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Birdwatching Escapades...

>> Wednesday, May 7, 2008




The sun was just peeping out from the mountain when the group set out on a birdwatching trail. The lush greens beckoned them to a world unknown, a mystery that was just about to unravel ...


They had just moved ahead when someone from the group exclaimed" Hey thats a Malabar Pied hornbill." She grabbed the binoculors and looked up to see Mr Hornbill. But smart lad, he eluded her. Not to be done by, as the others in the group oohed and ahhed at him, she just exclaimed "Wow nice brown feathers!!!" only to be rebuked by a group member , not higher than her knee ( yes he was that young) ," Didi, hornbill is not brown" , ( uh oh, so what had she seen then).


Then someone spotted a Drona. She couldnt hide her excitement, she anticipated a bearded old man , Drona from Mahabharata. May be Drona had set up a retirement home in this deep forest, after all jungles were known to throw up surprises. But the excitement was shortlived, Drona was a little black feathered fellow ( err.. maybe a post retirement image makeover gone wrong , she comforted herself)

After the initial gaffes, she never commented on the feather colors or the kind of beaks. Just looked through the binocs and pretended to recognise the handsome hunks ( the feathered kind.. what were you people thinking!!!!) around.


Then suddenly her eyes shone with excitement as she saw a familiar and comforting sight. There she pointed, there goes "The great Indian Crow". She looked around waiting for applause... but there was just deafening silence... the group had just moved on....

(When the itenary in the trip guide had mentioned a half day of Birdwatching, she was thrilled to bits. After all, that was one of the few things she had mastered over time... But some one should have told her.. there is a category in birdwatching other than non feathered, two legged variety too :( )

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31 comments:

Sachin May 9, 2008 at 8:34 AM  

Lol !!!
Drona and jungle stuff was awesome...... I prefer "two legged variety " birdwatching ;-)

Karthik May 9, 2008 at 10:15 AM  

LOL..These are all team building trips from your company??

Mysore Blog Park May 9, 2008 at 11:33 AM  

Hello, nice blog here! I bird-watch too! That pied hornbill is lovely! And by the way, i'm a libran too! :)

Lakshmi Bharadwaj May 9, 2008 at 11:36 AM  

sorry, that was me, signed up as mysoreblogpark. My name's Lakshmi. Do you bird-watch often?

Deepti May 10, 2008 at 12:37 PM  

@Sachin: Thanks ...

@Karthik : no no this i had gone for a rafting cum jungle trail ...with friends

@Lakshmi: I went bird watching for the first time .. I couldnt recognise any bird, now I am learning. Thanks for dropping by :)
Keep visiting.

Macadamia The Nut May 11, 2008 at 9:21 AM  

LOL! That was a hilarious account! :D
I think I'll stick to watching the two legged ones :D

mathew May 11, 2008 at 2:05 PM  

the great indian crow..hehehehe..pavaam i sympathise with her..;-P

been there is similar situations..wrong place types..

Deepti May 12, 2008 at 7:58 AM  

@Macadamia: I'll stick to 2 legged ones too!! the others are too difficult to handle :(
@Mathew:Accepting the sympathies .. she needs it :)

g-man May 13, 2008 at 1:14 PM  

you can tell her that birdwatching is difficult for us people too. its hard to stare all around through binocs wen you have the attention span of a gnat on crystal meth, living in a house made of cocaine

Macadamia The Nut May 13, 2008 at 7:58 PM  

P.S. You've been tagged :D

Deepti May 15, 2008 at 11:31 AM  

@g-man:I ahve told her and she will mull over it next time ;)

@mac: will do it soon .. kinda tied down too much by work :(((

Satish Bolla May 15, 2008 at 3:51 PM  

so u girls too have escapades in bird watching..... wht an eye-opener!!!!

anyways, i hope u r pumped as ever for ur next bird-watching session... ;)

Thomas May 15, 2008 at 7:34 PM  

Your language is good; mean the description of subtleties.
P.S. Non feathered, two legged variety?? You watch chimpanzees too?? Oh wait, i get it, must be bonobos, or gorillas, or maybe baboons. Right right?? :D

Deepti May 16, 2008 at 11:49 AM  

@Satish:Gals are discreet birdwatchers.. you'll not even know you are being watched :D

@Thomas:Thanks for the compliments on my language.. and about bonobos n gorillas and apes ... tell me do glas have an option .. men never evolved after that level of evolution dude :P

silverine May 19, 2008 at 5:21 PM  

Deepti: "men never evolved after that level of evolution dude"

LOL!!! Awesome reply!!Hats off!!!
:))

Satish Bolla May 19, 2008 at 5:24 PM  

hey deepthi, ur last comment looked outrageous. remember that v guys too doesn't have much options than u....

Deepti May 19, 2008 at 6:27 PM  

@silverine : hehehe thanks :)

@Satish : Oh that was just a funny reply to Thomas .. whom I am sure will understand what I meant.. no offence

Thomas May 19, 2008 at 6:52 PM  

Actually, I saw your reply and got pumped up all of a sudden by the chauvinistic demon; moved my cursor to the comment box ready to please the MCP God. Thought for about 5 mins; unfortunately (fortunately for you), couldn't come up with anything to retaliate. Rats!! But then, on a second thought, I would stick to the old adage - It's futile to argue with girls!.

Deepti May 20, 2008 at 11:59 AM  

@Thomas: Hey it was just a joke .. so I hope you werent offended .. :)

Thomas May 20, 2008 at 12:51 PM  

No, absolutely not; I would have loved to come up with one liner to counter that, but i'm stuck, hehe. Vadi koduthe adi vaangichathu poole aayi! Kozhappamilla, mera number bhi aayega, some day!

Deepti May 21, 2008 at 12:51 PM  

@Thomas: :D .. hehehee anyways now you go and study :) all the best

Neena Padayatty May 23, 2008 at 11:40 PM  

Dr.Salim Ali just turned in his grave...just hilarious!

Vimalraj May 25, 2008 at 10:38 PM  

Too good Deepti....very hilarious :)))). Few of your comments are even better.

Anonymous May 26, 2008 at 9:17 AM  

Enjoyed it! ;o)
- P

Deepti May 27, 2008 at 10:39 AM  

@ Neena: I know poor Mr Salim ALi ...

@vimaraj: Thanks a lot !!

@P: You know what it felt like exactly rite ??? ;0)

Satish Bolla May 27, 2008 at 12:30 PM  

u ok? no posts for almost 3 weeks? not even on the F1 blog

Enduring the Babbles of Life May 30, 2008 at 2:06 AM  

awesome gal...very well written...and truly hilarious...enjoyed every bit of it...really good!

Macadamia The Nut May 30, 2008 at 4:26 AM  

Don't curse me.. but.. you've been tagged! :D

Deepti May 30, 2008 at 7:33 AM  

@Satish: Finally I posted. Will update the F1 blog too .. :) thanks for dropping by :)

@Enduring Babbles of life: Thanks a lot gal!!

@Macadamia: thy tag shat be done ... ( both of them) apologies for the delay :(

Nishanth August 6, 2008 at 11:01 PM  

ha ha ha...i can just imagine you competing with the kids at the camp in bird watching...you aren't any good at the orginal or evolved version....:)

Deepti August 7, 2008 at 9:37 AM  

@Nish: I am not as talented as you are in this field ... you are KD :D