Hawks Bay's Star - The Oriental White-Eye



The beauty of Hawks Bay - Oriental White-Eye

Well, hello there! We found a gem at Hawks Bay and although I planned to write about it during the holiday of February 5, I was taken aback by quite a huge mishap; my beautiful sun conure took off, never to return. It may mean nothing to people but only a pet lover would understand the magnitude of my loss. Someone, asked me, 'Was the parrot expensive?' Well my answer to him was, 'All my parrots are expensive, it's actually the emotional bond that you develop over a period of time that matters ...'

So that day, as painful as it sounds, rendered all efforts of trying to find my bird, futile. What later followed was solitude and coffee ... and well some chocolate as well. I believe solitude is a great healer, though it takes its sweet time. And that wasn't just enough, I ended up working as well, my concentration level amidst sorrow was intense or perhaps I needed some outlet to think of something else. The shop keepers around my place, including Zaidi's Studio were kind enough to paste posters of my lost bird though to no avail, unfortunately. It really is the gesture that matters so I'm very grateful to everyone who tried to help regardless of the outcome. 

The next day was a working day which required going towards the waves yet again, and there's something very serene and calming about the waves as they approach the shore, eventually soothing wounds that are not physical yet quite palpable. And despite the work trip, I found myself looking around for birds at a point in time. Sandspit and Hawks Bay are blessed with nature's beauty yet polluted by us, humans ... you will still find some persevering birds that haven't lost hope in us, at least not yet.

The weekend after that was long too: I ended up spending both days at home ... more solitude and lots of reading! And I don't know why I had a feeling  that this gorgeous pet of mine will return! But let's be realistic, shall we? Still, I hope whoever finds it in our concrete jungle is kind enough to return my bird, provided it's still alive ... This is what it looks like:



Anyway let's cut my sob story short and talk about the new discovery - the oriental white-eye of Hawks Bay! We went last Sunday and explored the shrubs that housed these teeny tiny beauties. The trick of birding is that you go as early in the morning as possible because once it gets late, say afternoon, most of the birds disappear and go into their resting phase.

That Sunday, like most (some enthusiastic few wake up earlier), I woke up at 6 a.m., a few minutes before routine to get ready to leave. It was still dark, however, getting out of bed usually triggers a reflex action at the corner of my room, a voice echoed, 'ASSALAAM ALAIKUUUUM!' to which I replied ina very accustomed tone. After a while, the same voice kept repeatedly saying, 'good night!' perhaps because it was still dark and Coco still can't tell the difference as yet. I washed all water bowls of my parrots, gave them breakfast and headed out to meet the like-minded boys and girls of our wildlife photography group. And oh, forgot to water those plants ...

After gathering at the meet-up location, we headed towards Hawks Bay which we reached around 830ish and went straight to that patch of shrub of wild berries where the oriental white-eyes were having a buffet breakfast. Their call is so beautiful and camouflage so apt that you have to focus and remain still for a while until you notice some movement and your eyes dart across for that perfect shot. There were numerous oriental white-eyes singing away and devouring the wild berries. As inquisitive as some of us were, we tried a berry or two; trust me the fruit tasted of perfume yet was very sweet. Not everything is meant for human beings. Period.

Oriental white-eyes (Zosterops palpebrosus) a.k.a Indian white-eyes are small birds, about 3/4th the size of a house sparrow. They appear quite gregarious and forage in small groups while feeding on small insects and nectar, in this case these wild berries that were growing in shrubs spread out on the surface of sand. These birds have a distinctive white eye ring and spectacular brown eyes, to capture all of this you need ... let's say, a good lens. Don't let the images deceive you, these are very, very small birds, though not microscopic either. Oh but ... you will fall in love with nature a little more when you encounter these green beauties. 


Hangin upside down, what a way to make a living! *Dolly Parton's working 9 to 5 style*

As we explored the surrounding areas in search of more and more of these oriental white-eyes, we were awestruck by the vast land and its resident birds while quite disgusted by the pollution around. 

