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The Birds and the Trees

I had a lovely week (my lemons notwithstanding, which I turned into delicious lemonade anyway!) My son Vidur got his results and scored a CGPA of 10. He is now officially in Grade 10 and we’re all set for school to reopen tomorrow. Their school which is part of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangatan (Central School) follows a different curriculum from others, in that they start the new academic year immediately and a month later, close for summer vacation, which is about 40 days from mid-May to end-June. We are all excited about Vidur doing well, and also eagerly waiting for the long summer vacation, planning where to go and what to do, since we must book our travel tickets well in advance.  I’ll keep you posted, of course, with photos.
In the meantime, let’s travel the world with Unknown Mami who hosts my favorite-est link up – Sundays In My City. This Sunday, we’re all about the birds and the trees. Here are some of my favorite photos – all from the Ranganthittu bird sanctuary, which I visited last week.

The birds were gorgeous – it was breeding season and amazing to be there.
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Birds everywhere – what a variety!
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It was as if groups of birds had claimed certain trees as their own!
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Getting my ducks in a row!
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This lovely pelican’s beak just shimmered like a sheet of silk in the breeze.
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And here’s my favorite photo. I had to zoom to click this – but I wanted to capture on camera what my eyes enjoyed. I wanted to catch the bird feeding its chicks…but I was not fast enough. Also, the boat in which we were paddling was rocking a little – I had to remember there were active crocodiles in the water! This may not be the most expert photo ever, but I love it – the coloring appeals to me.
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And now, come, let’s head over to Unknown Mami’s. The world is waiting!
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Cheers!

Vidya

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51 Comments

  • Reply
    Raymonde
    April 1, 2012 at 7:30 am

    What amazing birds in this park. Just beautiful. Glad to read your son is making you proud. Have a great week. 🙂

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      Vidya Sury
      April 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      Thank you, Raymonde! 🙂 The birds were gorgeous! Happy you visited – and have a wonderful week too!

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    Terri Sonoda
    April 1, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Hi Vidya! Congratulations on Vidur’s success. How wonderful! And I’m sure you’re all excited about the summer holidays as well. I look forward to those pictures and stories! Today’s post was amazing, as usual. A ‘birdly’ feast for the eyes, if you will. I LOVED the ‘ducks in a row’ going under the bridge Perfect! And the pelican! And the mama with her chicks. Just lovely. Thanks so much for sharing. I’m so glad you are a shutterbug!
    XOXOs

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      Vidya Sury
      April 2, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      Thank you, dearest Terri! We’re all quite excited. Especially after a crazy previous week – this was indeed great.Oh, you should have seen those ducks gliding around. There was a tiny chick in their midst – and it was so cute. I am thrilled you came by!

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    Molly
    April 1, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Amazing pictures… I think birds can be so tricky to photograph well but you did a great job.

    Mollyxxx

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      April 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      I am very much an aim and click photographer, Molly 😀 – I credit the camera! Thanks so much for the compliment! I love your photos!

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    Betsy at Zen-Mama
    April 1, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Beautiful pictures!! And crocodiles in the river!! Did you see any? Love this post as usual!!

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      Vidya Sury
      April 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      Thanks Betsy! And oh yes, we saw four of them. Two were in the water – literally gliding around and two were sunning themselves on the rocks. I didn’t post those pictures 😀

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    Fran Sorin
    April 1, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Vidya,
    Each week when you flash these pictures on your blog, I feel like a kid getting an ice cream cone. It gives me a taste of your world through your eyes. I love birds. When I go rowing, there is an area with waterfalls where the birds congregate…sometimes I just sit and watch. It is beauty beyond belief. As always, thanks for sharing your Sundays Vidya.

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      April 2, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      Oh, thank you, Fran. What a sweet comment! I love the peace and serenity of water and birds. In fact, I feel like I got a delicious ice cream each time I pick up my camera and know I am going to enjoy taking lots of pictures. I love how animals and birds are so un-self-conscious – that that makes it so much more delightful!

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    Leovi
    April 1, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Beautiful photos, a delightful place, I like the pelican. Greetings.

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      April 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      Greetings, Leovi! Thank you. The pelican was a delight to watch. There were plenty of them around.

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    Tara R.
    April 1, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Wonderful capture of all these birds. I really liked the shot of the mother bird and her chicks.

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      Vidya Sury
      April 2, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      Thank you, Tara. I love that shot too – makes me think of happy lazy afternoons!

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    BLOGitse
    April 1, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    What a place to visit you have!
    That pelican shot is great.
    Have a good week ahead!

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      Vidya Sury
      April 2, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      Thank you, BLOGitse! I fell in love with your yellow tulip!

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    Laurie Matherne
    April 1, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    The pelican shot is great. I love pelicans. There is something beautiful about them.

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      Vidya Sury
      April 2, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      Yes, Laurie. They were beautiful. I remember seeing some massive pelicans in Shillong, in North East India. That was amazing.

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    Harleena Singh
    April 1, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Congrats to Vidur and you as well Vidya!

    I know how tough the courses are nowadays, and glad he scored so well! He does deserve a good holiday and a little time away from the studies as well 🙂

    Beautiful snaps of the birds while your trip out. I loved the fact that you managed to click so many pictures and even captured the one with the nest 🙂

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      April 2, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      Thank you so much, dear Harleen! The happy part is we don’t involve ourselves much in his school work – and that’s a bonus. He works under pressure from within himself – which I think is a good thing.

      I do tend to overdose on the photos when we go out. 😀 Love taking pictures. Thank you so much for your kind words!

