Sultanpur National Park, a small nature reserve in the northern part of India, is an excellent place to observe several different species of local and migratory birds.
Painted Storks such as this one are one of the largest bird species found in the park. They can have wingspans as wide as five feet and can weigh up to 3.5 kilograms. Their bright orange heads and beaks make them easy to spot. While many storks are migratory, this particular species isn’t. Painted storks are mostly found in marshy wetlands across South Asia, and also in some places in Eastern Asia.
In this photograph, the pigeon in front appears to have three wings because of the perfect placement of the other pigeon behind it. At the moment when this photograph was taken, the two pigeons actually seemed to be fighting (or dancing). The edges of the wings appear slightly blurry because the pigeons were flapping them violently during their fight (or dance). The motion of the wings led them to appear blurry in the photograph.
(Entered in the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge “Motion“.)
Where I live, flocks of pigeons orbiting around buildings is a common sight. My building, which is one of the oldest buildings in the area, seems to be of particular attraction to the pigeons. Except the wee hours of morning, pigeons can be spotted at almost any time of day. The flurry of activity certainly intensifies at dawn and dusk, when the pigeons seem to be in some kind of hurry.
In this particular photograph, taken at dawn, a large flock of pigeons flies past the building neighbouring mine. The photograph relates to the theme “Early Bird” both symbolically (the photograph was taken early in the morning) and literally (the photograph contains ‘early’ birds).
(Submitted to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenges: ”
Morning” and “Early Bird“.)