We saw one such oriental bird hopping around, almost diving into a trough of drying water to quench its thirst. That's when we realised the need to fill the nearby clay bowl with water. Hina, one of our brilliant wildlife photographers eagerly turned on the tap to fill it with enough water for the birds. However there was barely any water left but those few millilitres were sufficient for our tiny friends. They came one by one, gathering around the newly discovered water body and it was a sight not to miss but to capture.

One little bird in search of water

Water ... are you there?

Thank you. Hina. This should do!

Later, we followed the road leading to Aqua Beach, God knows wherever that was or whether it even existed. When the senior boys got to know that two of us including me have never been to Mubarak Village before, they suggested we go a bit further to explore this gem of a place. It indeed is amazing but the plastic peril has taken over all of our beaches and there was litter all around, irresponsibly scattered by tourists.  

Below is one breathtaking sight of Mubarak Village.



On our way back, there were some more bird species that we came across, one which would have been a lifer (a bird photographed for the first time) for most of us was not allowed to be captured by a gentleman in uniform, it just wasn't our jurisdiction, we toll tax paying crazy citizens. :)

And yes, the one and only bird greatly despised by our senior boys was there, waiting and smiling ... and had a pose ready. Waqar Mursalin is the guilty person who introduced me to this green bee-eater below, that was anticipating some cool photography. The bird sent its warmest regards to its best friend, Saeed Jamal Tariq who earlier did not let me take a picture of this gorgeous fluff ball ... well not exactly a ball, a bat perhaps.

Looking for me, darling???

"Whatever you do, wherever you go ... I'll be right here waiting for you!" - Green bee-eater


We had lunch at a local restaurant, next to which was a government owned fire control authority with two groups of employees playing cards. Well, these poor guys were on duty on Sunday and it was around 2 p.m. and they could just be availing some time off, not that they would have extinguished any fire with their grounded, rusty vehicle. Don't judge, okay?!?!? Please extinguish your own fire, yourself. Thank you very much!

And this is where I got another lifer, the mighty Brahminy Kite! I likened it with Tiramisu ... oh just look at this coffee coloured bird, layers of coffee and cream, gliding away in the sky!

Brahminy Kite at Hawks Bay

And another lifer, just as we were returning ...

Isabelline Shrike

At the opposite end of Sandspit was this beautiful mosque and the most disgusting vast patch of untreated effluent dump. It's ironic that 500 MDGs (Million Gallons per Day) of untreated effluent from Karachi is dumped into our seas each day and no one is answerable for this crime! Who cares? Will anyone ever will?



Below are some more pictures from our trip ... and folks, this is all until the next birding gathering.

Asian Koel

One more oriental white-eye

Beware! These people go after birds and shoot them with their CAMERAS! Picture Credit: Mirza Naim Beg

Did you even know that all such birds existed around the vicinity of Sandspit and Hawks Bay? Well, it's time to observe and reflect, my friends ...

A Tale of Sindh's Lungh Lake & Some Bird Lovers - Part 2


There is more to a photograph than meets the eye ...

 

Selfie by Yasir Pechuho

Well, well, well ... after getting a good response on part 1 of the story, I felt compelled to write down a follow-up piece, also knowing that some of the wildlife group friends are anxiously waiting. So, on the first day of the trip and after having a combination of lunch and dinner around 6 p.m., we headed towards the hotel. As tired as we were, some were still in the mood to explore the surrounding areas. We got our rooms assigned and I got to share mine with a wonderful lady from Islamabad, Pharanaz Naveed Ashraf (who thankfully came equipped with a hair dryer ... to be explained in a while). Most of us were tired but I felt dead, a special kind of dead with a sore throat and a pulsating disco head so I decided to crash the bed that had an extremely hard pillow. This is when the realisation dawned upon me that I needed to be in a moving vehicle to be able to sleep as opposed to a stationary, useless bed - inertia is the new lullaby. There was a reason why we went beyond our comfort zones ... the reason was birds as we all know - bird watching and capturing these all in the company of like-minded individuals.  

There were a lot of 'lifers' to be captured especially in my case who was meeting these folks after quite a while based on which even these humans appeared lifers. This is a term used to describe your first shot of a specific bird.

Plans were being made not to be deviated from during this trip but to implement these ahead of our schedule. Some of us had decided to leave just before sunrise and reach the lake to take our positions and shoot the birds ... with our cameras of course! Why do you always think about guns and violence? That's not good at all. 

