Wednesday, July 23, 2014

An absurd little bird

A quirky little birding collectible:

The Birdwatching Cuckoo Clock from Studio Kuadra is made up of two distinct but connected cubes. The first element, the clock, is made up of a stylized observation perch, where two birdwatchers stand ready to catch a glimpse and the other element is a tree, where a sparrow hides in the branches.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

At the bird bath

Bulbuls do enjoy a frolicky bath when the sun is beating down - some images from last summer.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Square robin

I made this collage as an experiment for instagram and then thought it should go here as well.
A robin at the birdbath in my garden. He had a good time.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

All in a Day's Birding


When a species turns out to be exactly what I first suspected it to be, despite people doubting my identification skills.


When the taxonomic association suddenly decides to attribute the Latin name of a species I had grown up knowing intimately, to a bird which is not even found on my continent. 


When I identify a bird correctly and everyone appears suspicious till an expert walks on to the scene, proclaims the species to be the same and suddenly everyone willingly consents.


When the winning team's strategy at the most recent bird-race was to photograph birds with DSLRs and identify them in their car at leisure while driving to new spots; and the rest of us were stuck with binoculars and fleeting glimpses of birds.


When a "bird photographer" refuses to buy a field guide, but posts or emails photographs of common species on a forum and asks for identification. 


When someone announces to me with a surprised look on their faces, "Oh! You know your birds pretty well!"


When I identify a species with its old name, "Hey look! A dabchick!" and a  Neo-Nomenclature Nazi retorts, "Don't you mean Little Grebe?"


When I am busy counting birds during a census, get elbowed in the face by an excited bird photographer and lose count.


When yet another "bird photographer" starts boasting about his grand experiences at expensive birding camps held in exotic locations at a gathering.



When someone introduces me to someone else as "This one really can identify birds well!" and the latter immediately says, "Oh! Let's test you shall we? What's that bird?" and points into the distance at a bird.


When a Little Brown Job, or a warbler, or a flycatcher, or a wader, or a bittern goes about skulking and avoids identification. 

Source of GIFs, the wonderful #myfriendsaremarried blog.