City Wildlife #8

After five months at home, today I finally went to school. To catch up the lost time, we had to learn eight hours instead of the usual six. It did not make things better when each teacher informed us that we were the oldest grade in the school. Man, now I feel grown up.

Our time alternated between reaction rates for chemistry, geometrical optics for physics, differentiation for maths and listening to a friend narrate Bong Joon Ho's Parasite to the entire class, and the subsequent 'deep talks' about poverty and inequality. When mathematics students decide to turn philosophical, debates last long. Besides, it was the first time we were meeting after five months.

Plus, I discovered something: if there's anything more uncomfortable than wearing a mask for eight hours, it's wearing one out in the hot sun when you're walking a kilometer. But life has to go on...



CITY WILDLIFE #8

Subject: Yellow Billed Babbler (Turdoides affinis taprobanus)
Location: Colombo

 

These grey-brown birds are called 'demalichcha' in Sinhala, and are easily one of the most recognisable birds anywhere in the country (although I had a friend who called them spotted doves). They usually travel in flocks to forage in urban or village gardens alike, calling in loud trills and squeaks. 

 

A flock would irregularly turn up in our garden. Although they aren't shy birds - they'd let you get within a meter's distance - they are surprisingly hard to photograph because they never stay still, always hopping here and there on the ground.

But if anything ever disturbs them, they raise a cry as one and fly away swiftly.

  

Oh, boy. This one's in trouble. *time to take the cat inside*

 

Comments

  1. ...Jonny, your cat is giving the birds the eye!

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  2. Hello Jonny! Great captures and beautiful bird!
    Your cat is so cute! Great close up!
    Dimi...

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  3. Hari OM
    Our kids are not back at school yet - such a mess this year... Nature has a way of helping us to refocus though, don't you think? I loved learning about this bird. YAM xx

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  4. Five months is a long time to be away from your studies. However, you weren’t the only one who missed that time. You are in the deep end now though, much will be expected of you.

    Stick with it and have faith in yourself. You can do it.

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  5. Enjoy those long, philosophical debates - you'll never have such meaningful discussions again as adults always get embarrassed about putting forward their opinions, for the fear of being wrong. Demalichcha are new to me; I wouldn't even know which family of birds to assign them to. Good luck with catching up with your studies.

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    1. Thanks for your comment, John! I certainly do have a lot to catch up!

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  6. Good morning Jonny: It is good that you are back at school and I hope it is safe to be there. I can sympathize with having to wear a mask for hours on end. One thing they are not is comfortable.

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    1. I think going to school is safe, for there are a LOT of precautions like having our temperature checked, washing our hands at the entrance and having new taps right outside our classrooms. And yes, we have to wear the mask as well.

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  7. Good after noon from Norway!Interesting discussion about The Parasite.Iwant to see that movie.I think it is good for you now to be back in school.Learn much!Take a good education!I alsolove the dove..I have never seen a spotted dove before..if it had come here to Norway we all had run out of our houses to look and take photoes..Well I quess it would be the same to you if you see an icebear in the streets hah hah..Good kitty cat!I love cats specially the white ones..in fact I am looking for onelitte kitty right now I love them puuring!Ok wish you all good and say hello to your dear ones..We all love your blog.Thanx for sharing.Greetings Anita

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    1. Hi Anita, thanks for your comment! I love cats (our one purrs really loudly!)

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