The next morning we woke up EARLY, as early as around 530ish, however ended up having breakfast an hour after that. Yasir Pechuho a jovial, local wildlife photographer from Larkana emerged as not just a good company but an excellent tour guide as well, exclaiming after every few seconds when we sat to snap pictures, 'WIGEON HAI! WIGEON HAI!' (It's a wigeon!). He is a localised version of yet another bird encyclopedia who knows his birds by their names and has a vision of the birds of prey.

Early morning breakfast with some fuel - COFFAYYY! :-D

So off we went to say hello to our feathered relatives! The 7 of us as can be seen in the selfie above emerged as somewhat 'earlier pretty birds' while the rest got off the nests later in the morning. If you are a coffee person, don't try to be fancy at local hotels thinking you would get coffee served for breakfast, instead take your own instant sachets along and that was something worth celebrating for me at least. 

We reached the lake a little after sunrise and were able to get hold of some good light for photography; thankfully it wasn't foggy or very cold unlike how the weather forecast had bluffed. This crazy group of ours continued capturing and identifying birds until the lunch break when food was all we could think of. What's really fascinating is the fact that everyone here is eager to help each other in terms of spotting birds, capturing and identifying these, and of course helping with potential camera malfunction. It is of utmost importance that you carry a spare battery when constantly clicking because some might still be present in Sindh in spirit but this town hardly has a constant supply of electricity. However, much to our delight, it was brought into our knowledge that they have ample WATER!!!

It's not easy capturing birds which is why one should see the amount of effort put in by these highly charged up and passionate individuals who aren't even getting anything in return but  just satisfaction and sheer delight. This reminds me of a thought provoking dialogue from Oscar Wilde's short story called 'Model Millionaire': "Millionaire models are rare enough but model millionaires are rarer still." I'm not implying that anyone of us is a millionaire. DO NOT kidnap us please! Thank you.

Now let's try and talk about each one of these legally sourced diamonds who have this super power of freezing those birds in flight and also exhibiting their catch in various group shows.

Mirza Naeem Beg:

A retired banker and young at heart birdaholic who knows his birds too well despite properly having started wildlife photography about four years ago. This shows decades worth of interest for birding. He's cool! I want to retire as well.

Some of his pictures from the trip:

Metacognition overload

Common Teal

Common kingfisher caught stuffing it's face eating shaadi ka khaana

Saad Aleem:

Saad Aleem is a mechanical engineer by profession, during moments of Monday blues he thinks of all the beautiful birds that he has captured which are yet to be transferred into the laptop. The irony is that all are usually snapped in RAW form and each has to be edited and converted into a JPEG file but who cares when passion outweighs all such painstaking processes. What I really liked about him was that he liked my music playlist as discussed in the previous post and all of us have something in common with each other. He also dislikes cigarettes!

Saad in Action by Saeed Jamal Tariq

Some of his pictures from the trip:

Common Teal

Northern Shoveler



Waqar Mursalin:

Waqar is a chartered accountant, when he gets bored of all the number crunching and balancing those oh-so-frustrating balance sheets, he day dreams of the next birding trip! He's a silent killer with a camera.

In search of that pwetty, pwetty birdie!
Some of his pictures from the trip: 

Common Teals

Blue throat

Northern Pintail


Yasir Pechuho:

Words may not be able to do justice to describe Yasir's dedication for his hobby. He would go out as early as 3 a.m. in the morning to establish grounds for a good bird photography session. Yasir is cool, if you have a camera and like to capture birds, be like Yasir. Period! 

Also, he would go an extra mile to help you capture the birds you might not be able to see instantly.

Picture Credit: Saeed Jamal Tariq

Some of his pictures from Lungh Lake: 

This one is a picture of a Eurasian Wigeon, when he saw this duck he was confident about the species name and couldn't hold back his excitement. He exclaimed, 'Wigeon hai! Wigeon hai!' (it's a wigeon) and now the Wigeon itself seems to be saying, "Haan mein wigeon hoon! Bhai mein he wigeon hoon!" (Yes I am a Wigeon! Brother, it's me who is the wigeon).
Eurasian Wigeon

Gadwall

Little Grebe

 

Celesta Von Chamier:

Celesta is a German lady who joined us all the way from Islamabad. She is a selfless person who is always eager to create awareness about and do something for the wildlife of Pakistan. Celesta is also very cool! Be like Celesta.

