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Zero Excuses | Birding Escapades

“I think the most important quality in a birdwatcher is a willingness to stand quietly and see what comes. Our everyday lives obscure a truth about existence – that at the heart of everything there lies a stillness and a light.”
― Lynn Thomson, Birding with Yeats: A Mother’s Memoir

Zero Excuses

Why is this post called Zero excuses, you may wonder?

Well, I’ve been toying with the idea of writing this post since late last week. After all had gone for some super exciting birding adventures. The only hitch, among the many others that was stopping me, was to figure a way to transfer the birding images, from the Canon camera which is actually my younger daughter’s. I have never used this camera and all the pictures (95%) you see on Natasha Musing, are taken on my iPhone. 

I will be away the next three days, and I just had to get this post out. Here’s how I knocked myself on my head with a reminder, “Enough of procrastinating!”

So here I am. 🙂

Plus, Zero Excuses happens to be #AtoZchallenge ‘s Zip Thru Autumn event, which I am attempting to participate. It seems fairly doable, though I haven’t blogged more than once a week in a while.

But what the heck!

Que sera sera!♥

 

The Joy Of Birding and Stumbling Upon the Unexpected

I’ve been birding ever since the pandemic in 2020. My 14 year-old, an avid wild-lifer needed a nice outlet during those lockdown days; as much as I did.

Birding was one of the most calming activities we partook during those uncertain times. It gave us hope, it kept our connection and deep love for nature alive, and was an ideal break in the times of social distancing: one that helped reclaim and rejuvenate ourselves, as we prepped to stay indoors rest of the week. I’m so grateful for this hobby that kept us joyous and grounded amidst the trying times. 

After my adorable wild lifer left for boarding late last year, this passion came to a grinding halt. Except, of course when I was on a holiday or break away from town.

But thanks to two wonderful communities here in Delhi-NCR, this passion has once again been re-ignited.

Delhi Bird Foundation run by the very erudite,Nikhil Devasar and Ninox – Owl about Nature, by the adventure seeking and adventure sharing,  Abhishek Gulshan; has once again given wind to my wings, and helped stoke back the passion, and thirst for learning more about wildlife and birds.

Ever since July this year, I spend one day of the weekend birding with this exceptional group of birders. And when there is a unique sighting, I try and take off on a week day too.

These pictures that I share today are from last Thursday.

I can’t thank my friend, Achal enough for introducing me to these enthusiastic, devoted and exceptional bunch of birders. And most importantly, for accompanying me for these early morning jaunts in the outskirts of the city.

Without further ado, here are some frames from the 14 year-old’s Canon. I am still learning to use this camera, and I marvel at all the pictures my girl has taken in the past. I hope I’ll get to her level sooner than later. 

 

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The golden Pearl millet fields and the cloudy yet welcoming sky greet us, as we look for birds feeding on the millets.

 

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How gorgeous do these pearl millets look atop their lush, green foliage!The birds were hiding, but do you notice the half eaten cobs?

 

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The group led by Abhishek, goes exploring and looking out for the avian wonders, as dawn breaks into day.

 

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The unhindered farmland which also doubles up as a wetland, and home to the abundance of migratory birds this season.

 

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A gorgeous flowering, Acacia tree homing a colony of the hard working male Baya Weavers and the females. Check out the unique, intricate nests.

 

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The Baya Weavers gather up to discuss the proceedings of their day.

 

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A lone Baya weaver looks on, hoping one of the females will at least approve of its nest. Did you know, the male Baya Weaver spends a lot of time alone building these intricate nests. Thereafter the female checks out the nest and if she likes his “architectural abilities”, she approves of him as a partner. And they go on to raise their fledglings. In a bid to please a prospective female, a male Baya Weaver can build multiple nests. And only if she approves, he gets to be the chosen one. Some flights of fancy this, right?

 

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Will she, won’t she?

 

Quite a poser! In a bid to gather the Salt Cedar’s (a deciduous shrub’s) foliage. 

 

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Getting nest ready, and shining their colours amidst the Tamarix spp. or Salt Cedar blooms.

 

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I just love how they flock together, and co-exist in harmony – working hard to bring up a family and shining their golden light even on a cloudy day.

