Monday, June 29, 2015

Bulbul Nestlings are ready to leave their Nest

Bulbul Nestlings are ready to leave their Nest
Perhaps these Bulbul nestlings are polite only when they get clicked.
It is hard to believe how fast chicks can develop from meatball resembling hatchlings to fully feathered miniature versions of the mother bird within a short span of one to two weeks. As these bulbul nestlings have developed some muscles (read 'wings') and probably impatient to leave my washroom, yours truly is back with the sixth photo story of this bulbul chapter (Click to read the First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth photo post of this bulbul series)! The dark plumage matches perfectly with the pitch black eyes of these nestlings. To meet their high metabolic demand they are eating whole day, and thankfully, not pooping on my bathroom floor. Strangely, the mother bulbul has become quite an aggressive lady! Even when I'm trying to take my bath-towel from the hanger in the vicinity of her nest, she is expressing her agitations like a deprived mob. Well, had she been behaving the same way since the initial hatching period I would have taken it as a natural response. It is beautiful to watch the mother feeding her nestlings while they're extending their necks out of the nest. When chicks are moving much inside the nest the mother is carefully controlling her kids with a strict chirp- "Easy babies, time isn't ripe yet". I wish to get another session of mobile clicks before these nestlings finally leave their nest. So, folks see you soon!
Bulbul Nestlings are ready to leave their Nest
The proud mother standing tall- Lady Bulbul of course!
Photo Courtesy: Anurup Samanta
Camera Used: Nokia X2  

Friday, June 26, 2015

Bulbul Nestlings tweeting in my Washroom

Bulbul Nestlings tweeting in my Washroom
The blurred portion of the above photograph is nothing but the open mouth of one of those highly dynamic Bulbul nestlings, whose gentle tweets of late, act as the soul freshener for my otherwise dull washroom. Repeating the one-liner background info exactly 'N'th time for my new visitors: It has been a while since my washroom has been converted to a makeshift bulbul maternity ward and this is the fifth photo story of the bathroom saga (Click to read the First, Second, Third or Fourth photo post of this bulbul series)! The modest phone camera struggled in indoor lighting conditions to freeze fast moving beaks of the chirping nestling. The physical development of two of these bulbul chicks have been pretty fast and satisfactory. Only gloomy note in this story is the disappearance of the third egg from the nest. Perhaps it got spoiled by itself. Who knows it might be a normal occurrence in a bulbul's clutch, as a population control measure by nature herself. Apart from chirruping in unison, the bonding in between these bulbul siblings is clearly evident from the harmonious way they move about and sleep inside the nest. The bulbul mother still keeps a watchful gaze over her chicks while catering to their needs and guarding the nest almost 24/7. It is quite addictive to monitor the development of these chicks every morning. Hopefully I'll be able to click few more shots of these nestlings before they finally bid goodbye to my washroom.
Bulbul Nestlings tweeting in my Washroom

Photo Courtesy: Anurup Samanta
Camera Used: Nokia X2   

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Second Bulbul Hatchling is out of its Shell too

Second Bulbul Hatchling is out of its Shell too
Wow, the big bulbul brother is not alone anymore as the second bulbul hatchling is already out of its shell! Those of you who follow this photo blog already know by now that my washroom has been converted to a makeshift Bulbul maternity ward and this is the forth photo story of the series (Click to read the First, Second or Third photo post of this bulbul series). Everyday I'm closely monitoring their growth and development. When the first hatchling was out of its mother's egg, it looked too skinny and delicate to survive in this real world conditions. By looking at its thin skin and lack of mobility I was quite apprehensive of unfavorable prognosis. But now, the contour of the skin of both of these bulbul hatchlings shows satisfactory signs of maturation. I can already imagine a pair of strong wings on each of them (dramatizing of course). Although, you can't anticipate how dynamic these tiny siblings are inside that compact nest, I had made it a point to check the same with a mirror. One more egg is remaining to be hatched. So, please keep showering your good wishes for these little bulbuls till I return with more mobile clicks of this beautiful tale.
Second Bulbul Hatchling is out of its Shell too