Celesta  (Walking upfront) - Picture Credit: Mirza Naeem Beg

 

Khurram Asim Kalimi:

Always high on excitement and entrepreneurial instincts, Khurram is actually a tech entrepreneur whose company will make waves at an international level one day. His enthusiasm for birding is endless and excitement level insurmountable whenever he gets to photograph a new bird which he later shows off. And why shouldn't he for his catch is always quite unique in one way or the other?

Check below: Bird-Mammal found on Planet Earth ... species to be identified. This is him!


Some of his pictures from Lungh Lake: 

The Gorgeous Indian Roller

Northern Shoveler: I believe I can fly! I believe I can touch the sky!!!

Caption by Nusrat Ali: A Spotted Owlet who spotted Khurram 

Almas Bana:

We had a gentleman amongst us who was not just brimming with knowledge but seemed to be a true advocate of women empowerment, his intellectual conversation throughout the journey enriched my brain cells. He thoroughly enjoyed the trip, perhaps more than us, for he was soaking himself in the mesmerizing environment and observing the scenic beauty with his binoculars, unlike us who were chasing birds with the camera and wanted to snap a picture of any flying, visible being or one that was perched for the matter ... with a frog or fish trapped in its beak ... or a green bee-eater teasing people! :P

Meet Almas Bana, he reads 3 local newspapers, 3 Indian newspapers, and 3 international ones besides watching BBC and Al Jazeera to grasp various perspectives and acquaint himself with different sides of the same news. In a world where companies need PR agencies with well informed people for their reputation management, be like Almas Bana! He is very well informed indeed! 

Almas Bana, second from right/next to the bird-mammal - Photo Credit: Mirza Naim Beg

Pharahnaz Naveed Ashraf:

Pharanaz heads grade 1 to 5 at a private school in Rawalpindi, once she discovered herself further, she realised wildlife photography to be her true calling.

I got to share the room with her and during such trips you should be prepared to eke out two days at a stretch without a shower because of cold water in winter. But neither of us was prepared for this and when she offered me her hair dryer I shamelessly accepted the generous offer without a second thought. 

Pharanaz, second from right - Picture Credit: Saeed Jamal Tariq

You can read about Nusrat Ali, Saeed Jamal Tariq, and Ellen in my previous post here.

And now some 'behind the scenes' images:

Young men & the Lake
"Come on, young man. Let me show you some pretty birds."
"Aye aye, captain!"

Picture Credit: Mirza Naim Beg

Nusrat Ali - Picture Credit: Saeed Jamal Tariq

And here he was, a determined farmer, earning by the sweat of his brow, tired and yet not defeated! 



Huma Beg and the little Umama: "Baita, yeh zamana bohat kharaab hai, yahan parindoun ko maar daitay haen." - Picture Credit: Saeed Jamal Tariq

And a little about my last few attempts at bird photography; after our lunch break we headed towards the lake again where Yasir spotted a long tailed shrike around the spread out reeds and encouraged me to click away. Trying my best to stay firm on the ground, I drew myself closer to the target while snapping countless pictures after every few inches rambled and Yasir's guiding commentary continued. And there it was, the bird gave several poses and stayed there until the sound of the motor cycle scared it off. But I was one happy bird after clicking over a dozen pictures of the bird that was nothing less than a poser.

This is one of the first few pictures:


And now the closest shot from the most appropriate angle:


I didn't realise that Yasir thought I was a bird too and documented this moment:

Picture Credit: Yasir Pechuho

There is sometimes a downside to your interests as well, for example my experience from the same morning:


I had to be pulled out, then my shoe had to be pulled out. Thankfully I wasn't alone otherwise it would have become messier. And it was a bad choice of shoes, just because I was lazy enough not to tie laces, I opted for this pair. 

It was finally time to say goodbye the next morning, we got ready to leave and return to our own jungle, Karachi ... concrete jungle - home sweet home and the wheat, pepper, and mustard fields on the way back added a sense of relaxation. Much to the disappointment of some who wanted to snap my picture while I slept, I did not sleep at all on my way back! Ha! 

