Nature is the best teacher || How I learnt about birds early in my life

 Indian Peacock If you have been following this blog, you probably know that over the years, we have become increasingly fond of watching and photographing birds. We have gone looking for migratory birds, we have searched for tiny birds in the bushes, and we have even pestered commonly spotted mynahs and bulbuls for a good pose.      Eastern Yellow Wagtail Indeed, bird identification is one activity that helps take my mind away from any worry. It helps me relax and is like meditation. And to be honest it is the little birds that fascinate me the most, be it sunbirds, munias, sparrows, prinias, bee-eaters, or flycatchers. All of these wonderful creatures make my heart happy.    Brahminy Starling And we are in general blessed with a lot of cool birding destinations here in India. In fact, you can find an amazing variety of birds even in the cities. In Delhi, for example, I can often hear the calls of Coppersmith Barbet and Brown-headed Barbet at the same time at my home in Rohini. Bulbuls, mynahs, and sunbirds are often having a conference in the madhumalti creeper just outside our home and yellow-footed green pigeons often surprise us with a flight from the peepal tree to the neem tree right across the street. I am serious, if you want to start birding, the best place is your home.    Red-vented Bulbul I started early when it came to being interested in birds. We used to stay in the government quarters in Sarojini Nagar. Our house was right next to the forested area of Scindia Potteries. Though there was a bit of a monkey menace because of this, the best part was that I was exposed to a wide variety of birds early on. Though at that time, we only referred to these birds by their colloquial names.    Mynah I remember flocks of sparrows, chattering away, building nests in our balconies and sometimes inside our houses. I remember mynahs and even Brahminy Starlings making frequent visits to our terrace. I remember bulbuls and crows too. There was a mango tree right behind our house and the koel used to sing there every day in summers.    Crimson Sunbird The best part was that we would often encounter peacocks and peahens on our terrace. The peacocks' calls echoed through the day and are imprinted in my memory forever. It was also here that I learned how out of tune peahens sound.    Common Tailorbird During summers, we would sleep on the terrace and I remember counting shooting stars and also trying to trace the constellations. I remember that we would often stay awake till late and chat with our neighbors, who would also be sleeping on their terraces. And if you were lucky you would see the V formation of white migratory birds flying high through the dark sky like ghosts.    Indian Peacock When I think of my childhood, it was this time that we spent in Sarojini Nagar that I think of the most. In fact, even years after we had moved out of this locality, I would dream of this place and our tiny one-bedroom apartment. I can still recall the mild fragrance of the brush-like white flowers of Shirish trees that lined both sides of the road in front of our home. I also remember swinging on the branches of that tree with other kids my age.    Indian Peahen Truly, it was a perfect childhood spent among the various miracles of nature. And those years taught me so much. I wish every child had a childhood like I had. I wish every child gets a chance to spend so much time with nature. There's no better teacher than nature.
Indian Peacock
If you have been following this blog, you probably know that over the years, we have become increasingly fond of watching and photographing birds. We have gone looking for migratory birds, we have searched for tiny birds in the bushes, and we have even pestered commonly spotted mynahs and bulbuls for a good pose. 

