I am utterly and unapologetically in love with owls. Especially owlets. I think this is our natural bias towards cute animals showing, but honestly? In the case of owls, I couldn't care less. I will chase an LBJ (little brown job; birder slang for nondescript little bird) across the woods but if there's an owl,… Continue reading Is That Owl You Got?
Tag: bird spottings
For the Song of Birds
On a winter morning in Bangalore, an Ashy Prinia sings.
We continue with the bird taxonomy lesson/rant with another family on another continent - shrikes. The all-knowing Wikipedia informs me that the name is derived from the Latin word for 'butcher' - or, at least, its scientific family, Laniidae, is. (Linguist nerds: the Latin word is Lanius, which happily also means executioner.) Now, "butcher" might… Continue reading Oh, Shrikes!
Tit for Tat
against this sky’s endless canvas, paint your image with your wings: call it a self-portrait in ultraviolet. I've been experimenting a bit with photo-editing lately. This, of a blue-throated bee-eater from a trip to Sungei Buloh quite a few months back, is one of the results. I'm not sure what I make of it -… Continue reading Flight
insufferable delicacy infused into the bend of knee, turn of head: a water-borne ballet, beat kept by still water, reflecting this moment then, now, forevermore. This will - finally - be the last of the birds from my trip to the Llobregat Delta in Spain, almost eight months on. (What can I say. I procrastinate.)… Continue reading Long-legged Tchaikovskys
Waders Dressed in White
Mallard over Metropolis
Today in quirky bird names, we bring you a Mallard from, you guessed it, Spain. Apparently the name is derived from Old French - from mallart, or wild drake - and also from masle, meaning male. As a female, I am slightly offended by this gendering what is, at the end of the day, a… Continue reading Mallard over Metropolis