Friday, 24 March 2017

A land of contrasts

These pictures were taken from a moving car on the 'expressway' from Agra to Delhi, just as the Sun was setting.

One part of that journey was dominated by the chimneys of what I take to be brick works - tall chimneys belching smoke surrounded by deep pits where clay (?) had been removed.  I wondered if this was a window into what some landscape looked like at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution - heavy industry still set within a rural landscape.    Whatever the truth of this idea, it really is an example of India being a land of contrasts.

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday 243 - Rose-ringed Parakeet

The Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) was a vocal and common resident of the Lodi Gardens in New Delhi.  This bird is very wide spread in Asia and Africa and it is the only naturalised parrot in the UK.  This seems to suggest that it is an adaptable bird!

This species is about 40cm long.  While I am not an expert on such things, I think that the black 'collar' on this bird shows that it is a male.

The next set of picture were taken in the gardens around the Taj Mahal - which just goes to show that there is more to see there than just a remarkable building!

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

A walk in a garden

The Lodhi Gardens in New Delhi cover about 90 acres of land and is populated with people, palm squirrels and lots and lots of monuments.  I went for a walk there on my 'recovery' day, prior to starting work the next day, on my recent trip to India.  I was rather slack on keeping notes of what was what and who was who - so, here are some pictures just to give a feel of the place.

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday 242 - Tui

The Tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae) is an endemic that is common throughout New Zealand.  This species was one of the first birds I identified in the garden of our accommodation in Auckland.

The Tui is one of the largest honeyeaters, and is a little bigger than most thrushes.  Because of the white  throat tufts, this bird is sometimes called The Parson Bird.  In dull light they can look almost black, but when they catch the sunlight, their feathers taken on a metallic sheen.

These images were all taken in the Queen Charlotte Sound area of South Island.

My main computer is off having emergency surgery this week - and my bank account is on life support, so I will have work my way around these issues for a week or so!