Ihtisham Kabir

December 4, 2021
December 4, 2021

Red Munia

The Red Munia entered my childhood through a story about the Creator painting birds after creating them. However, one fidgety bird has flown off before being painted and returns just when He finishes. There are a few drops of paint remaining with which He splatters this bird. And so this exquisite bird was created with spots of white sprinkled on red.

November 27, 2021
November 27, 2021

Primates of Bangladesh

On a summer morning several years ago I climbed up the watchtower in Satchori National Park looking for birds. In two hours I saw little.

November 13, 2021
November 13, 2021

Exercising Away Trouble

Many people exercise for fitness and good looks but I exercise to stay out of trouble.

November 6, 2021
November 6, 2021

Sun Days

The year was 1989. Right after I started working at Silicon Valley’s Sun Microsystems, I was at a dinner party. My friends were inquisitive about this high-flying company. I offered two observations: every other car in the parking lot was a Porsche, BMW or Mercedes; and every other (male) engineer had a ponytail.

October 30, 2021
October 30, 2021

They grow up so fast

Sometimes an ordinary event triggers an extraordinary flood of memory.

October 23, 2021
October 23, 2021

Amusing Bird Behaviour

Birds do funny things sometimes.

October 16, 2021
October 16, 2021

Parts of a Photograph

When we look at a photograph, our eyes latch on the main subject and zero in. Only then do we understand the photograph and respond to it emotionally.

October 9, 2021
October 9, 2021

Doves and Pigeons

My most memorable encounter with a dove took place in Kalenga forest in Habiganj. After a long unproductive day I was about to exit the forest. Ahead on the trail was a small bridge. From nowhere a green Emerald Dove descended on the bridge and puttered around, perhaps ten feet from me. Here was a gorgeous bird, normally elusive, so close to my camera. In a minute or two it turned a dismal day into a joyful one.

October 2, 2021
October 2, 2021

Madagascar’s Treasures

In Madagascar, nine out of ten species of flora and fauna are endemic. That is, they are found in Madagascar and nowhere else. When looking through photographs from a trip in 2017, I am vividly reminded of this fact.

September 25, 2021
September 25, 2021

Marsupials

Night was falling when we left our hotel in a small town in northern Queensland. By the time we reached the forest inside the adjacent national park it was dark.