Celebrated valentine’s day with nature

By Aaryan Bhalla

If you truly love nature, it also loves us. So, come see how I and my mom .

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”

Happy valentine’s day to everyone. My dad and my elder brother were not at home. They were out of the station, as they had to attend a wedding in . Mom and I were at home, and it was Sunday. So, I took advantage and requested mom to let me take along on an outing to visit somewhere in Chandigarh. Mom suggested going to .

DECAMO monocular telescope

I bought a Monocular telescope too for better birdwatching which has a unique zoom. So, I also had time and got a chance to use it and try it. We went, and I picked up my monocular and Nikon camera as photographs of birds can only be clicked by it as the mobile’s camera doesn’t have a nice megapixel and resolution. However, I have a camera. It is old and handled year by year. But, it is said that . It captures better images than the phone’s camera as the lens is good till now. See how many beautiful memories it captured that day.

NIKON COOLPIX S3100 — PTP camera

The Rose Garden is a very famous tourist spot. It is not only a place of beautiful roses or a place to relax with family and it is spread over 30 acres (120,000 m2) of land, with 50,000 rose bushes of 1600 different species. But it's also home to various birds. It is also a birding hotspot. Mom and I went to enjoy Sunday birding.

Jungle Babbler and Indian Mynaa’s

The first birds on which we glanced were and They were giving posses again and again like a model. So, I captured them to keep their intention. Don't mind angry birds.

As we already know, they are very common garden birds. They were found in large amounts there. I also saw for the first time. But couldn't capture them.

A and an also wanted to be clicked, then why did I leave them.

Black-rumped flame back woodpecker

Black-rumped flame back woodpecker

Then, abruptly, our sight went on, this bird having yellow plumage with a nice red-crowned head. The first time I saw this beautiful bird in my life, I captured it, which is named Black-rumped flame back woodpecker, also known as a

Black Kites

Many were flying in the sky. There was a small stream flowing through the garden where all the Kites were enjoying the water and were taking the Bath. One of them saw me and gave a nice poss towards the lens of the camera…. scared… and flew away by taking a flight through with its 30cm long feathers.

See how beautiful they look while taking the flights.

Clicking the photographs of Parakeets
Rose ringed parakeets

Kura Kura….kutroo….kutroo.. calls were very common listening in the garden. But, unable to see it. Suddenly when we saw it !… it flew away. What we want is not found many times.

White-Throated Kingfisher

White-Breasted Kingfisher clicks at Rose garden

As we walked through the footpaths. We came to the center of the garden and saw a beautiful white-throatedand I ran quickly before it flew just like a barbet This time I had the camera, so this was a nice capture. I initially saw this bird on the Sukhna nature trail. But, that time the photo was not clear and very poor as the phone clicked it. This time I tried to click a marvelous photo. See how the bird is showing its whitethroat.

White wagtails

White wagtails enjoying the sunbathe

After a nice capture of the kingfisher, we saw 4 white wagtails dancing their tails up and down.

I (Boy) was wearing a red sweater between red roses.

Roses were not very attractive, maybe care was not done. So, after birding, we went to see the famous underpass as they had made a nice and a long underpass by the government the previous month connecting the rose garden and sector 16-sector 17 Chandigarh.

Chandigarh Govt created the 132M long underground underpass.

As we were near to my (Mamu’s) Uncle’s house. We met him at sector 24B Chandigarh. Several birds were also there at which I. People were seeing me while I was birding alone and were taking an interest in what I was watching. That’s how people take an interest.

We could not capture the Barbet in the Rose garden. But, as we know, those who try never to give up and I fulfilled my desire. I finally! captured it.

Himalayan bulbul

The stylish Himalayan Bulbul acted like a model, showing off its curved pony and yellow vents.

It is difficult to see in Chandigarh whereas than them, to see them we may need to go to Himachal or Himalayas. But, it was a miracle that I saw this beautiful in flocks just outside my uncle's house roaming and calling in a lemon tree.

Asian brown flycatcher

Asian Brown Flycatcher

An also came to say hello while I was capturing it. The flights of these birds are fascinating as the size is also small. We were confused by the, which was the regarded by us, which we saw for the first time in sector 24 Chandigarh.

Black Redstart female

Black Redstart (Female) from sector 24B, Chandigarh

I got confused by getting the name of this bird. This time also failed and didn't answer. Facebook helped me and I came to know that it was a Black redstart But, a female whereas I have seen black redstart but, male not female yet.

The issue is that are usually the colorful sex because are likely to be in short supply because of the in and chick-rearing. must thus compete for the chance to mate with them. Such as , , and can be easily differentiated into their . Although , and can’t be easily differentiated.

A squirrel enjoying a fruit nut from a tree at sector 24B, Chandigarh

Before ending, I would like to differentiate between the two words- andmeans it is for fun which most people do and , by using high megapixel and resolution cameras, proper camouflage. I mean to say that whereas, (professionals) It may be confusable, however, that's the only truth.

Clockwise: Black-rumped flame back woodpecker, black kite, black redstart (female), Himalayan Bulbul, White-throated kingfisher, and Brown-headed Barbet.

I’ll never forget this fantastic birding with my mom. May God give me a chance again and again. I also had , , and. But, couldn’t pick up them this time. No problem dear birdies you’ll get the chance next time. So, I want to thank everyone who gave us their precious time. Thanks for Reading!! Be happy and safe.

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