The Bar Tailed Godwit 

I am running out of time. I will be away like I said earlier, and this post needs to go live.

Therefore, it will be a wrap-up with two pictures of the lone Bar-tailed Godwit that has come visiting us, in the outskirts of Gurgaon and Sultanpur border near New Delhi, after almost over 7 years. I wish I could have posted the rest of the images, but I do need to scoot. I promise to post the remainder next week.

 

 

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Here’s the lone, stunning Bar-Tailed Godwit which migrates 9 to 11 days without stopping even once. They migrate from Alaska to New Zealand/Australia. Our guess is that this species would have migrated from Russia/Siberia.

 

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The lone wonder which might have got displaced from its flock, is fattening up nicely, before it takes off for another long distance flight. It’s incredible how they conserve up energy to fly non-stop for 9/11 days without any food. I’m sharing a piece from New York Times about them that I found very interesting. Check it out here.

 

A Small Trivia:

Did you know that over a lifetime of migration, some shore birds like Bar-tailed Godwits travel the distance to the Moon!!! (3,84,400 kms).

A Bar-tailed Godwit was tracked flying from Alaska to New Zealand (11,000kms) in 9 days without stopping!

Did I hear someone say, “I love flying and then refuelling.” 🙂

 

Adios for now amigos!

Have a delicious weekend and a brand new week ahead.

Love, peace, light and laughter 

Natasha ♥ ♥

 

 

<Small request to my friends in blogosphere to please add my post to their linkys this week. 🙂 Thank you so much!>

 

Linking up with my fabulous friends in blogosphere – Sandee, Keith , Suzana BettySteve, and other bloggers for Wordless Wednesday, Yogi and other bloggers for Skywatch Friday ,  Cathy and Alana’s Monday Mewsic Moves and Corinne’s Monday Musings and Trent’s Weekly Smiles. 

 

This post is also written as part of an #AtoZChallenge Event, Zip Thru Autumn. Check out the prompts here.

Pssst: And it’s The Byrds, since we were talking birds. ^..^ 😉

24 thoughts on “Zero Excuses | Birding Escapades

  1. I have never bird watch but it sounds like an peaceful kind of activity. Lots of lovely bird shots you’ve got here. I’ve always find birds with yellow or golden feathers are the most appealing to the eye. Those pear-shaped nests are something I haven’t seen before. Just think if men had to build a house to attract women, they would be in trouble but it would be an interesting way to pick a mate.

    Have a lovely day.

    1. They are actually Poonam. Just have to go look at the right places. I was surprised to see Scaly-breasted Munias and Jacobin Cuckoo in our condo recently. But only when I started looking. 🙂

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post as much as I loved this adventure.

        1. That is so true Punam.

          The pandemic has really raised the bar amongst many people and the importance of connecting with nature.

          I’m so glad for that.
          Thank god more and more humans are valuing other species and the gifts of Mother Nature.

          1. The pandemic was a wake up call to be more sensitive to people and the planet at large.

            It’s heartening to see how more and more people are going sustainable and opening up the valuing what our ancestors did.

  2. What wonderful pictures! <3
    Very interesting "Baya" birds! I thought those nests were wasp hives! 🙂
    It is a wonderful activity! It requires a lot of attention and patience, but how much joy it brings to the soul!
    Thank you for these images, dear Natasaha! <3
    Be well where you are! I hug you with love! <3

    1. Yeah, I just have missed A-Z the last two years or so; but I’m not too sure I’ll be able to keep up with this one either. 🙂

      But it’s a more flexi, easy paced one. And even if I don’t attempt all the prompts, will try attempting when I can.
      Won’t like to work under duress. 🙂

    1. Thanks for your loving wishes, Monika. It’s been a while and we need to connect soon.

      I am still at awe with your boa video. I look forward to going on an all encompassing nature walk – herping, birding, sighting mammals et al.

      Happy Navratras and blessed festivities, dearest. <3

  3. I’m glad your able to make the post. I’m looking forward to seeing more photos 🙂

    Nature is amazing, and birds are a wonder. Each is extraordinary in its own way, but then you get an example of the Bar-tailed Godwit flying over 1000 km a day for 9 days without stopping, crossing the Pacific both east to west and north to south, just wow.

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