Brown-headed Barbet

I haven’t touched the camera in ages. But here are some old photos I still want to share.

A strange little fruit loving bird with whiskers who nests in holes made in tree trunks;

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Yesterday I sat near the small ‘lake’ ¬†near my home in Canada and talked to a stranger for more than an hour. I’m starting to see birds again too.

 

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Ashy Prinia

Endemic race of Ashy Prinia (Prinia socialis) found in Sri Lanka. No rufous rump feathers, shorter tail and distinct call.

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On nature blogging and strictness of mind

Somewhere along the journey of blogging I started being more concerned about the names and IDs of what I photographed than the spiritual experience of it. For a period of time I also started focusing more on the quality of the images (eg: sharp, clear images) than the story I wanted to share through my photography.

I wanted “more”, I wanted lists and numbers. What else can you expect from a mind that was trained to think in terms of labeling, categorizing, goal setting and achieving? Photographing nature is my hobby, why did I think of becoming pedantic here too?

I also had the strict idea in my mind that I should share only a single photographic subject in each of my posts, which eventually got me feeling frustrated as the amount of photos I wanted to share overwhelmed me. Now I realize that all this silliness took the fun (the soul) away from my posts. Silly, eh?

Here, I’ve started breaking that mindset:

 

A heartfelt thank you to the beautiful souls who stuck with me in the journey! I get distracted, I go off track but I hope I will always come back to the basics.

3 Beautiful Birds

The three birds below were photographed at a home garden in Sri Lanka on the same day. It was also the day I photographed the images I shared in little-things-seen-on-a-walk. Something to say for biodiversity.

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Red-backed Woodpecker(the red back phenotype is endemic to Sri Lanka)
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Another colorful bird: White-throated Kingfisher
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Indian Paradise Flycatcher (look at those tail feathers!)