 Indian Peacock If you have been following this blog, you probably know that over the years, we have become increasingly fond of watching and photographing birds. We have gone looking for migratory birds, we have searched for tiny birds in the bushes, and we have even pestered commonly spotted mynahs and bulbuls for a good pose.      Eastern Yellow Wagtail Indeed, bird identification is one activity that helps take my mind away from any worry. It helps me relax and is like meditation. And to be honest it is the little birds that fascinate me the most, be it sunbirds, munias, sparrows, prinias, bee-eaters, or flycatchers. All of these wonderful creatures make my heart happy.    Brahminy Starling And we are in general blessed with a lot of cool birding destinations here in India. In fact, you can find an amazing variety of birds even in the cities. In Delhi, for example, I can often hear the calls of Coppersmith Barbet and Brown-headed Barbet at the same time at my home in Rohini. Bulbuls, mynahs, and sunbirds are often having a conference in the madhumalti creeper just outside our home and yellow-footed green pigeons often surprise us with a flight from the peepal tree to the neem tree right across the street. I am serious, if you want to start birding, the best place is your home.    Red-vented Bulbul I started early when it came to being interested in birds. We used to stay in the government quarters in Sarojini Nagar. Our house was right next to the forested area of Scindia Potteries. Though there was a bit of a monkey menace because of this, the best part was that I was exposed to a wide variety of birds early on. Though at that time, we only referred to these birds by their colloquial names.    Mynah I remember flocks of sparrows, chattering away, building nests in our balconies and sometimes inside our houses. I remember mynahs and even Brahminy Starlings making frequent visits to our terrace. I remember bulbuls and crows too. There was a mango tree right behind our house and the koel used to sing there every day in summers.    Crimson Sunbird The best part was that we would often encounter peacocks and peahens on our terrace. The peacocks' calls echoed through the day and are imprinted in my memory forever. It was also here that I learned how out of tune peahens sound.    Common Tailorbird During summers, we would sleep on the terrace and I remember counting shooting stars and also trying to trace the constellations. I remember that we would often stay awake till late and chat with our neighbors, who would also be sleeping on their terraces. And if you were lucky you would see the V formation of white migratory birds flying high through the dark sky like ghosts.    Indian Peacock When I think of my childhood, it was this time that we spent in Sarojini Nagar that I think of the most. In fact, even years after we had moved out of this locality, I would dream of this place and our tiny one-bedroom apartment. I can still recall the mild fragrance of the brush-like white flowers of Shirish trees that lined both sides of the road in front of our home. I also remember swinging on the branches of that tree with other kids my age.    Indian Peahen Truly, it was a perfect childhood spent among the various miracles of nature. And those years taught me so much. I wish every child had a childhood like I had. I wish every child gets a chance to spend so much time with nature. There's no better teacher than nature.
Eastern Yellow Wagtail
Indeed, bird identification is one activity that helps take my mind away from any worry. It helps me relax and is like meditation. And to be honest it is the little birds that fascinate me the most, be it sunbirds, munias, sparrows, prinias, bee-eaters, or flycatchers. All of these wonderful creatures make my heart happy. 
 Indian Peacock If you have been following this blog, you probably know that over the years, we have become increasingly fond of watching and photographing birds. We have gone looking for migratory birds, we have searched for tiny birds in the bushes, and we have even pestered commonly spotted mynahs and bulbuls for a good pose.      Eastern Yellow Wagtail Indeed, bird identification is one activity that helps take my mind away from any worry. It helps me relax and is like meditation. And to be honest it is the little birds that fascinate me the most, be it sunbirds, munias, sparrows, prinias, bee-eaters, or flycatchers. All of these wonderful creatures make my heart happy.    Brahminy Starling And we are in general blessed with a lot of cool birding destinations here in India. In fact, you can find an amazing variety of birds even in the cities. In Delhi, for example, I can often hear the calls of Coppersmith Barbet and Brown-headed Barbet at the same time at my home in Rohini. Bulbuls, mynahs, and sunbirds are often having a conference in the madhumalti creeper just outside our home and yellow-footed green pigeons often surprise us with a flight from the peepal tree to the neem tree right across the street. I am serious, if you want to start birding, the best place is your home.    Red-vented Bulbul I started early when it came to being interested in birds. We used to stay in the government quarters in Sarojini Nagar. Our house was right next to the forested area of Scindia Potteries. Though there was a bit of a monkey menace because of this, the best part was that I was exposed to a wide variety of birds early on. Though at that time, we only referred to these birds by their colloquial names.    Mynah I remember flocks of sparrows, chattering away, building nests in our balconies and sometimes inside our houses. I remember mynahs and even Brahminy Starlings making frequent visits to our terrace. I remember bulbuls and crows too. There was a mango tree right behind our house and the koel used to sing there every day in summers.    Crimson Sunbird The best part was that we would often encounter peacocks and peahens on our terrace. The peacocks' calls echoed through the day and are imprinted in my memory forever. It was also here that I learned how out of tune peahens sound.    Common Tailorbird During summers, we would sleep on the terrace and I remember counting shooting stars and also trying to trace the constellations. I remember that we would often stay awake till late and chat with our neighbors, who would also be sleeping on their terraces. And if you were lucky you would see the V formation of white migratory birds flying high through the dark sky like ghosts.    Indian Peacock When I think of my childhood, it was this time that we spent in Sarojini Nagar that I think of the most. In fact, even years after we had moved out of this locality, I would dream of this place and our tiny one-bedroom apartment. I can still recall the mild fragrance of the brush-like white flowers of Shirish trees that lined both sides of the road in front of our home. I also remember swinging on the branches of that tree with other kids my age.    Indian Peahen Truly, it was a perfect childhood spent among the various miracles of nature. And those years taught me so much. I wish every child had a childhood like I had. I wish every child gets a chance to spend so much time with nature. There's no better teacher than nature.
