Early Morning Photo-walks with Friends

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Salt Lake City is beautiful. It has all the aspects of a city, but it’s greener than an average city in India and has beautiful parks located within each block. There is a central location in Salt Lake City – the Kournamayee Housing Complex. Near Kournamayee is located a Central park – Banabitan. It is the property of the Forest Department of India, and is home to a variety of birds, butterflies, trees, and an ideal location for morning walkers. Several people fish. Small groups of people exercise.

        A few weeks back, I went to Banabitan with a brother of mine (my father’s friend’s son), and a few days back, I went there with a school friend, for taking photographs.

He is four years younger than me, and we share various interests.
My brother’s name is Srijan. He is one of the jolliest persons I know. Four years younger than me, we share various interests, and talk for hours when we meet.
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My friend – Arnab – he’s my first school friend. He is one of my few friends with whom I share a lot. We think alike. It was wonderful meeting him after almost two months!

        Both have keen interests in photography.

In this blog post, I’ll show you what we saw…

First, let me give you a rough idea about Banabitan

There is a central water body throughout the whole park.  And on each side, numerous trees cover the compound. Under the trees present on the banks of the water body are pathways.

A pathway under a series of trees on one bank
Sitting by the 'river'
Sitting by the ‘river’
Across the central water-body
Across the central water-body
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Greenery literally fills the area
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Even inside the park, away from the water body, are pathways, and beautiful ones 🙂
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Early in the morning, the sun is mild and it peeps through the tiny canopies

Banabitan is filled with various organisms!
This swift little person is seen by everyone in Central Park:

The Five Striped Palm Squirrel
The Five Striped Palm Squirrel

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Banabitan is home to various types of birds. It took us two days to capture only a small variety.

Cattle Egret - a graceful bird
A Cattle Egret
Common Myna - one of the most common sights in the city
Common Myna – One of the most common sights in the city
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And the Myna’s bathing
Black Drongo
Black Drongo

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Coppersmith Barbet - was perched up on a high tree
Coppersmith Barbet – Was perched up on a high tree
Woodpecker
Common Hoopoe
Parrot
Parrot
Devouring a red flower
Devouring a red flower
Kingfisher
Small Blue Kingfisher

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And there are the tiny beings that make the place even more beautiful…

Common Mormon
Common Mormon

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Plain Tiger
Plain Tiger
Green Marsh Hawk
Green Marsh Hawk

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Finally, my favourite animal…

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Motherly love
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He roamed around me for quite some time
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Inspecting the unknown person in front of him

These were two mornings well spent. The temperature was mild, and it was pleasant to walk around, talk and take photos.

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Arnab took this

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My friend, Agnij, provided the names of most of the birds and butterflies that are here. Check out his blog here: Agnij Sur Photography And his photography page on Facebook: Captured World With My Lens
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2 thoughts on “Early Morning Photo-walks with Friends

  1. Good… But I think it’s not up to the mark. Include your experience, not just photographs. Draw a picture with words first.
    And FYI, your woodpecker is a Common Hoopoe (Hudhud in Israel, Mohonchura in Bengali, Upupa epops)
    And the kingfisher is Common Kingfisher or Small Blue Kingfisher.

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