Sofs is an amateur photographer who loves photographing nature. Gardening, like photography, is one of her passions.
Common Birds from India
"Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark." - Noble laureate and poet Rabindranath Tagore.
Birds are my inspiration. I wake up listening to the song of the birds. They are up before dawn welcoming the new day with such faith and anticipation. Their chirping fills my heart with such joy and inspiration. Birds symbolize freedom and hope that for hundreds of years they have been immortalized in art and literature. Its probably their ability to fly away and not to be domesticated by humans ( more often than not) that makes them such interesting creatures. Caged birds are never so much fun as captured birds, I mean captured through the lenses of your camera. When you are lucky enough to have captured these free beings with your camera you have the opportunity to visually relive those moments of joy and preserve them for posterity as I do now. What a gift cameras are to mankind! As I train my eyes to look through the viewfinder, what I see surpasses the beauty my naked eyes can see. Life is also like that, we need to focus, we need some discipline and we need to acquire an eye for detail, we need commitment to see things clearly.
Indian Birds from my Backyard
"No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings." - William Blake
The dark Eagle flying miles above the ground gets closer for a swoop on some unsuspecting creature which will become its next meal.
I hang around day after day waiting to feast my eyes on these wonders, the great banquet of beauty that nature spreads, which makes life a perpetual experience of visual enjoyment . The wait sometimes ends in ecstasy sometimes in disappointment. This shoot was a perfect gift of joy for my senses.
Bird watching is an exciting hobby, you need patience to catch a frame-able glimpse of the ever changing tapestry of life, when you are patient enough you freeze incredible moments which are worth the wait. You capture those moments of beauty with your eyes first before you get them on the frame. They are splendid in what they represent - the very essence of life in a this social milieu where we exist. These pictures here represent this very special piece of land I call my nation. In many ways they represent me and all that I live for.
See through my eyes and delight yourself in these little wonders of nature captured in still moments of time.
Golden Oriole - Birds in my backyard
The golden oriole - a bird that has eluded me for years is now my captive on these digital imprints. This shy bird refuses to be seen by humans, the very sight of me is enough to send it flying miles across the city. A box over my head seemed to calm the fears of this magnificent creature. So here I was a box-head for my little bird. It was worth it all even though I got a glimpse of it for just a few seconds.
The Coppersmith Barbet
"You have to believe in happiness, or happiness never comes ... Ah, that's the reason a bird can sing — On his darkest day he believes in spring." - Douglas Malloch
This is another bird I love to watch. His tut, tut is reminiscent of the coppersmith at work, and it is what has earned him his name. Proud as he is he sits on the top most branch singing boldly for me. This bird has always fascinated me and held my imagination, I have rarely got such a good view of his tiny body before as I have through my lenses in this picture.
Olive Backed Sunbird - Birds in an Indian backyard
This little darling, the sunbird, sings so sweetly that he has my heart melt each time he sings. Although he doesn’t measure more than 7-8 cms across, he is not lacking in looks or voice. His voice is like the sweet peels of silver bells on a quiet morning when the sun streaks through your window and brings warmth to your heart. He is a little tuft of sunny yellow with dark purple or olive colored feathers on his back, shining and glittering against the rays of the sun.
Mynahs - Birds in my Backyard
These are the most common birds around. Mynahs live in groups and squabble all day long. These wonderful birds have a versatile voice they can put any trained parrot to shame. They have numerous variations in his calls, I often wonder if they are multilingual. I often get fooled by their calls, I run expecting to see some rose-ringed parakeet or sparrow (which has almost become extinct now) only to see these unique birds playing their games.
The common Pigeons
The city is full of high rise building and with those come the pigeons. I do not really care for the way they mess up my precious little balcony garden which I toil over and tend to, day and night. Yet, in their eyes I see the glory of creation and the beauty of life.
The Brahminy Kite - Birds in my backyard
My favorite bird is the powerful dark eagle. I cannot get enough of those. They seem to be as fascinated by me as I of them. This works well for both, I get to picture him at close quarters and he gets a good glimpse of me.. (The cover picture)
Here is his cousin the Brahminy kite, a powerful bird of prey. I stand fascinated as I capture him on camera. He is not as fascinated of me as I am of him. So, I have to work harder at getting a better picture of him. But, for me every moment spent looking at this magnificent bird is well worth it. It soothes my soul and pleases my eyes like only nature can.
