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Birding Weekend: #WordlessWednesday #WednesdayWisdom

 

 

“Sometimes I think that the point of birdwatching is not the actual seeing of the birds, but the cultivation of patience. Of course, each time we set out, there’s a certain amount of expectation we’ll see something, maybe even a species we’ve never seen before, and that it will fill us with light. But even if we don’t see anything remarkable – and sometimes that happens – we come home filled with light anyway.”

Lynn Thomson, Birding with Yeats: A Mother’s Memoir

 

Basai Wetland - horizon
Basai Wetlands and water treatment plant is an expansive landscape with multiple water bodies that home plenty of avian wonders. We have spent a few birding weekends here.

 

 

Birding- Lake
The young, passionate birder has her cameras rolling at the Swamp Hens.

 

Wagtail - Yellow Wagtail
The Yellow Wagtail was found foraging for its meal. The following bird images are from our previous visit though. This passerine bird is usually found in wet meadows, marshlands and muddy lakeshores. Passerine translates to small, perching, song birds. Photo Credits: The 12 year-old on her Canon

 

Wetlands - Waterplants and horizon
Can you spot the Little Grebes paddling away?
Tough one! My i-Phone11 camera won’t do justice to any of this. Over to the 12 year-olds Canon.

 

Heron- Purple Heron
A very staid and sombre Purple Heron. Photo Credits: The 12 year-old on her Canon

 

Shrike - Issabeline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike. Notice the curved beak to catch its prey. Shrikes derive their name from the word ‘shriek” due to their shrill calls. Like other shrikes it hunts from prominent perches, and impales corpses on thorns or barbed wires! Credits: Of course the 12 year-old!

 

Sunset-Photography
More bird-watching, as the sun starts to sink into the horizon and the family gets ready to head home.

 

Sunset- Tall Grasses
The sun blots the horizon with its golden glow, hiding behind the tall grasses of the Basai Wetlands.

 

Sunset-Lake
Adieu! Basai Wetland, till we return again. Hopefully you will guide us to the Painted Storks and Flamingos on one of our next birding jaunts.

 

Birding Weekend

It was birding weekend, once again last Sunday! Thank god for small mercies.

We as a family had not stepped out for three weeks. 7 November, was our last birding jaunt. We were all at home all this while, quarantined, as I recovered from Covid.

The four of us – the DH, the 12-year-old, the 22 year-old and I stepped out on Sunday afternoon, a bright, clear sunny day; armed with our cameras, binoculars, a small picnic basket of tea and munchies, and of course our masks intact. It felt  liberating to drive away into the depths of city to the Basai Wetlands, a water treatment and recycling plant, for a bird-watching jaunt after a long hiatus. Harry Styles crooned to Watermelon-Sugar, as the ardent 12 year-old fan kept playing all his songs.

Birding in Basai

Winters of course have set in, in our part of the world. But the afternoon was warm and a gentle breeze blew amidst the tranquility of the wetlands.

We managed to spot the regulars – Moorhen, Cattle Egret, Little Grebes, Black Ibis, Pied Starlings, Pond Heron, Purple Heron, Grey Heron, Purple Swamp-hen, Cormorants, Stilts, Kites, White-Throated Kingfisher, Shrikes and a Grey Wagtail, diligently foraging for its snack amidst the lovely purple blooms of the Water Hyacinth.

The 22 year-old was also super excited, though she isn’t much of a avian fan. But she was quite chuffed to see so many species. 

We left Basai as the sun surreptitiously sank into the horizon, but not without having our evening cuppa and digging into the munchies. This had been a much needed family outing, after aeons. We all felt truly blessed to finally be able to do so.

As we drove into the concrete jungle, we saw a stunning full moon rising, in all its glory.

Was that a sign? 🙂

Love, Light and Laughter, my dear amigos!

Stay safe, stay wonderful. <3

Natasha

 

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Check out these wondrous #WordlessWednesday posts.

