Live up to my name #2 Hornbill

Live up to my name #2 Hornbill

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Horn for a bill or a bill that very much resembles a horn! The name for this beautiful bird fits it well. A beautiful bill and looking at its beak’s size on few of the species you may wonder if it hunts an elephant:)

The bird has many a feat to blow its own trumpet other than its splendid beak.

  • They are monogamous breeders – Faithful in this world:)
  • When the female lays eggs, the entrance of its nest which is a cavity in a tree is sealed shut – excellent mason perhaps, very skilled are they.

Wikipedia also says they are the only birds where the first and second neck vertebrae are fused together and this uniqueness is to ensure that its provides the bird a stable platform for carrying the bill. Don’t you now believe in how brilliant is Almighty:) He/ She probably is a great surgeon and does a marvellous job in imagination and creation.

The bird is wide spread so next time you sight one, enjoy the beauty of the bird and its beak.

Hail Hornbill….

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Live up to my name #1- Superb Starling

Live up to my name #1- Superb Starling

In appearance, very few would live up to their name and this bird of Africa just does that. I guess the person who was christening this bird relied on the first expression on seeing it! Superb Starling is absolutely Superb.

This one would mesmerise you with its shades of glossy blue, reddish orange, black spots on its side wings, white band adorning its chest and to top it all white spots for eyes. And its a starling!!!! Being from India, I did not expect a starling to be so colourful as if it has just come out playing the colour festival of “Holi”.

This one is endemic to East Africa and not wide spread across the continent. As the starling breed goes they are unafraid of the humans and you can always get a good shot for you to say ‘Superb’

 

 

 

The baby who took my heart…..

The baby who took my heart…..

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It is not a two legged human baby but one who walks on four 😊

Have heard when you hold your baby the very first time, there is so much of joy and in all that euphoria you tend to cry too. This Cheetah cub gave me all that pleasure even when it was away at a distance and the sight made my heart gladden. All I could do is capture it in my camera and keep gazing at it even years later. I guess it’s that dreamy and innocent look which struck my heart and made it so much more adorable  and thus even now the picture of this little wild one remains so close to my heart. Makes me smile 🙂

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A wildlife lover will always jump with glee seeing a Cheetah as only a few of this specie are left in this world ‘free and wild’ and perhaps only in one continent ‘Africa’. But what say you, when you see a Cheetah cub in your first visit? You thank God and get comfort from the feeling that there are few humans with souls left to let them live and be wild.

The black line stretching on the face, the black spots, the baby fur and the little tail make this little one so much adorable and beautiful.

Pray their population rise in the wild grasslands of Africa and beyond!

Lucky or Cursed?

Lucky or Cursed?

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Indian Roller, is also called “Neelkanth (The Blue Throated)”. One of the Trinity Deities in Hinduism,  Shiva goes by this name too. Perhaps that’s is the reason why the Indian Roller is called a harbinger of fortune. Believers especially feel blessed by getting a glimpse of them on the auspicious day of Dussherra.

However, this belief has become a curse to the bright, beautiful and colourful bird as they are captured and caged to amuse the humans. There are many who throng to get a glimpse of them and in this event, the bird trapper mints money, the believers go away with a good feeling and dreaming of lady luck knocking their door but the poor birdie gets tortured. Its worth to ponder would luck ever find its way to you when the one who has to bless is being tortured?

There are good people too who care of them. One of my friend would see the picture of the bird rather seeing them trapped and that’s such a good deed I say👍

Nevertheless, lets now focus on the bird. Move away from the city and you should find them perched on wires, bare trees and are normally visible near grasslands. The plumage is a mix of brown, blue, pale blue and purplish. Their beauty is best visible in flight. The wings when spread are absolutely gorgeous.

Another unique feature of them is when they catch a prey, they keep tossing it up a few times before they fill their belly. I guess they make sure its “dead for sure” 🙂 DSC_4543

Let us all dissuade people from superstition and let the India Roller be a free bird. Am sure it will bless enough for lady luck to come running to your home 🙂

The King of the Fishing Birds!

The King of the Fishing Birds!

Not a Mighty King but a Tiny One am I 

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What comes to your mind when you hear “Kingfisher”? Its a shame if the first thing that comes to your mind is the doomed airline or perhaps the flamboyant owner of the doomed airline.

God has created beautiful species of bird which go by the popular name of Kingfisher. Went through a bit of reading to know on why they are called the Kingfisher as there are numerous birds who fish for a living and they all fish well. I guess the royal title goes to this smaller fisher bird species perhaps for their elegance, speed and the increased amount of fishing they do. Hard-worker they are! Its a sight to see them swooping in and out of the water.

There are roughly 90 odd species with the royal Kingly title and they come in various sizes, colours and forms viz., Pygmy, Common, Collared, Stork Billed etc. I think I would need a lifetime to sight all of them. Phew!

They do prefer a change in cuisine occasionally and do try their fishing skills to grab a frog or a crab when they get tired of eating the stinky fish 🙂

You should surely be able to sight one near any lake, creek or river and nowadays even near a man-made waterhole.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Famous Ass!

No it’s not the Shrek’s famous Donkey!

The Famous Ass!

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Wild asses which earlier were also found across Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran has found its refuge in the Little Rann of Kutch where their population is on the rise.

Don’t mistake them to be lazy as they are always on the move in the almost barren rann and can easily outrun a jeep for sure.

They are a good subject to be clicked against the rising or the setting sun. Just make sure you are not too close to comfort, else they would just zip away and you will be left with your camera and with no ass around 🙂

Though they are light brown coloured, their pictures come out well against the sandy Rann

This is a perfect animal to prove what unconscious bias is all about. Not all asses are donkeys!

Little Rann of Kutch is a great place to meet this lovely beasts. They could be good hosts and you will be rewarded with lots of great pictures to treasure. And the best part is that it’s just 3 hours away from Ahmedabad.

Welcome to the kingdom of asses!

Mister India!

 

 

Mister India!The Indian Peacock takes the crown of Mister India undoubtedly for its spectacular beauty and show. It definitely can’t sing as beautiful as a nightingale but the moment it spreads its wing and wears its dancing shoes on, you are left in no doubt why it is the national bird of India.

DSC_8651The women folk similar to all the avian species are paler and lesser head turners than the men.

Elegance personified, grace, beauty is something you can associate with when you see this specie. The rainbow colours and the feather pattern shows how God would be in his artistic spirits while breathing life in them. You would be surprised with the fact that they are very good snake hunters and the snake gets a direct ticket to heaven with a few stomps  under its strong and powerful legs.

Even when the wings are down and if you sight them perched on a tree, the shots are worth to capture.

Have always observed that when I post a picture of peacock the women go gaga and the likes from them are much more than the men. I am not inferring anything on vanity, please hold your horses 🙂

I am happy for a fact that being a national bird, you can’t hunt this gorgeous bird and perhaps that’s why the population is spread across the country. The north and central parts of India boast of having them in plenty than the other parts of the country.

Hail Mister India!