Birds in My Backyard - Photo Gallery
Common Birds from India
"Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark." - Noble laureate and poet Rabindranath Tagore.
Birds are my inspiration. I wake up listening to the song of the birds. They are up before dawn welcoming the new day with such faith and anticipation. Their chirping fills my heart with such joy and inspiration. Birds symbolize freedom and hope that for hundreds of years they have been immortalized in art and literature. Its probably their ability to fly away and not to be domesticated by humans ( more often than not) that makes them such interesting creatures. Caged birds are never so much fun as captured birds, I mean captured through the lenses of your camera. When you are lucky enough to have captured these free beings with your camera you have the opportunity to visually relive those moments of joy and preserve them for posterity as I do now. What a gift cameras are to mankind! As I train my eyes to look through the viewfinder, what I see surpasses the beauty my naked eyes can see. Life is also like that, we need to focus, we need some discipline and we need to acquire an eye for detail, we need commitment to see things clearly.
Indian Birds from my Backyard
"No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings." - William Blake
The dark Eagle flying miles above the ground gets closer for a swoop on some unsuspecting creature which will become its next meal.
I hang around day after day waiting to feast my eyes on these wonders, the great banquet of beauty that nature spreads, which makes life a perpetual experience of visual enjoyment . The wait sometimes ends in ecstasy sometimes in disappointment. This shoot was a perfect gift of joy for my senses.
Bird watching is an exciting hobby, you need patience to catch a frame-able glimpse of the ever changing tapestry of life, when you are patient enough you freeze incredible moments which are worth the wait. You capture those moments of beauty with your eyes first before you get them on the frame. They are splendid in what they represent - the very essence of life in a this social milieu where we exist. These pictures here represent this very special piece of land I call my nation. In many ways they represent me and all that I live for.
See through my eyes and delight yourself in these little wonders of nature captured in still moments of time.
Golden Oriole - Birds in my backyard
The golden oriole - a bird that has eluded me for years is now my captive on these digital imprints. This shy bird refuses to be seen by humans, the very sight of me is enough to send it flying miles across the city. A box over my head seemed to calm the fears of this magnificent creature. So here I was a box-head for my little bird. It was worth it all even though I got a glimpse of it for just a few seconds.
The Coppersmith Barbet
"You have to believe in happiness, or happiness never comes ... Ah, that's the reason a bird can sing — On his darkest day he believes in spring." - Douglas Malloch
This is another bird I love to watch. His tut, tut is reminiscent of the coppersmith at work, and it is what has earned him his name. Proud as he is he sits on the top most branch singing boldly for me. This bird has always fascinated me and held my imagination, I have rarely got such a good view of his tiny body before as I have through my lenses in this picture.
Olive Backed Sunbird - Birds in an Indian backyard
This little darling, the sunbird, sings so sweetly that he has my heart melt each time he sings. Although he doesn’t measure more than 7-8 cms across, he is not lacking in looks or voice. His voice is like the sweet peels of silver bells on a quiet morning when the sun streaks through your window and brings warmth to your heart. He is a little tuft of sunny yellow with dark purple or olive colored feathers on his back, shining and glittering against the rays of the sun.
Mynahs - Birds in my Backyard
These are the most common birds around. Mynahs live in groups and squabble all day long. These wonderful birds have a versatile voice they can put any trained parrot to shame. They have numerous variations in his calls, I often wonder if they are multilingual. I often get fooled by their calls, I run expecting to see some rose-ringed parakeet or sparrow (which has almost become extinct now) only to see these unique birds playing their games.
The common Pigeons
The city is full of high rise building and with those come the pigeons. I do not really care for the way they mess up my precious little balcony garden which I toil over and tend to, day and night. Yet, in their eyes I see the glory of creation and the beauty of life.
The Brahminy Kite - Birds in my backyard
My favorite bird is the powerful dark eagle. I cannot get enough of those. They seem to be as fascinated by me as I of them. This works well for both, I get to picture him at close quarters and he gets a good glimpse of me.. (The cover picture)
Here is his cousin the Brahminy kite, a powerful bird of prey. I stand fascinated as I capture him on camera. He is not as fascinated of me as I am of him. So, I have to work harder at getting a better picture of him. But, for me every moment spent looking at this magnificent bird is well worth it. It soothes my soul and pleases my eyes like only nature can.
The white cheeked Barbet - Birds in an Indian Backyard
This bird is my morning alarm, he wakes me up as he calls to his mate.. This beautiful little white cheeked Barbet is more often heard than seen. His color is a great camouflage and your eyes need to be trained to pick him out from his surroundings, if he isn’t making that very unique cutroo, cutroo call.
I can go on and on...but the sun recedes into the clouds and brings a brilliant day to an end.. I await the morn to feast my eyes and ears on these birds. Their songs fill my day with joy. Life is certainly beautiful for those who stand and wait. I will hopefully bring you another edition of the Birds in my Backyard. Until then Goodbye. I appreciate your support.
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