Arigato, Gracias, Shukriya, Multumesc, Danke to my amigos in blogosphere for sharing the #WW love with me.

  1. Kenneth joins us with his wondrous furry and feathered friends from the wild.
  2. Kenneth also joins with his early morning avian wonders and sky images
  3. Tina shares Wild Cotton blooms and the dried version from Africa
  4. Sandee shares an image of Lake Biel in stunning Switzerland.
  5. Kathe takes us by a water body that show cases a bunch of aqautic wonders, turtles yes!
  6. Xmas Dolly laughs with us and makes us laugh all the way.
  7. Zina shares the serene Peace Lily blooms from her home in Romania.
  8. Suzana takes us for a walk to the bountiful Drumul Taberei park.
  9. Suzana also shows us the incredible Paltinu Dam , located on the valley of the Doftana river.
  10. Diana takes us to the riverside that adorns a pretty bridge and is dotted with ducks. 
  11. Steve is as always regales in tickling our funny bone. This time with jogging decisions.
  12. Keith takes us for an afternoon walk to the beach by his home in UK.
  13. Monika lights up the flame of hope and faith in our hearts with her endearing post. 
  14. Vinitha shares a heart-warming image and poem, Could You Be Human
  15. Shinjini, better known as Modern Gypsy shares the language of abstract art with her lovely paintings.
  16. Archana clicks an image of a Ficus green, one which has me enamoured always. 
  17. Betty shares the radiant colours of her garden from New Zealand.
  18. Chandra is taking us by the riverside with a lovely piece by John O’Donohue, “Fluent,”

 

#WordlessWednesday #WednesdayWisdom

 

Here’s how you can join:

  1. #WW is an alternate week linky party and goes live 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.
  2. The next edition goes live on 15th December, 2020.
  3. Post a picture/pictures on your blog. It could be from life’s wondrous or wicked moments. Plug in the lessons (#WednesdayWisdom) and humour too. Share your wanderlust moments, or simple random shots from your day that caught your fancy, or not!
  4. Make your post as wordless, or wordy as you wish to.
  5. There is now a linky widget below and you can drop in your links. 
  6. Do add the badge to your post and a backlink to my post.
  7. And make sure you connect with a fascinating bunch of bloggers from across the globe.

You can link up right up till Monday the 14th December, so you have ample time to hop in.

Get ready to be deliciously framed!

Have a fabulous #WW!

 

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Linking up with a bunch of fantastic peeps from the blogosphere who host Wordless Wednesday :

Betty, Steve, Sue NC, Zina, Xmas Dolly, Sandee, Cathy, Tina

Also linking up with Trent  for his weekly Smiles and Skyley’s Skywatch Fridays

 

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48 thoughts on “Birding Weekend: #WordlessWednesday #WednesdayWisdom

  1. Hats off to the efforts and hard work that you have put into this article, I have hardly come across such detailed writing. I loved to reach you and read this helpful content. This enough information greatly helped me gain some new points. I appreciate your all points. Thanks a lot for the share. I hope to hear more interesting from you.

  2. This post spells fun and winged joys !

    I am so much in love with your 12 year old and her connection with nature. May she always be blessed by Mother Earth.

    Beautiful captures of the birds and Basai. The quote in the beginning is so true. Birding is a spiritual experience, that’s how I see it.

    Have a fantastic week ahead & beautiful sightings on weekend
    Monika Ohson | TravelerInMe recently posted…Balcony Birding: Great CormorantMy Profile

    1. Thanks dear Monika. Yes, I am so happy for the 12-year-old’s interest in wildlife.

      You must come birding to Basai sometime.

