Bird Photography

As far as I can remember, I always wanted to be a bird photographer. Not really. Just an overdose of Scorsese.

Few days back I came across this beautiful poem at quitsmoke Mokashi’s blog, and got inspired

Dark.. almost sunrise
geese call as they fly over rooftops-
to spring home with Artic view.
when do I fly to see you?

[you need to pause here and read it again]

Life after all is a recursive loop. I’m such a loser that even after two years in the heart of Everglades, I’ve never been to the park and now I’m not going. Whenever I wanted to go on a bird trail, I get bad company. The first guy I remember is my fishing friend. He took me fishing, promising that he’ll catch a parrot for me. I used to dig out earthworms for him, clean his net and even keep his dragging on beedi a secret – all that for getting hold of a parrot and maybe killing it or something, I don’t remember. Then one fine day this dude told me that there are no parrots left in Kerala and I started my famous moaning – I do that all the time. Then he said with a wry smile that all the good birds come to temple in the evening and he’ll catch one for me there. I trusted him again. I was eight then, he was fifteen and an idiot.

About photography, I’ve always said,

To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.”

It does not surprise me a bit that Cartier Bresson has also said the same. Without trails or trips, some birds were lucky enough to fall into focus of my unique photographic eye. And here are some snaps, you could clik on the images to see the bigger picture- its that easy.


This classic shot inside the amazon rainforest in Galveston covers the entire group of parrots including cockatoos, amazons, macaws, conures, lovebirds, parakeets, cockatiels and budgerigars and of course parrots. Parrots eat flowers which give them their colour and are good at conversations. I had a two hour chat with the blue one in the picture.


Morning shot of a Weston white stork. Usual habitat is in the intersection of fair lake and Indian Trace. These migratory birds face extinction. This one in front of our house doesn’t migrate nor gets extinct. Such a pain.


Gloomy day shot of Black-kiwi-looking brids. Total population is 13, as I counted correctly – which means one of them is very lonely. Afraid of – ME. See how they fled.


Shivering hand shot of a stubborn Greywhite beach bird at Dania beach. Greywhite beach birds eat fish and have an overarching tendency to commit suicide. The photo says it all. They are found near beaches.


High speed chase shot of Orange-peak-beach birds. Someone said they are albatross, I’m not sure. The camera was set to the maximum of fourteen frames per second. If you look closely you can see a Greywhite beach bird sitting there refusing to fly.


Potrait shot of my favourite, Duck. Usual habitats are right below my window, Thai restaurants and cricket grounds where Bangladesh plays. Its a two legged bird, with webbed feet. Eats Lays potato chips, pizza waste. Does not eat cigarette butts, but you can try. Attacks mobile phones, small kids, storks, me.

Note : Ducks CAN fly, this particular duck is lazy.

Post-lunch telephoto shot of Ahinga. Ahinga is also called Snake bird. Its main occupation is drying its wings in the sun. It lacks the oil glands which keeps other birds dry. If you don’t have proper gear, why do you go into water ? – hence classified as a moronic bird. Usual habitat is in front of my office. Female of Ahinga is called Ahingari.

High focus low light shot of Brewer’s blackbird, I called it mynah initially – both could be wrong. This is so painful. This black bird does nothing significant, it keeps staring at the Ahinga making some sarcastic sounds, well aware of the fact that it will never be a white stork even if it dips in water. Sarcasm after all is a loser’s last resort. Loser bird.


Rear end shot of a two-legged-Shell walker bird. It walks on shells. Eats nothing significant, else it wouldn’t be this small.


Wide angle shot of Pelican at Boca Raton. Main occupation is watching boats and counting waves. Points to note are the second most famous hollywood flick on a bird is Pelican Brief (first is Cuckoos Nest) and I don’t like Julia Roberts and this post is really painful.


Close up shot of some frickin bird. Who cares.