Brahminy Starling
And we are in general blessed with a lot of cool birding destinations here in India. In fact, you can find an amazing variety of birds even in the cities. In Delhi, for example, I can often hear the calls of Coppersmith Barbet and Brown-headed Barbet at the same time at my home in Rohini. Bulbuls, mynahs, and sunbirds are often having a conference in the madhumalti creeper just outside our home and yellow-footed green pigeons often surprise us with a flight from the peepal tree to the neem tree right across the street. I am serious, if you want to start birding, the best place is your home. 
 Indian Peacock If you have been following this blog, you probably know that over the years, we have become increasingly fond of watching and photographing birds. We have gone looking for migratory birds, we have searched for tiny birds in the bushes, and we have even pestered commonly spotted mynahs and bulbuls for a good pose.      Eastern Yellow Wagtail Indeed, bird identification is one activity that helps take my mind away from any worry. It helps me relax and is like meditation. And to be honest it is the little birds that fascinate me the most, be it sunbirds, munias, sparrows, prinias, bee-eaters, or flycatchers. All of these wonderful creatures make my heart happy.    Brahminy Starling And we are in general blessed with a lot of cool birding destinations here in India. In fact, you can find an amazing variety of birds even in the cities. In Delhi, for example, I can often hear the calls of Coppersmith Barbet and Brown-headed Barbet at the same time at my home in Rohini. Bulbuls, mynahs, and sunbirds are often having a conference in the madhumalti creeper just outside our home and yellow-footed green pigeons often surprise us with a flight from the peepal tree to the neem tree right across the street. I am serious, if you want to start birding, the best place is your home.    Red-vented Bulbul I started early when it came to being interested in birds. We used to stay in the government quarters in Sarojini Nagar. Our house was right next to the forested area of Scindia Potteries. Though there was a bit of a monkey menace because of this, the best part was that I was exposed to a wide variety of birds early on. Though at that time, we only referred to these birds by their colloquial names.    Mynah I remember flocks of sparrows, chattering away, building nests in our balconies and sometimes inside our houses. I remember mynahs and even Brahminy Starlings making frequent visits to our terrace. I remember bulbuls and crows too. There was a mango tree right behind our house and the koel used to sing there every day in summers.    Crimson Sunbird The best part was that we would often encounter peacocks and peahens on our terrace. The peacocks' calls echoed through the day and are imprinted in my memory forever. It was also here that I learned how out of tune peahens sound.    Common Tailorbird During summers, we would sleep on the terrace and I remember counting shooting stars and also trying to trace the constellations. I remember that we would often stay awake till late and chat with our neighbors, who would also be sleeping on their terraces. And if you were lucky you would see the V formation of white migratory birds flying high through the dark sky like ghosts.    Indian Peacock When I think of my childhood, it was this time that we spent in Sarojini Nagar that I think of the most. In fact, even years after we had moved out of this locality, I would dream of this place and our tiny one-bedroom apartment. I can still recall the mild fragrance of the brush-like white flowers of Shirish trees that lined both sides of the road in front of our home. I also remember swinging on the branches of that tree with other kids my age.    Indian Peahen Truly, it was a perfect childhood spent among the various miracles of nature. And those years taught me so much. I wish every child had a childhood like I had. I wish every child gets a chance to spend so much time with nature. There's no better teacher than nature.
