The Sunbird

Few years back, I remember making fun of my cousin who mistakenly told us about attending this event of “Bird Watching”, organized by ASG (Asian Study group), in Rawal Lake. The idea of sitting silently on a boat watching birds sounded hugely crazy. But now that I think of it, doesn’t seem even odd. When you are silently surrounded by nature, the nature speaks to you. (noops I haven’t recently picked any of Paulo Coelho’s book ;-))

Islamabad’s home to beautiful species of birds and thanks God we are not chirra-eaters like Gujranwala people *_* (no offense). Margala hills itself is abode to many rare-sighted birds.

I confess being part of killing a Blue Finch once, during a air-rifle shooting practice. But I’ve never ever seen this Sunbird, so royal in its colors, in Islamabad ever. Glad that the photographer managed to shoot it. Beautifully camouflaged as well.

Red Sunbird, originally uploaded by Suh@il << Busy & Away >>.

Do you have an eye for nature?

Image Courtesy: Suhail on Flickr

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7 Comments so far

  1. Talha Masood (thandak) on March 25th, 2009 @ 1:30 pm



  2. A for [pine]Apple (asmamirza) on March 25th, 2009 @ 1:48 pm


  3. crazymonkey on March 25th, 2009 @ 5:33 pm

    Asma, if you ever eat a chira, you will never eat murgee again. It is "finger lickin’ good"!

  4. crazymonkey on March 25th, 2009 @ 5:36 pm

    BTW, I share your enthusiasm for birdy slaughter. I once pushed a nest containing four pigeon babies out of the 3rd floor window a long time ago when I was a little monkey.

    This Asian Study Group thingy seems to be quite active in Islamabad. Wonder what else they keep themselves busy with.

  5. TNT (ifti) on March 25th, 2009 @ 10:41 pm

    i once bought an air gun, just for the sole purpose of hunting birds, but i never got a chance to shoot one, although i tested it on a crow, but the gun wasn’t zeroed then and the lucky one got away. ..
    the picture is awesome but reminds me of that add. on PTV, which says "Shoot with camera not with gun".

  6. Hasan Mubarak (hasanmubarak) on March 25th, 2009 @ 11:23 pm

    @Asma! You KILLED a bird!! :|

  7. kabirdas on March 27th, 2009 @ 6:27 pm

    This is what Islamabad is all about.

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