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…

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…

Where yellow goes to die: Green

While I am still as reticent about  editing as ever, read, I still don’t like it, I don’t care if people think it is ‘professional’, I am a better amateur than all those facebook professionals…Anyway.. I was saying while I still don’t care for it much and I certainly did not look or follow anyone’s…

Cocky peacock

He had no reason to dance. His peahen was already ‘taken’ by him.  Will post the peahen sometime soon.I was surprised to see him and his friends, in an island in the Andamans, Ross island which is basically a collection of ruins of British Barracks from 1930s., one of the small roads connecting different parts…

Collared Aracari (and its berry)

It has been months since our return from Costa Rica, and as I sort through photos and wait for the right day that I feel up to the task of making a photo gallery (instead of a trip report this time), I lag further and further behind. But I don’t want to lose everyone who…

Endangered

These are a couple of endangered birds, one of which we saw in the wild too. Photos are taken in the Belize zoo. We are yet to see a Harpy Eagle in the wild, but we saw the yellow headed parrot (using a scope) at Lamanai outpost, Belize. The yellow headed parrots are very quick…

Red headed woodpeckers

Red-headed woodpeckers greeted us as we took the way towards the Big Salt Marsh in the Quivira wildlife refuge, Kansas. They were very common and everywhere I saw undulating flight and white wings, it was them. I would have to say my favorite woodpeckers so far.

An Indian village

We visited this village a year or so ago. And such is the disregard for villages ( we were headed to an official ‘picnic spot’ that happened to be in the village) that we did not intend to see the village nor did I see its name anywhere visibly displayed. I cannot recall if someone…

Central Oregon beauties

We returned to visit our friends in Oregon. The entire ;to’ trip was rerouted ( going via Houston, instead of Denver, reaching Portland, instead of Redmond), but in the end our friends’ flexibility prevailed and we reached Sisters, Oregon, only about 12 hrs later than originally scheduled. We saw the cascade mountains in their glory,…

Bird Diversification and Hubble’s Law

AN INTERNATIONAL team of scientists has ruffled the feathers of old beliefs on evolution in birds. Using rigorous taxonomical classification and DNA-sequence data, the researchers have developed world’s most comprehensive phylogenetic tree linking all the 9,993 identified bird species. The tree shows that contrary to popular belief the diversification rate in birds is accelerating. The…

What I found in Florida

So instead of the normal trip report or overview, I want to do something different. It has been too long to remember the details and who cares if I did see or do what everybody sees and does in Florida. I want to address what I thought I would not see and feel in that…