Red-vented Bulbul
I started early when it came to being interested in birds. We used to stay in the government quarters in Sarojini Nagar. Our house was right next to the forested area of Scindia Potteries. Though there was a bit of a monkey menace because of this, the best part was that I was exposed to a wide variety of birds early on. Though at that time, we only referred to these birds by their colloquial names. 
 Indian Peacock If you have been following this blog, you probably know that over the years, we have become increasingly fond of watching and photographing birds. We have gone looking for migratory birds, we have searched for tiny birds in the bushes, and we have even pestered commonly spotted mynahs and bulbuls for a good pose.      Eastern Yellow Wagtail Indeed, bird identification is one activity that helps take my mind away from any worry. It helps me relax and is like meditation. And to be honest it is the little birds that fascinate me the most, be it sunbirds, munias, sparrows, prinias, bee-eaters, or flycatchers. All of these wonderful creatures make my heart happy.    Brahminy Starling And we are in general blessed with a lot of cool birding destinations here in India. In fact, you can find an amazing variety of birds even in the cities. In Delhi, for example, I can often hear the calls of Coppersmith Barbet and Brown-headed Barbet at the same time at my home in Rohini. Bulbuls, mynahs, and sunbirds are often having a conference in the madhumalti creeper just outside our home and yellow-footed green pigeons often surprise us with a flight from the peepal tree to the neem tree right across the street. I am serious, if you want to start birding, the best place is your home.    Red-vented Bulbul I started early when it came to being interested in birds. We used to stay in the government quarters in Sarojini Nagar. Our house was right next to the forested area of Scindia Potteries. Though there was a bit of a monkey menace because of this, the best part was that I was exposed to a wide variety of birds early on. Though at that time, we only referred to these birds by their colloquial names.    Mynah I remember flocks of sparrows, chattering away, building nests in our balconies and sometimes inside our houses. I remember mynahs and even Brahminy Starlings making frequent visits to our terrace. I remember bulbuls and crows too. There was a mango tree right behind our house and the koel used to sing there every day in summers.    Crimson Sunbird The best part was that we would often encounter peacocks and peahens on our terrace. The peacocks' calls echoed through the day and are imprinted in my memory forever. It was also here that I learned how out of tune peahens sound.    Common Tailorbird During summers, we would sleep on the terrace and I remember counting shooting stars and also trying to trace the constellations. I remember that we would often stay awake till late and chat with our neighbors, who would also be sleeping on their terraces. And if you were lucky you would see the V formation of white migratory birds flying high through the dark sky like ghosts.    Indian Peacock When I think of my childhood, it was this time that we spent in Sarojini Nagar that I think of the most. In fact, even years after we had moved out of this locality, I would dream of this place and our tiny one-bedroom apartment. I can still recall the mild fragrance of the brush-like white flowers of Shirish trees that lined both sides of the road in front of our home. I also remember swinging on the branches of that tree with other kids my age.    Indian Peahen Truly, it was a perfect childhood spent among the various miracles of nature. And those years taught me so much. I wish every child had a childhood like I had. I wish every child gets a chance to spend so much time with nature. There's no better teacher than nature.
Mynah
I remember flocks of sparrows, chattering away, building nests in our balconies and sometimes inside our houses. I remember mynahs and even Brahminy Starlings making frequent visits to our terrace. I remember bulbuls and crows too. There was a mango tree right behind our house and the koel used to sing there every day in summers. 
