Spring Spirit : song bird & blooming bud

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I spotted this American goldfinch on one of my morning walks perched on the blooming branch of an eastern redbud tree. I especially loved the mix of colors, the yellow bird, the  pink flowers and the green lawn made for a great back ground.

He was merrily feasting on seeds in the lawn but then he noticed me moving closer, looked for a few seconds at my camera (thats when I got this next shot) before flying away.  😦

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Weekly Photo Challenge : It IS Easy Being Green

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For this rose-ringed parakeet (the Indian parrot), it is definitely easy being green (literally). 

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It can be easily identified by its shrill calls, very common even in urban localities that are dotted by at least a few trees.  My parent’s apartment has a Gulmohar tree right next to one of their balconies, which is a perfect hide out for these birds. With their green plumage and red beaks, they fit right in, among the branches of the gulmohar tree with lush green feathery leaves and bright red flowers. 

With a multitude of shades of green, this beautiful bird  is a master of camouflage  It would be really hard to spot one if it was a little quieter. Can you spot the two birds in the picture below?

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In response to the weekly photo challenge; it is easy being green

Weekly Photo Challenge : A good match

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These two pigeons live on the tree, next to my balcony at home, in India. Every morning my mom feeds them some grains of rice or wheat or whatever is at hand. If she is late or if she forgets, they take turns pecking on the railing of the balcony and making their weird cooing sound, perched on the kitchen window until they get their breakfast. For the rest of the afternoon they hang out in the tree taking naps and chit chatting (I guess), spending days like an old happily married couple after retirement. Now, that’s what I call a “good match”.

And I hope they continue to live happily (ever after….)

In response to the Weekly Photo Challenge : A good match

Asian pied starling

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An asian pied startling. They are commonly referred to as mynas in India ( different from the more common brown mynas). Though these are starlings, which are in general very social and wander around in large groups (like in this picture of european starlings I posted sometime back) ,  I have never seen these birds in groups larger than four. Well that may also be because I have never seen them in the open country side. Have you?