Photo Courtesy: Anurup Samanta
Camera Used: Nokia X2

Saturday, June 20, 2015

First Bulbul Hatchling is out of its Shell

First Bulbul Hatchling is out of its Shell
The tender hatchling is embracing other two eggs as if waiting for its siblings!
As you already know by now that my washroom has been converted to a makeshift Bulbul maternity ward (Click to read the First and Second post of this Bulbul series), I'm delighted to present before you the first bulbul hatchling which has finally come out of its shell! Before expressing my unbound joy further, I need to justify my stand on photo blogging of this series, as some of my social networking friends have raised objections against clicking photos of a hatching bird. I respect their concern for the hatching bird and also their strict adherence to the etiquette of bird photography. I too enjoy being human and I do value lives (of course, except when I'm munching crispy chicken pieces). In this case the bulbul nested in my washroom and in no circumstances I could have abandoned that place. It is not even a roomy washroom, so, my routine movements during bathing, peeing and pooping used to scare the hatching lady in the beginning. Both of us had no choice but to get used to with each other's presence. Although I enjoy shooting with my cameras, never took them out in this case. Rather I kept recording daily events with my phone cameras which won't intimidate the bulbul or pose a physical threat to her nest. Previous egg photos and today's bulbul hatchling photos were taken utmost carefully from the top of the nest with my mobile phone when the mother bulbul was away. I see this documentation somewhat like video recording of operations which surgeons do nowadays. Ah, enough talked, it is time to celebrate the first successful outcome of the bulbul's hatching in my bathroom. As of now, the hatchling looks too tender and unprepared to survive on its own. Definitely its mother is nursing it untiringly and she'll ensure that her kid survives in this nasty world. Do not forget to bless the tender bulbul hatchling most generously. I'll try to record its development along with fates of remaining two eggs in my subsequent photo posts.
First Bulbul Hatchling is out of its Shell
Mother bulbul is always on guard even though she doesn't mind my presence.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Bulbul Hatching her three Eggs in my Washroom

Bulbul Hatching her three Eggs in my Washroom
Oh I'm sorry my friends for the wrong information I had shared in my last post regarding the number of Bulbul egg! This red-whiskered lady bulbul seems to have little interest in family planning as I could spot THREE eggs in her clutch. She is happy hatching those three eggs almost 24/7, and my activities in washroom, sound of water or even door, bother her no more. She still stares at me with her pitch black eyes but the level of suspicion has considerably lowered for sure. Her constant presence in my washroom has decreased my overall bathroom-time and honestly I don't know whether I should be cheerful or irritated about it!
Bulbul Hatching her three Eggs in my Washroom
I wish the humid condition of my washroom and the tolerable warmth of monsoon favors the hatching of her eggs and three kid bulbuls come out of those shells soon. As the bulbul has nested immediately above the bulb holder I'm scared to switch on the light at night, in case the high temperature adversely affects the biological process in eggs. Those of you who have missed my previous post, you may click here to check photographs of a lady bulbul who had nested in our rose shrub (for hatching of course) and laid few eggs last year, in the month of April. These are all mobile captures too, taken with Xiaomi Redmi 1S and Nokia X2 respectively. Once again, please shower your good wishes over this refugee bulbul mother.
Bulbul Hatching her three Eggs in my Washroom

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Bulbul laid an Egg in my Washroom

Bulbul laid an Egg in my Washroom
Ah note the strategic location of the Bulbul's maternity nest!
Last year in mid-April a lady Bulbul had nested in my rose shrub and laid few eggs which I had to shoot very carefully from a safe distance with my superzoom camera (Click here to checkout the last season's photo story of a Lady Bulbul hatching her eggs). This time, another red-whiskered lady Bulbul obliged me by nesting over my washroom lamps! I'm trying to get more control over my bowel and bladder habits so that I don't need to disturb the hatching lady when she's present in the bathroom. But, when she left for a break I couldn't control my curiosity to check how many eggs the nest is holding this time. It is only ONE. As the nest is resting over the lamp holders there's hardly any space to click with my camera. There is so little gap between the top edge of the nest and the washroom ceiling that the egg can't even be visualized by a tender peep. Mobile camera came to rescue. Due to inadequate light the bulbul egg could not be focused sharply but I had to be real cautious so that my childish clicking zeal doesn't tamper with the safety of a prospective avian life. Please shower the lady with your good wishes.
Bulbul laid an Egg in my Washroom
But why did she lay only one egg this time? May be she's motivated to family planning!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Fisherman throwing his Net

Fisherman throwing his Net
Honestly I do not know whether my respect and appreciation towards fishermen are solely byproducts of my love for fish. Keeping my gustatory greed aside, I always feel that fishing is such an undervalued profession despite steep market price of fishes. You'll always find Indian fishermen with sweaty tanned skin and dry expressions. I met these fishermen throwing their fishing-nets in a coastal village of Odisha. Bay of Bengal didn't seem kind enough and their collection usually consisted of small fishes which would barely suffice the hunger of their respective families. Anyway, the ruthless summer had almost put me into a state of aestivation and the smell of coming monsoon woke me up! Hopefully I can go out with my camera for clicking photos again. By chance if any of you graduated from Hogwarts, please cast that special spell to eradicate all germs of procrastination from my blogging blood. In return you can take away my entire google adsense earnings (Can you see through my monkish smile?). 
Fisherman throwing his Net