 Indian Peacock If you have been following this blog, you probably know that over the years, we have become increasingly fond of watching and photographing birds. We have gone looking for migratory birds, we have searched for tiny birds in the bushes, and we have even pestered commonly spotted mynahs and bulbuls for a good pose.      Eastern Yellow Wagtail Indeed, bird identification is one activity that helps take my mind away from any worry. It helps me relax and is like meditation. And to be honest it is the little birds that fascinate me the most, be it sunbirds, munias, sparrows, prinias, bee-eaters, or flycatchers. All of these wonderful creatures make my heart happy.    Brahminy Starling And we are in general blessed with a lot of cool birding destinations here in India. In fact, you can find an amazing variety of birds even in the cities. In Delhi, for example, I can often hear the calls of Coppersmith Barbet and Brown-headed Barbet at the same time at my home in Rohini. Bulbuls, mynahs, and sunbirds are often having a conference in the madhumalti creeper just outside our home and yellow-footed green pigeons often surprise us with a flight from the peepal tree to the neem tree right across the street. I am serious, if you want to start birding, the best place is your home.    Red-vented Bulbul I started early when it came to being interested in birds. We used to stay in the government quarters in Sarojini Nagar. Our house was right next to the forested area of Scindia Potteries. Though there was a bit of a monkey menace because of this, the best part was that I was exposed to a wide variety of birds early on. Though at that time, we only referred to these birds by their colloquial names.    Mynah I remember flocks of sparrows, chattering away, building nests in our balconies and sometimes inside our houses. I remember mynahs and even Brahminy Starlings making frequent visits to our terrace. I remember bulbuls and crows too. There was a mango tree right behind our house and the koel used to sing there every day in summers.    Crimson Sunbird The best part was that we would often encounter peacocks and peahens on our terrace. The peacocks' calls echoed through the day and are imprinted in my memory forever. It was also here that I learned how out of tune peahens sound.    Common Tailorbird During summers, we would sleep on the terrace and I remember counting shooting stars and also trying to trace the constellations. I remember that we would often stay awake till late and chat with our neighbors, who would also be sleeping on their terraces. And if you were lucky you would see the V formation of white migratory birds flying high through the dark sky like ghosts.    Indian Peacock When I think of my childhood, it was this time that we spent in Sarojini Nagar that I think of the most. In fact, even years after we had moved out of this locality, I would dream of this place and our tiny one-bedroom apartment. I can still recall the mild fragrance of the brush-like white flowers of Shirish trees that lined both sides of the road in front of our home. I also remember swinging on the branches of that tree with other kids my age.    Indian Peahen Truly, it was a perfect childhood spent among the various miracles of nature. And those years taught me so much. I wish every child had a childhood like I had. I wish every child gets a chance to spend so much time with nature. There's no better teacher than nature.
Crimson Sunbird
The best part was that we would often encounter peacocks and peahens on our terrace. The peacocks' calls echoed through the day and are imprinted in my memory forever. It was also here that I learned how out of tune peahens sound. 
 Indian Peacock If you have been following this blog, you probably know that over the years, we have become increasingly fond of watching and photographing birds. We have gone looking for migratory birds, we have searched for tiny birds in the bushes, and we have even pestered commonly spotted mynahs and bulbuls for a good pose.      Eastern Yellow Wagtail Indeed, bird identification is one activity that helps take my mind away from any worry. It helps me relax and is like meditation. And to be honest it is the little birds that fascinate me the most, be it sunbirds, munias, sparrows, prinias, bee-eaters, or flycatchers. All of these wonderful creatures make my heart happy.    Brahminy Starling And we are in general blessed with a lot of cool birding destinations here in India. In fact, you can find an amazing variety of birds even in the cities. In Delhi, for example, I can often hear the calls of Coppersmith Barbet and Brown-headed Barbet at the same time at my home in Rohini. Bulbuls, mynahs, and sunbirds are often having a conference in the madhumalti creeper just outside our home and yellow-footed green pigeons often surprise us with a flight from the peepal tree to the neem tree right across the street. I am serious, if you want to start birding, the best place is your home.    Red-vented Bulbul I started early when it came to being interested in birds. We used to stay in the government quarters in Sarojini Nagar. Our house was right next to the forested area of Scindia Potteries. Though there was a bit of a monkey menace because of this, the best part was that I was exposed to a wide variety of birds early on. Though at that time, we only referred to these birds by their colloquial names.    