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    ceodraiocht
    April 1, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I love the top photo. I so enjoy birds in natural settings, you are lucky to have that sanctuary close enough to enjoy it.

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      Vidya Sury
      April 2, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      Yes, Maggie, I think we’re fortunate too. The birds were so friendly, they’d fly so close to us. Loved that trip and boat ride!

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    My Inner Chick
    April 1, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    The pelican looks prehistoric!
    Outstanding & Unbeleivabley Gorgeous.

    thank you for your Sunday’s Vidya.

    …they are now My Sunday’s Too. :)) Xxxxx

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      Vidya Sury
      April 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      Hugs, Kim – you should have seen them – there were plenty of them around. It was great to see them swooping down into the water and flying out so gracefully! I am so happy you come by!

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    StarTraci
    April 1, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    I especially like the flock swimming in the green river under the bridge. The colors are so vibrant!

    🙂
    Traci

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      April 2, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      Hi Traci – it was lovely to see the black swans in that green water. The whole place had a wonderful atmosphere with so many birds around. Thank you for coming by!

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    Keetha Broyles
    April 1, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    We too are bird lovers. Hubby found a web cam last year that was in an Eagle’s Nest and we certainly enjoyed watching those Eaglets grow up and fledge!

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      Vidya Sury
      April 2, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      Wow, Keetha, that’s so exciting. Years ago, a friend of mine sent me a series of pictures of a humming bird hatching out of its egg and it was so lovely to see. Thanks for coming by! 😀

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    Mama Zen
    April 2, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Beautiful pictures of the birds!

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    Galen Pearl
    April 2, 2012 at 1:22 am

    Even inactive crocodiles would make me paddle carefully! Gorgeous photos!

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      Vidya Sury
      April 2, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      Oooh Galen – they were enjoying the sun on the rocks – and we paddled so close to them. Then one of the fellas insisted the croc was angry because of the position of its tail 😀 and of course, we sped away. Thank you for being here!

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    Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com
    April 2, 2012 at 2:36 am

    These pictures make me smile. I especially like the one with the little bridge, and the water is so green.

    Be well.
    xoRobyn

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      April 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      Thanks, Robyn! Yes – it was a pretty sight. I have loads of photos of that place – especially the little chick that was getting in everyone’s way!

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    MamaTim
    April 2, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Love the ducks swimming in green waters too.. woww! It’s great to be outside with nature a lot, something I hardly do these days which I think I should! Your sunday post inspires me to.. hugs..

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      April 2, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      Thank you so much, Mama Tim. So happy you came by! My son loves to visit the zoo – and so do i. Very soothing to watch ducks 🙂

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    Jodi Lobozzo Aman
    April 2, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Love the tree on the rock, my favorite photo of the day! Gorgeous!

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      April 2, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      Welcome and Thank you, Jodi! I loved that too! 🙂

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    Bill Dorman
    April 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Crocodiles, huh? We have the alligators here….

    Congrats for your son, I’m sure you are very proud.

    Thanks for sharing your pics, they were great.

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      April 2, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      Thank you, Bill. Such a pleasure to see you here. Oh yes – apparently that lake is infested with crocodiles. We saw at least four – one speeding around in the water and three sunning themselves on the rocks. Urrgh.

      It seems like just the other day that my son started grade 1 and I cried as I watched him skip into his class. 😀 And now, he towers over me and looks very young-man-ish. I feel blessed to think of the great years gone by and the wonderful ones ahead.

      Glad you came by!

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      Bill Dorman
      April 2, 2012 at 10:55 pm

      Mine are 26 and 23 and both bigger than me; I know what you mean….:)

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    Cathy | Treatment Talk
    April 2, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Hi Vidya,

    So fun to see the birds in the park. That is wonderful that your son is doing well. Take care.

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    Kimberly
    April 3, 2012 at 2:41 am

    This is the dumbest thing I will ever admit but since I’m throwing caution to the wind (I’m looped up on anti-psychotics and whatchamacallits and everything else that makes me feel like some sort of verbal filter is missing) that I had no idea that pelicans could fly.
    There. I said it.
    I truly honestly didn’t know.
    Kind of blew my mind seeing it up in the tree.
    Man I need to get out of Canada. And my PJ’s.

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      April 3, 2012 at 3:31 am

      😀 Come to India. By the way, that’s not dumb at all. I remember a time when I thought crocodiles and alligators were the same thing :D. Hugs, Kim – am tracking your Facebook updates and waiting for my invitation to the shower. 😀

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    Nezzy
    April 2, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    I am a lover of our fine feathered friends and feed ’em year round here on the Ponderosa. Your collection is absolutely amazin’ and the pictures are simply breathtakin’!!!

    Thanks for sharin’!

    God bless ya sweetie and have an excellent kinda week!!!

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      April 3, 2012 at 3:29 am

      Dearest Nezzy, thank you so much for coming by. Oh, we had a wonderful time – and I thought I could have lived there, just watching those birds go about their business. You have a fabulous week too! Hugs!

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    rclotion
    April 3, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    love the pictures, enjoying the blog a lot aunty
    spent the next 15 minutes googling at pictures of pelicans 🙂

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      April 4, 2012 at 5:48 am

      🙂 Thank you, rclotion! – Glad you enjoyed it! Pelicans are very interesting birds – and come in different sizes!

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    Unknown Mami
    April 3, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    The bird with the chicks is heartwarming. I’m at work today and someone just came in who has your first name.

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      Vidya Sury
      April 4, 2012 at 5:50 am

      It is, isn’t it? There were several like that and made me feel happy all over. 🙂 Interesting about the name – imagine, when my Mom chose that name she thought it was rare. I hope I meet you someday! Hugs!

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