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Quality Time With Her

There's time, and there's quality time. Time, on its own, flows like a river, sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. But regardless, it goes by, never to return. Quality time, on the other hand, is like a lake that is filled with deep, still water. It speaks to your soul, and leaves you with some lasting memories. It builds all parties involved. Quality time is guaranteed to enrich and uplift, whether you're spending it with another human, your own self (very important), a vista, or an animal. Or like I did here - spending quality time with one of the smallest birds in the world. Everyone knows...

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Honey, Honey, Honey!

There is absolutely no question about it. Yeah, enough with the every creature is beautiful in its own right - if we're talking about birds, the most striking and oftentimes the most memorable - are the brilliantly coloured Honeycreepers. Cousins of the well-known Tanager clan, they may not be as popular, but they are by no means less beautiful. Here in T&T, we have three species - Green, Purple and Red-legged Honeycreepers. A few weekends ago, we were fortunate to bag all three in a single mission. Rumbling along the Arima-Blanchisseuse Road, keeping an eye out for oncoming vehicles,...

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#tbt to that time when…

I recently did a throwback Thursday post on my Facebook page and figured that I should give it another go. Although the images that appear here aren't from 20+ years ago as my first post, they are from one of my fondest memories as a photographer. Four years ago I flew up to New Jersey to photograph wintering birds (yeah, these birds winter in the winter) on a workshop hosted by world renowned avian photographer and educator Arthur Morris. To this day, he remains as one of the very best in the business. Do take a minute (hour) or two to browse his amazing work here. 95% of what I know as a bird...

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The Three Thrushes of That Thick Tree Over There

Say, if you had to thumb through the three thrushes of that thick tree over there, which would come up trump? Would it be the pensive Cocoa Thrush?             Or the faraway-focussed White-necked Thrush?             Perhaps the bold eyes of the Spectacled Thrush have got you?             And yes, all three thrushes were photographed in the same tree, a powder puff (which is a beautiful local tree to have in your yard by the way, and birds,...

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I Never Thought I’d Say This, But…

Could the words "green" and "pommerac" go together, within a single sentence, and have a positive meaning? Before I get into that, I just googled "pommerac" and found out that that word stems from pomme Malac, which is French for "Malayan apple" - as it is actually native to Malaysia. I always thought it was native to T&T, as our avifauna seems to never be able to get enough of it. I guess they eventually learn to adapt and recognize that which is edible (and tasty), just as they have also done with the Mango. Anyway, a fruiting pommerac tree I observed some time ago seemed to have a resident...

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Black + White = Grey

Continuing from my previous posting that outlined the depth of black, I'm sharing with you some images of birds that aren't all black. The most commonly mixed colour with black is well, white. (I'm saying this while using a mousepad that has a Golden-headed Manakin on it) There's something about black on white, or white on black - whichever way you see it - that conveys elegance, sophistication and class. Aside from that, sometimes a splash of white can be the defining point of identification of a species. An extremely brief view of a black bird swooping into an adjoining valley only makes it onto...

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Choose Your Background Wisely

It's also called perspective I believe. Something rather philosophical can be included in this post. But, take it how you will. I made all of these images in a suburban area, with lots of buildings around. It's a good exercise to put oneself in a not-so-ideal situation, and see what can come out of it. The sky is perhaps the best (and easiest) option.             Even houses may not be such an eyesore for a natural looking image, you'd just want to avoid any straight edges that are tell-tale human creations. I converted this in black and white...

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Take Me to Outer Space

Over the weekend, a nighttime stroll in the forests of the Northern Range revealed a previously hidden, alien world - to us at least. We're all aliens somewhere else, right? I've maintained over the years that once you look through a macro lens, you will never see things the same way again. For starters, even on a quiet night (as it was on Saturday night) close inspection of any microcosm within the forest encourages nature to raise her curtains. Slowly, things begin to take shape. Odd shapes I must say, but shapes nonetheless. What seems to be a disc with eight legs is actually a Harvestman....

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Butterfly Garden

Butterflies are still very much a grey area for me, there is a staggering degree of diversity within our country alone. Might be hypocritical of me to say that the differences are too subtle for one to perceive easily, but scientists have been discovering new species even in recent times. Which is testament to how difficult these little ones are to identify and classify! For a complete novice like me, the easy ones are the obvious ones, a flash of brilliant blue can only mean one thing.           I had only previously seen this Blue Morpho (also known...

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Gore Obsessed

We know animals eat, some eat plants and some eat other animals. To witness predation however - no matter how small or large the scale - is always a fascinating few seconds. You're witnessing life being snuffed out (sometimes rather cruelly) to provide life for another creature. Over the carnival weekend I was making attempts to photograph Black-crested Antshrikes at a known hotspot for these odd looking birds, but luck was not kind to me that day. Although close by, they never ventured out into the open. It was almost as if they knew how the image would look through my viewfinder, and they just...

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