Monday, April 10, 2017

Birds from my Balcony

Oriental Magpie-Robin (Copsychus saularis) Adult

I was in my Balcony as usual sipping a cuppa tea, mid morning when a sudden burst of activity on the tree in front got me all excited. I had my camera in my hand in no time and started tracking the Birds. It seemed like an entire colony of them had come out with the Juniors on a their first outing into the Big Bad World. There must have been a dozen or more of these Magpie Robins and you could distinctly see the Parent pair and their off spring in various routines on the tree.

 Oriental Magpie-Robin (Copsychus saularis) Baby

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Birds from my Balcony

Blue-throated Barbet (Megalaima asiatica)

I was up the terrace supervising some Painting and repair work when I heard a Bird call in the air. I looked around and on the South-East Corner just adjacent to our Building I spotted the bird. I immediately ran down the stairs to my apartment and grabbed my Camera and came back up. After various attempts and angles, once I got closer I managed to get a clear shot of the Bird before it flew off.

I'm keeping this as part of my stories of "Birds from my Balcony"

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Bawali Revisited

So we decided to take another trip down to this amazing getaway in the nestled in the midst of rural Bengal just on the outskirts of Kolkata's city limits. Bawali Farmhouse is truly amazing for Bird Watching.

And this time around, for the first time, our Maruti Suzuki Ertiga ZXi was tested for what it was built for a people carrier. So six of us got into the car and it ferried us like a breeze to and from this lovely place.

 Black-hooded Oriole (Oriolus xanthornus)

 Little Cormorant (Phalacrocorax niger)

 Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus)

 Asian Openbill (Anastomus oscitans)

 Indian Pond-Heron (Ardeola grayii)

 Asian Koel - male (Eudynamys scolopacea)

 Bengal monitor (Varanus bengalensis) or common Indian monitor

 Bengal monitor (Varanus bengalensis) or common Indian monitor

 White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)

 Red-whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus)

 Greater Coucal (Centropus sinensis)

And that was all the Bird & Nature Watching for the first day.

The next morning I got up early to see if I could spot some more birds and capture some of them on my camera as I walked around.

No idea what Bird this is. Will find out and post.

 Oriental garden lizard (Calotes versicolor)


 Oriental garden lizard (Calotes versicolor)



 Asian Koel - female (Eudynamys scolopacea)

 Asian Koel - male (Eudynamys scolopacea)

After our breakfast at Bawali Farmhouse, we decided to take a drive down to the Riverside (River Hooghly) at Raypur and all the way down river along the banks to Burul.

And that's a wrap from the Riverside at Burul.

Off we go back home to Kolkata.

Friday, December 30, 2016

In Nature's Arms at Bawali Farmhouse

After our disappointing drive to Diamond Harbour a couple of days ago, we decided to find a nice destination to getaway for a couple of days.

Thanks to a Facebook post, I discovered a place called Bawali and after some research, we decided to head there. Though we had planned to go for a couple of days, we juts managed to get a booking for one night. But that didn't deter us from taking the break.

The drive to Bawali, save a few places of nice roads through countryside, was mostly through crowded village markets. But when we finally got to the Bawali Farmhouse, it was like the Garden of Eden. The walk from The Parking Lot next to the gate upto the main Hut was lined with a beautiful nursery, plants like I've never seen.

The first order of business after we checked in to our Cottage was an amazing breakfast in the common dining Hut. Luchi Torkari and Aloo Parantha along with Omelettes. A Cupppa Tea and Coffee and we were rejuvenated.

We were lucky to get the most secluded Cottage: NIBHRITIAs the name suggests, this cottage is located in the quietest corner of our farmhouse. With a cozy balcony overlooking the paddy fields and ponds, this is the best place to take your favourite book. For those, who want to shut down all the noise of civilization for a day, Nibhriti should be their choice. With a private sit-out area, a small corner garden and a balcony, this cottage is simple, elegant and very private.) source:

Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) also known as the Eurasian Kingfisher and River Kingfisher
Green Bee-Eater (Merops orientalis)
Green Bee-Eater (Merops orientalis) eating a Bee.

Rufous Treepie (Dendrocitta vagabunda)
Bronze-winged Jacana (Metopidius indicus)
Asian Palm-Swift (Cypsiurus balasiensis).