Learning from the trip:

1. Keep an extra camera battery because you will be taking pictures from morning till evening and no battery lasts that long. This is especially important for places like Larkana where electricity supply is scanty despite 'Zinda hai! Zinda hai!'

2. Wear boots because of wet and swampy areas. 

3. If you are a coffee person, bring along your own coffee, however, it's advisable to cut down on tea and coffee while travelling. Nobody's cause of death has ever been a lack of coffee ... this is what I tell myself.

4. Keep your single use plastics with yourself only and dispose all such bits and pieces when you find a dustbin. You should realise that these are not biodegradable. We were all environmentally conscious people but still thought of reiterating this essential bit.

Some relevant local Facebook groups that focus on bird photography:



A Tale of Sindh's Lungh Lake & Some Bird Lovers - Part 1


Shoot with a camera, not a gun ...

 

Great Egret surrounded by Northern Shovelers and Eurasian Teals

Wildlife photography is quite a niche area in photography and a rare art, amidst the ever growing bubble of wedding photography which has expanded into a lucrative field in Pakistan. Unlike the latter, wildlife photography or birding to be specific in our case, promises satisfaction, immense excitement, and an awareness about the bird species in Pakistan. If you look at the bright side, there is so much to explore in our own country.

Last weekend, a group of friends under the supervision of Wildlife with Dream Merchants led by Mirza Naim Beg embarked upon a journey to say hello to the migratory birds that had come to Larkana's Lungh Lake for a short stay. 

Us excited folks took an off from work as it was a weekend long trip inclusive of Friday and I can't express how happy I was to disappear on a workday, especially knowing that I would get a chance to try out my new Tamron 150 mm - 600 mm lens and shoot the birds with it. Now the lens also has an interesting story.

A few weeks prior to this trip I went to explore new camera body options with a friend and there the shopkeeper showed us this 1.9 kg bazooka as well which I drooled over and yet spent a few days contemplating purchasing it, later ... a green bee-eater (much despised by these senior fellows in the group) helped me make a purchase decision or perhaps it was the client lunch that day, I guess both helped me with the massive cash outflow for the lens. One fine day, our client had generously invited us over for a lunch meeting at the Karachi Boat Club (KBC) which felt more like a parent-teacher meeting, something that some schools shamelessly use an abbreviation for these days by calling it 'PTM'. For the schooling time that I belong to, our teachers would have slaughtered us for using abbreviations even in conversations, let alone be committing the sin of writing these.

Anyway, the lunch meeting ended, we bid farewell, stepped out to finally leave and there it was! A green bee-eater, flaunting off it's bright plumage! We snapped pictures of our feathered model and returned to work. And that was my moment of truth! I returned and immediately dropped a message to my friend saying, 'Khurram I've got to buy that lens!'

Fast forward to this day, some bird photography friends who have shot the green bee-eater several times care less about the presence of this bird, they would even go to the extent of photo-bombing the scene when you try getting this bird in the frame but I shall avenge this by posting countless pictures of bee-eaters on the group. Apparently, it's pretty common in the DHA area and wherever there's some greenery left or rather some natural habitat. For these folks, it's the ghost of Christmas past that they don't want to meet and oh that Jacob Marley keeps appearing out of the blue.

I remember I snapped the first picture of a green bee-eater in Dubai (Discovery Gardens) back in 2012 and mistook it to be a kingfisher. Well, here it is, birdy nostalgia:


Isn't this gorgeous!?

Moving back to the original story of Lungh Lake which was an eight hour drive from Karachi turned out to be quite entertaining. We rescued ourselves from the obnoxious music that the van driver was playing, thankfully I had a USB on me that I believe (personal opinion) had some sane music, however, the white-haired friends admired this particular playlist as opposed to the black-haired friends who seemed to be getting restless and wanted some painful alternative. But just imagine, your playlist turned on, and people identifying the likes of Gloria Gaynor, Laura Branigan, Bee Gees, and Modern Talking. Had the playlist jumped onto Beethoven, someone might have jumped out for sure. It was fun indeed, an ordeal for most but contentment for a few. There was in fact an obnoxious list being played also with no-brainer lyrics that perhaps shouldn't be repeated.