In memory of my fishing friend who is still alive and his idea of birds. A Wide Eyed shot of American Blonde in Universal Studios. They have the largest brains among birds if its not clear from the picture. In case you are a blonde scroll down —>

This will keep you busy for sometime. This was my most painful post and I’m bored to death, hope you guys meet the same fate.

P.S : All photos are mine and if you copy them, I’m not sure about the exact legal term, but something very bad, they say, will happen.

14 Responses to Bird Photography

  1. Neihal March 14, 2007 at 6:23 am #

    this post would have made little sense to me…I barely can tell four or five birds, there is a crow, a sparrow, a pigeon, a parrot.First time I saw a dove I thought it was bleached pigeon (yup)….and all I know abt their natural habitat is you wont find sparrows in eastern India coz they have all been hunted.

    but then I realised it needed little sense anyways…pics are cool…:)

    PS: did not get my morning cuppa am either dead or half asleep…whtever!!

  2. alex March 14, 2007 at 2:56 pm #

    Maashe,

    “Then he said with a wry smile that all the good birds come to temple in the evening and he’ll catch one for me there. I trusted him again. I was eight then, he was fifteen and an idiot.”

    ROTFL

    And did you find any birds?? πŸ˜‰

    Good pictures. I have yet to see so many types of birds and animals. Some day i will.

    I used to watch kingfishers. Mynahs used to be my favourite. πŸ™‚

  3. Anonymous March 14, 2007 at 2:57 pm #

    pre packing depression, i guess. ;))

    ~NJ

  4. Anonymous March 14, 2007 at 2:57 pm #

    and ya, u r a pretty good “bird watcher” ;))

    ~NJ

  5. alakananda March 14, 2007 at 4:32 pm #

    LOL. ur boredom shines thru. but i did enjoy the captions. loved this .’Female of Ahinga is called Ahingari.’. oh btw, pardon me if u’ve heard this one.
    what’s the diff between a radio and ahankaaram?

  6. b v n March 14, 2007 at 10:55 pm #

    Neihal, it was a nonsense post πŸ™‚

    Alex, kingfishers used to be my fav too, even after arguably growing up πŸ™‚

    Nina, I’ll send you all my pics πŸ™‚

    Alakananda, I know the answer,enkilum parayu :)))

  7. alakananda March 15, 2007 at 12:12 am #

    radio paadum ahankaaram paadilla :))

    kingfisher aarkka ishttamallathathu?

  8. b v n March 15, 2007 at 12:12 am #

    entammo :))

  9. Jiby March 15, 2007 at 4:23 am #

    a lot of birds u snapped up here…u shud tell your fishing friend u have grown up…hehe…loved the bits and pieces of humour u have interspersed all through this post!

    bvn, without goin to everglades u have captured so many birds…i have heard all of florida is like this…ur times!

    is the shark from the LA universal studios? if i remember rite unless u bend down there is no way u can get into the sharks mouth here…well maybe these chicks must have been real small!

  10. Neihal March 15, 2007 at 3:52 pm #

    ahem…..did not say that….I sooo did not. πŸ˜€

    PS: in my case Kingfishers became important only after growing up πŸ˜‰
    πŸ˜›

  11. alex March 16, 2007 at 3:07 pm #

    So, everyone here seems share an affinity towards kingfishers.[Am not sure about the Pun]

    πŸ˜€

  12. b v n March 19, 2007 at 7:02 pm #

    Jiby, its a marsh man one big marsh like kochi. its the shark in Orlando Universal πŸ™‚

    Neihal, πŸ™‚

    Alex, oh yeah premium πŸ™‚

  13. mathew March 20, 2007 at 9:16 pm #

    the last snap was the best..i love the birds in that .. ;-P

    btw u are tagged..

  14. pophabhi March 22, 2007 at 8:52 am #

    Thakarthu maashe. ROTFL.
    Terrific post. Chirichu chirichu avashatha aayi. :))
    And I loved those last birds. Is the specimen extinct? Are they available for import? hehe

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