Migrating birds

On the oak tree out front.. Male yellow rumped warbler bringing delight to my days..

How to ‘get’ a double-striped thick-knee in Trinidad

How to see/spot/ get the double-striped thick-knee in Trinidad? (ok, to end the suspense: it is a rare bird in TT, so please continue reading for content, and sorry the photo is down below, thanks much,  kisses…) Well, of course you don’t go looking for it! That’s rule number one. For every thing. The day…

Geoffroy’s Tamarins in Panama

  It has been a few months I posted anything. So a photo post was at the very least due. A great start to my 2018 in Panama, with these tamarins on the first day of this new year.. In the Gatun lake of the Panama Canal area. Panama is wonderful for many reasons, and…

Best remembered trips: Ayahuasca in the Amazon rainforest

I return from various trips and plan to write about them, I get caught in routine things or wallow in the vanity or vacuousness of anything I can ever write, those tales find places in the crevices of my mind. Some of them will stay in hiding forever no doubt. As this year end approaches,…

My tower of song: birding and photography

These are, what I believe to be the best images of birds I have taken, IN THE WILD. They are also, concomitantly, a collection of my most favorite birds till date. I have the year the photos were taken in the watermark, as I like to remember the chronology. Other details are in the caption….

Souvenir printemps

Had a bunch of these emperor and fringed tulips flower in my garden past spring. I didn’t post these photos anywhere and as I tumble along my 35th year, fall is around the corner already, only mists of spring in my memories and it will be a year soon, since I  planted their bulbs. I have…

Coral present: The Andaman and Nicobar islands (part 2)

Our next stop in the Andamans, from Port Blair, was Havelock, a promise of a lot of water activities, snorkeling, coral and colorful fish. Also, the day my mom needed her anti-rabies booster, after being bitten by a feral dog three days before our trip began. Siddharth, our tour manager, had said we would have…

Coral past and present: The Andamans (part1)

If you are an anthropologist, or if you are a student of colonial rule and its effects on the natives, or someone into scuba diving, or maybe someone in love with corals, or simply someone who likes the wild and untamed: the Andaman and Nicobar islands archipelago must get on your radar, if it isn’t…

Rain trance

  We went back to Trinidad after 5 yrs and stayed at the Asa wright nature center, Arima, again. A lot of things have changed there in 5 yrs, all of it for the better at the center. One thing hadn’t changed much, the dance of pleasure of the white-necked jacobin, in the rain. I…

The red-eyed cutie

Celebrated Shakespeare’s birthday recently and found out that he invented the phrase : Green eyed monster’ among many others, many of which I thankfully knew about and many others I did not. I always thought Lewis Carroll first used : “Off with his head!” But no, that was also our dear Bard’s invention. Anyway, somehow…

Is there something wrong with me?

This spider monkey reminded me of myself. On the many days I am depressed, alone among friends (this one was in the Belize Zoo). He or she looks old, maybe a little ill too. But the eyes, told me all. The photo is from Dec 2015. I had all but forgotten her. I had all…