t see me.” And here I was worrying about the neighbours.

They screeched-chirped loudly…and looked so majestic. I quickly took a few shots from my phone. Only one was clear, the other bird was turning away from us.

After a while, they flew away. We went back to our breakfast. The day suddenly seemed so exciting.

My son gave us a 5 minute talk about the hornbill, and we are all wiser now.

All the way to school, we talked about these birds.

Just a five minute visit and they helped us beat the blues and transformed our day.

We hope they will come back this evening.