Mynah I remember flocks of sparrows, chattering away, building nests in our balconies and sometimes inside our houses. I remember mynahs and even Brahminy Starlings making frequent visits to our terrace. I remember bulbuls and crows too. There was a mango tree right behind our house and the koel used to sing there every day in summers.    Crimson Sunbird The best part was that we would often encounter peacocks and peahens on our terrace. The peacocks' calls echoed through the day and are imprinted in my memory forever. It was also here that I learned how out of tune peahens sound.    Common Tailorbird During summers, we would sleep on the terrace and I remember counting shooting stars and also trying to trace the constellations. I remember that we would often stay awake till late and chat with our neighbors, who would also be sleeping on their terraces. And if you were lucky you would see the V formation of white migratory birds flying high through the dark sky like ghosts.    Indian Peacock When I think of my childhood, it was this time that we spent in Sarojini Nagar that I think of the most. In fact, even years after we had moved out of this locality, I would dream of this place and our tiny one-bedroom apartment. I can still recall the mild fragrance of the brush-like white flowers of Shirish trees that lined both sides of the road in front of our home. I also remember swinging on the branches of that tree with other kids my age.    Indian Peahen Truly, it was a perfect childhood spent among the various miracles of nature. And those years taught me so much. I wish every child had a childhood like I had. I wish every child gets a chance to spend so much time with nature. There's no better teacher than nature.
Common Tailorbird
During summers, we would sleep on the terrace and I remember counting shooting stars and also trying to trace the constellations. I remember that we would often stay awake till late and chat with our neighbors, who would also be sleeping on their terraces. And if you were lucky you would see the V formation of white migratory birds flying high through the dark sky like ghosts. 
 Indian Peacock If you have been following this blog, you probably know that over the years, we have become increasingly fond of watching and photographing birds. We have gone looking for migratory birds, we have searched for tiny birds in the bushes, and we have even pestered commonly spotted mynahs and bulbuls for a good pose.      Eastern Yellow Wagtail Indeed, bird identification is one activity that helps take my mind away from any worry. It helps me relax and is like meditation. And to be honest it is the little birds that fascinate me the most, be it sunbirds, munias, sparrows, prinias, bee-eaters, or flycatchers. All of these wonderful creatures make my heart happy.    Brahminy Starling And we are in general blessed with a lot of cool birding destinations here in India. In fact, you can find an amazing variety of birds even in the cities. In Delhi, for example, I can often hear the calls of Coppersmith Barbet and Brown-headed Barbet at the same time at my home in Rohini. Bulbuls, mynahs, and sunbirds are often having a conference in the madhumalti creeper just outside our home and yellow-footed green pigeons often surprise us with a flight from the peepal tree to the neem tree right across the street. I am serious, if you want to start birding, the best place is your home.    Red-vented Bulbul I started early when it came to being interested in birds. We used to stay in the government quarters in Sarojini Nagar. Our house was right next to the forested area of Scindia Potteries. Though there was a bit of a monkey menace because of this, the best part was that I was exposed to a wide variety of birds early on. Though at that time, we only referred to these birds by their colloquial names.    Mynah I remember flocks of sparrows, chattering away, building nests in our balconies and sometimes inside our houses. I remember mynahs and even Brahminy Starlings making frequent visits to our terrace. I remember bulbuls and crows too. There was a mango tree right behind our house and the koel used to sing there every day in summers.    Crimson Sunbird The best part was that we would often encounter peacocks and peahens on our terrace. The peacocks' calls echoed through the day and are imprinted in my memory forever. It was also here that I learned how out of tune peahens sound.    Common Tailorbird During summers, we would sleep on the terrace and I remember counting shooting stars and also trying to trace the constellations. I remember that we would often stay awake till late and chat with our neighbors, who would also be sleeping on their terraces. And if you were lucky you would see the V formation of white migratory birds flying high through the dark sky like ghosts.    Indian Peacock When I think of my childhood, it was this time that we spent in Sarojini Nagar that I think of the most. In fact, even years after we had moved out of this locality, I would dream of this place and our tiny one-bedroom apartment. I can still recall the mild fragrance of the brush-like white flowers of Shirish trees that lined both sides of the road in front of our home. I also remember swinging on the branches of that tree with other kids my age.    Indian Peahen Truly, it was a perfect childhood spent among the various miracles of nature. And those years taught me so much. I wish every child had a childhood like I had. I wish every child gets a chance to spend so much time with nature. There's no better teacher than nature.