We reached Lungh Lake around 3ish and got to acquaint ourselves with the lake and its vicinity, and above all, the migratory birds which we had gone for. There isn't much that can be narrated about most of the journey leading to the final destination because I had drugged myself to sleep. It's usually a medicine for motion sickness that does its magic but this time it was an anti allergy that I had consumed because of a viral attack that was penetrating within. And I slept soundly like a baby, in fact better than the baby amongst us. However, I have got to admit that sleeping in a vehicle in motion after a touch of Gravinate has also become quite an activity; it's the combination of kinetic energy coupled with the sedating attributes of the medicine that pave the way for some serenity and magic. 

We stopped over around the lake where there is a rest house whose foundations were laid by Pakistan's Prime Minister, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in 1974 and now it is in dire need of some attention. Also, ironically, the Conocarpus has quite criminally been planted in this part of Pakistan also, around the lake itself without realising how harmful it is to our environment considering it's not even an indigenous shrub. But who really cares what we breathe in and how our water sources are being depleted.


Little is known about this lake; it's home to thousands of migratory birds in the winter season that come all the way from Siberia and enjoy their winter vacation. Reaching Larkana accounts for roughly an 8 hour drive, including small stopovers; Lungh Lake itself is located in District Shahdaadkot which is at a distance of over 15 kilometres around the outskirts of Larkana and it takes about half an hour to reach this spot from the main city centre.

The sight of the tranquil lake with birds afloat was simply spectacular! To our delight, the birds were quite close which brought the avid bird watchers to the conclusion that they are not being hunted in this particular region contrary to what often happens in interior Sindh where entire flocks of birds are mercilessly massacred for leisure; a great chunk of human species is evil, yet hope still prevails thanks to those who try to do something worthwhile for wildlife and this group surely comprises of such gems.  

Common Teal
This eager and enthusiastic group comprised of living bird encyclopedias who could tell the name of the bird by just listening to its calls, or could tell what bird is in flight several feet above the ground thanks to their super vision and immense knowledge of wildlife. And I felt like a kid who aspired to be like them when she grows up, the only difference is that I am a grown up, heading towards old age but it's never too late to keep polishing up your interests and hobbies, everyday is a learning experience. All that one has to do is hang around with these encyclopedias, read up more and let the knowledge penetrate through. Some apps also help.

One of us who had joined for this trip was a Dutch lady, Ellen Van Kalmthout who happens to be an avid bird watcher as opposed to being a hobby photographer like most of us; she documented over 90 bird species and kept a thorough record of her findings. All she needed was a pair of binoculars and a notepad.

Ellen watching birds, picture by Mirza Naim Beg
Considering the level of seriousness shown, it's quite impressive knowing that there were three ladies who had come all the way from Islamabad for this trip. 

Fom left to right: Waqar, the ladies from  Islamabad: Celesta Von Chamier, Ellen Van Kalmthout, and Pharanaz Naveed Ahraf. Picture Credit: Mirza Naim Beg
 Below are some pictures that we snapped at the lake:


Common Kingfisher by Nusrat Ali

Nusrat Ali happens to be an extraordinary bird spotter and helps us locate and identify birds. Unbeknownst to most, he was Superman once but later settled in a different life role. His photography skills are simply stupendous and you would always learn something new every time you meet him.

Lake picture by Saeed Jamal Tariq

Caught snatching by Saeed Jamal Tariq
Saeed Jamal Tariq is an amazing friend whose superb photography, especially bird photography skills further enticed me towards pursuing this hobby and he is always there to rescue my photography malfunctions with a spare lens. Oh how I recall his picture of a ... well ... a GREEN BEE_EATER perched on a golf ball!!! He shared a picture back in 2017 in a Facebook based photography group, Aaj ka Random. Another bee-eater reference! Ha! Oh come on it's a bee-eater, not a crow, so relax. Do search him up on this group and you shall discover countless gems by him. But here's his golf ball green bee-eater:


Green bee-eater by Saeed Jamal Tariq while playing golf

We both share an equal level of hatred for cigarettes. Enjoy some more pictures below: 


Northern Shovelers

Citrine Wagtail

Plain Prinia

Great Egrets
These enlarged crow like cormorants were abundant, they were shamelessly invading our camera view finders and half of our memory cards are invaded by their presence! 