      I can totally imagine how much you relate to the quote. It’s great to see you here this week, sweety. <3

  3. Natasha,

    I’m sorry for not leaving a message when I linked up. I intended to but I guess I got distracted. Last week was very wild. We took some vacation time staying mostly around the house doing some chores before cold weather settles in for good. Anyway, I agree bird watching is about patience. I’m not very good with capturing creatures of flight and if I do then it’s sheer luck, nothing more. What a lovely time spent with the family on such a beautiful day! Thanks for hosting. Oh yeah, I’m still hosting Wild Wednesdays but have been off track since our staycation in October and now the holidays are here. I’m sure things will settle better in the new year, though. 😉

  4. Hey Natasha!

    Sending warm hugs your way. I hope you are feeling better now.

    Bird watching needs patience and not everyone has that. But I love it as an experience. Your daughter has done an amazing work of capturing these beauties.

    I hope stepping out and experiencing nature has made you feel much better.

  5. I love birdies, Natasha, but you already knew that, don’t you 😉 Your posts are always such a pleasure to hang out in, we don’t have a WW postie for you again this week, because we’re on a low vibration this month, but if you like we post my Thankful Thursday postie today. Just let me know, okay? Pawkisses for a wonderful Week ahead ♥♥♥
    Little Binky and Granny recently posted…Happy Thanksgiving To All Of YouMy Profile

  6. Hi! I’m glad you’re back, dear Natasha! ❤️ Sunday’s walk is a sign that everything is fine – with you.
    I was there, virtually, with you and I watched the birds and admired the sun going at bedtime.
    Big hug! I wish you all the best! ❤️

  7. A perfect day out coming as it did after a long break! I am not much of a birder but i love to see them especially when photographed so well! I find it very difficult to remember their names and that has put me off this what I am sure is a wonderful hobby.
    Archana recently posted…Joy (Wordless Wednesday)My Profile

  8. Birding!..patience indeed, dear Natasha 🙂
    Glad you all could get out on a Sunday afternoon… a picnic sounds so nice! Its great you’ve got a place to drive to nearby…
    Lovely pics and post..as always.

    P.S: If i’m not wrong, the #WW info point 1 should say 1st and 3rd Wednesdays?

    1. Thanks dear Priya for pointing out. Yes, mistyped that one.

      Yes, we discovered tons of such places, ideal for birding around our urban dwelling during the pandemic.
      There are some more we need to explore. So sweet weekends are made of these!
      Look forward to seeing your post this time.
      Love and cheer!

  9. So beautiful photos! I like the idea of watching birds, trying to make photos!
    You succeed beautiful frames, dear Natasha!
    I’m glad you open the linking!
    Happy WW!

  10. Hello Sweetie! Woooo Hoooo Can’t write much cuz I have to get my butt to bed. It’s like 2:19 a.m. and I have doctor’s in the morning…. but I’ve missed you immensely and I’ll be back! Sending big huge WINTER HUGS… brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr must snuggle – I’m freezing!!!! CAN I GET A HUG??? It’s me Xmasdolly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Where have you been Marie. Sending you big, fuzzy X’mas hugs. Its been such a long time. Hope you are keeping well, and the doc visit went off well. Loads a love you sunshine.

  11. So very glad you recovered, Natasha.

    Hey, I think my comment in your previous post ended up in your spam box! I noticed this happening on many occasions whenever I leave a link in a comment.

    Stay beautiful, my sweet friend!

    (((hugs)))
    Veronica Lee recently posted…Bamboozled!?My Profile

    1. Dearest Vero <3
      I checked my spam, nothing there. Though I did think you had posted a message, but couldn't seem to find it. Will be a bit more alert next time.

      You stay gorgeous too sweet pea. <3

  12. Water treatment plants, landfills and muddy marshes are the most attractive places for birds. You have a nice variety, and a very talented 12-year old as well. Love the sunset scenes. So glad that you are well. We are still secluded and being extra careful as I my treatment with Prednisone makes me more susceptible to infections.
    Ken Schneider recently posted…Crops & Clips: Early morning scattershotsMy Profile

  13. Glad you are recovered and can make it out 🙂 No, a phone camera is not very good for birding. The 12-year-old did a fabulous job, though. I agree that the idea of a day birding is a day out paying attention to nature, not necessarily what birds are seen.

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