Indian Peacock
When I think of my childhood, it was this time that we spent in Sarojini Nagar that I think of the most. In fact, even years after we had moved out of this locality, I would dream of this place and our tiny one-bedroom apartment. I can still recall the mild fragrance of the brush-like white flowers of Shirish trees that lined both sides of the road in front of our home. I also remember swinging on the branches of that tree with other kids my age. 
 Indian Peacock If you have been following this blog, you probably know that over the years, we have become increasingly fond of watching and photographing birds. We have gone looking for migratory birds, we have searched for tiny birds in the bushes, and we have even pestered commonly spotted mynahs and bulbuls for a good pose.      Eastern Yellow Wagtail Indeed, bird identification is one activity that helps take my mind away from any worry. It helps me relax and is like meditation. And to be honest it is the little birds that fascinate me the most, be it sunbirds, munias, sparrows, prinias, bee-eaters, or flycatchers. All of these wonderful creatures make my heart happy.    Brahminy Starling And we are in general blessed with a lot of cool birding destinations here in India. In fact, you can find an amazing variety of birds even in the cities. In Delhi, for example, I can often hear the calls of Coppersmith Barbet and Brown-headed Barbet at the same time at my home in Rohini. Bulbuls, mynahs, and sunbirds are often having a conference in the madhumalti creeper just outside our home and yellow-footed green pigeons often surprise us with a flight from the peepal tree to the neem tree right across the street. I am serious, if you want to start birding, the best place is your home.    Red-vented Bulbul I started early when it came to being interested in birds. We used to stay in the government quarters in Sarojini Nagar. Our house was right next to the forested area of Scindia Potteries. Though there was a bit of a monkey menace because of this, the best part was that I was exposed to a wide variety of birds early on. Though at that time, we only referred to these birds by their colloquial names.    Mynah I remember flocks of sparrows, chattering away, building nests in our balconies and sometimes inside our houses. I remember mynahs and even Brahminy Starlings making frequent visits to our terrace. I remember bulbuls and crows too. There was a mango tree right behind our house and the koel used to sing there every day in summers.    Crimson Sunbird The best part was that we would often encounter peacocks and peahens on our terrace. The peacocks' calls echoed through the day and are imprinted in my memory forever. It was also here that I learned how out of tune peahens sound.    Common Tailorbird During summers, we would sleep on the terrace and I remember counting shooting stars and also trying to trace the constellations. I remember that we would often stay awake till late and chat with our neighbors, who would also be sleeping on their terraces. And if you were lucky you would see the V formation of white migratory birds flying high through the dark sky like ghosts.    Indian Peacock When I think of my childhood, it was this time that we spent in Sarojini Nagar that I think of the most. In fact, even years after we had moved out of this locality, I would dream of this place and our tiny one-bedroom apartment. I can still recall the mild fragrance of the brush-like white flowers of Shirish trees that lined both sides of the road in front of our home. I also remember swinging on the branches of that tree with other kids my age.    Indian Peahen Truly, it was a perfect childhood spent among the various miracles of nature. And those years taught me so much. I wish every child had a childhood like I had. I wish every child gets a chance to spend so much time with nature. There's no better teacher than nature.
Indian Peahen
Truly, it was a perfect childhood spent among the various miracles of nature. And those years taught me so much. I wish every child had a childhood like I had. I wish every child gets a chance to spend so much time with nature. There's no better teacher than nature. 

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Dr. Anita Sabat said…
Wonderful photographs.
Am getting to see a lot many birds during this lockdown period.
On the day of the Janata Curfew, my brother-in-law shared pics of the peacock that majestically walked in their colony at Delhi :)
Hi Anita - Good to hear from you after a long time. As you said, now everybody is able to notice birds around us in cities.

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