The Cormorant Island 
This Cormorant Island was surrounded by other birds also including Grey Heron and the Greylag Goose among many ducks which possibly include Ferruginous Pochards as well.
I was wondering, had Robert Louis Stevenson been a bird watcher, in his book, Treasure Island, he would have marooned Benjamin Gunn to some 'Cormorant Island' instead of the treasure island itself.


Lots of Northern Shovelers

Pied Bushchat (male)

Mr. & Mrs. Mallard Duck

White throated kingfisher

Here chacha mian! Let me lend you a helping hand.
Sunset on the fist day - the first sunset of Larkana: January 11, 2019

The sun finally had set and we travelled all the way to our temporary abode or rather a temporary compromise at the cost of these gorgeous birds. We made plans to wake up early morning to visit the lake, ideally before sunrise. 

And hey, look! A green bee-eater again! We had found this on our way to Larkana ... you attract what you like ... but those who dislike something attract it more. :P


The next post will be about more fascinating bird photographs, behind the scene pictures, and something about us all.

Stay tuned!  

Read Part 2 here.

P.S. Below is the list of birds that Ellen documented:


Species

Lungh Lake  and surrounding fields

Other locations (Karachi, M9, Indus Highway, Moehenjodaro)

1  Grey francolin x
2  Greylag goose x
3  Gadwall x
4  Eurasian wigeon x
5  Mallard x
6  Common teal x
7  Garganey x
8  Northern pintail x
9  Northern shoveler x
10  Common pochard x
11  Ferruginous pochard x
12  Common hoopoe x
13  Indian roller x x
14  Common kingfisher x
15   White-throated kingfisher x x
16  Pied kingfisher x x
17  Green bee-eater x x
18  Greater coucal x
19  Little swift x
20  Spotted owlet x
21  Rock pigeon x x
22  Laughing dove x x
23  Eurasian collared dove x x
24  Purple swamphen x
25  White-breasted waterhen x x
26  Crake sp.  x
27  Common moorhen x x
28  Common coot x x
29  Common snipe x x
30  Black-tailed godwit x
31  Common redshank x x
32  Common greenshank x x
33  Green sandpiper x x
34  Wood sandpiper x x
35  Common sandpiper x
36  Temminck's stint x x
37  Pheasant-tailed jacana x
38  Black-winged stilt x x
39  Red-wattled lapwing x x
40  White-tailed lapwing x
41  Brown-headed gull x
42  Black-headed gull x x
43  River tern x
44  Little tern x
45  Whiskered tern x x
46  Black-shouldered kit x x
47  Black kite x x
48  Brahminy kite x
49  Eurasian marsh harrier x x
50  Eurasian sparrowhawk x
51  Greater spotted eagle x x
52  Tawny eagle x
53  Little grebe x
54  Little cormorant x x
55  Great cormorant x
56  Little egret x x
57  Grey heron x x
58  Purple heron x
59  Great egret x x
60  Intermediate egret x x
61  Cattle egret x x
62  Indian pond heron x x
63  Great bittern x
64  Isabelline shrike x x
65  Long-tailed shrike x
66  Southern grey shrike x
67  Rufous treepie x
68  House crow x x
69  Black drongo x x
70  Bluethroat x
71  Indian robin x
72  Pied bushchat x x
73  Common myna x x
74  Bank myna x x
75  Pale martin x
76  Barn swallow x x
77  White-eared bulbul x x
78  Red-vented bulbul x
79  Yellow-bellied prinia x
80  Plain prinia x
81  Graceful prinia x
82  Lesser whitethroat x
83  Moustached warbler x
84  Paddyfield warbler x
85  Clamorous reed warbler x
86  Common chiffchaff x
87  Greenish warbler x
88  Striated babbler x
89  Jungle babbler x x
90  Crested lark x x
91  Oriental skylark x
92  House sparrow x x
93  Spanish sparrow x
94  White wagtail x x
95  Citrine wagtail x x
96  Streaked weaver x
97  Baya weaver x


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