The white cheeked Barbet - Birds in an Indian Backyard
This bird is my morning alarm, he wakes me up as he calls to his mate.. This beautiful little white cheeked Barbet is more often heard than seen. His color is a great camouflage and your eyes need to be trained to pick him out from his surroundings, if he isn’t making that very unique cutroo, cutroo call.
I can go on and on...but the sun recedes into the clouds and brings a brilliant day to an end.. I await the morn to feast my eyes and ears on these birds. Their songs fill my day with joy. Life is certainly beautiful for those who stand and wait. I will hopefully bring you another edition of the Birds in my Backyard. Until then Goodbye. I appreciate your support.
A Quick Bird watchers poll
Cast your vote..
© 2013 Sophie
Your comments are welcome
Sean OCallaghan from Liverpool on December 10, 2016:
Love birds of prey, great to spot one when your out and about
Joy56 on September 07, 2014:
Hi how are you.......
Dave from Lancashire north west England on July 05, 2013:
Hi Sofs my friend,
So glad to see this hub, you have been missed. This hub is like a breath of fresh air, beautiful photographs. As Wordsworth wrote " Come into the light of things let nature be your teacher." Voted up, best wishes to you.
RTalloni on June 11, 2013:
Enjoyed this hub with these photos very much! I can just see you patiently waiting for that shot with a box on your head… :) Though I've crawled under bushes to photograph the back of flowers still on the plant, I've not tried that one! Looking forward to more of your work.
Dave from Lancashire north west England on June 05, 2013:
Hi Sofs ,
Beautiful hub with fantastic images. well done. By the way welcome back you have been missed.
Joy56 on April 10, 2013:
It's so good to see you....... so good........ I am back here too. I cannot believe that you took those photos they are amazing. I know your mum passed away, so did mine and my dad...... it takes time to heal...... I am so glad you are here. Please can i steal a picture of one of the birds and write a poem around it....... love ya. Brenda.
Dianna Mendez on March 04, 2013:
You certainly have done a beautiful job of capturing these magnificent birds. My favorite is the eagle, such strength and majesty! Thanks for the photo tour.
Eiddwen from Wales on February 27, 2013:
So nice to see you back sofs and this hub is truly beautiful.I love the birds which also come to our bird table and to read about your visitors is a treat. I vote up and share. Have a great day and I look forward to many more by you..
Rob Welsh from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. on February 25, 2013:
Welcome back sofs... so glad that you donned your box and put this excellent piece together... I do hope that you cut holes enough to see yourself from where we sit and how strange that in your country, having a box on one's head can allow one to be so incredibly creative and gain perfect pictures. In NZ, we have so many with boxes on their heads who refuse to even be creative enough to cut their eye-holes... amazing, if they only knew that doing so could make the world a better place, as you have demonstrated with this work of beauty. Good to see you finding your path again my friend... are you sure the box wasn't needed to save you from the pigeons?? :) Thank you for the opportunity to experience all the love and commitment shining through between the lines... take care... PD
Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on February 22, 2013:
I commented on this last night, don't know what happened. Will try again. I love your photos, my favorite is the pigeons. Missed you...
Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on February 21, 2013:
Dear Sofs, I have missed you, but i can relate. I am at that stage now. I am tired of reading and writing. I love your beautiful collection of birds, my favorite, the pigeons. Thank you for sharing and take care my friend...
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 21, 2013:
It's hard to choose, but the Mynah appeals to me. I also love the gold of the Oriole. Glad you still have energy left for photography. Soon you'll be in full strength again. All the best. Voted Up.
Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on February 21, 2013:
So good to see your name appear in my inbox once more. Inspiration will return, just give it time.
Your photos are absolutely beautiful and perfect. Having to put a box over your head brought a smile but was well worth it.
I only wish I had such lovely birds visiting my garden.
Voting A, B & I
Tim Nichol from Me to You on February 21, 2013:
Nice to see you again, my friend. You're getting better and better with the camera. Not to mention the patience needed to sit and wait for these birds to perch in an ideal spot. Lovely birds, and lovely photos too. Congrats. :)
Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on February 21, 2013:
What a great hub, informative with beautiful pictures. Your backyard sounds like an incredible place. Jamie