Posts Tagged 'chicks'

cherry picking at our backyard: the indian koel

Posted by on 19 Jul 2009 | Category: photography, prakriti

indian koel female on the cherry tree

Is somebody watching me?

The female Indian Koel, eudynamys scolopacea, on our cherry tree.

indian koel female on the cherry tree


indian koel female on the cherry tree

Got it!

These koels often raid our bulbul nests. The bulbuls often make their nests around our house, at low shrubs. Once the hungry chicks come out, both bulbuls are in a frenzy to get enough food for them and probably it is during this time that the koels often find out the nestlings and get away with them. Sometimes one koel will mislead the bulbuls and in the mean time another koel would get the nestlings…

Date: 14 Oct 2007
Location: @ home, Kottayam, Kerala, India
Camera: Nikon D80 + Tamron SP AF90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Lens

Male Indian koels are glossy greenish black. Here is a quick shot from our old records.

male indian koel

Date: 08 June 2007
Location: @ home, Kottayam, Kerala, India
Camera: Olympus C770UZ + MCON-40 Macro Lens

those days with mickey and CMS college

Posted by on 15 Dec 2005 | Category: Uncategorized

Years later, today I tried to retrace the path I once used to take so often. My passion of birds and nature ¦I used to go with mickey to the nearby ‘parambu’,,,,those days.. we spent a lot of time there watching just nothing.
Today again I sat at the same spot from where I used to watch and study the ‘golden backed woodpecker’ at its nest and the ‘small green barbet’ bringing feed to its chicks.. I used to sit there endlessly, without changing my pose, the mosquitoes used to suck out my blood.. those two palm trees which gave life to those birds and me are not there now and it was already dark that the birds had disappeared to their nests. But I still love the place. It was there I found those hundreds of migratory ‘munias’. It was there I always went for some company of my mother nature. It was there I first found the ‘Indian pitta’. When did I stop going there? I want to revive all those days.. obviously everything stopped when I joined cusat and then I didn’t have any time to go anywhere. You know one thing, my dreams used to fill up with birds than with girls when I was in cms. u’ve seen the campus there. Therez lot of forest around, which was my ideal place and I used to get lost in it, forgetting everything else. Once I got the long hide of a snake, which I took to the hostel and put in the cupboard. One of the guys came, opened it and was shaken to his toenails that he never stopped calling me names for that!

Sept 28, 2002

mickey died, june 2004. i cudnt be with him in his last days and cud only cry from am growing  a feeling that hez always with me, playing around me