A couple of months back, I spotted a white-throated kingfisher (WTKF) perching on a dry branch above the water. It was my first encounter with this bird and I fell instantly in love with it. I tried to walk close to the fence, which surrounds the lake, praying to god to let me get closer and capture a sharp picture. The praying helped a bit but I wasn’t disappointed. For a first attempt, I felt it was ok and that I will get a better chance next time and I did.
Yesterday, at 8 a.m., I left home for the local botanical garden near my home. There are many species of large and small birds here. Some of these birds are familiar to me but the majority of them are always a discovery. After three years of studying this area, I went to a spot where I had seen a WTKF once. From a distance, I scanned the branches and found this focused little KF. As I went close, I took a single snap before it flew to another spot behind the bamboo tree. That’s when I suddenly felt dismayed. Still, it didn’t deter my will. I stood in the same place silently for more than an hour till I saw it emerge from somewhere low to the other side of the bamboo tree. Like a cat on a mission, I walked in slow motion, without making any noise to a point where I was in line with this blue beauty. After clicking a couple of images, I noticed that a snake was basking itself on the bamboo and was keenly watching my antics in patience. That was real surprise. I took three shots of the camera-shy snake before it slithered under the shadows of the tree while I moved back away, far away.
Note: This post is my second response to this weeks WPC: Lines
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