Ihtisham Kabir

May 22, 2021
May 22, 2021

House Sparrow

While we may not give them a second look, sparrows have distinguished lineage. They lend their name, Passer, to the order Passerines, which comprises more than half of the world’s bird species....

May 1, 2021
May 1, 2021

Streets of San Francisco

In 1983, upon completing my engineering education in the United States, I took a software engineering job in California’s Silicon Valley.

April 24, 2021
April 24, 2021

Crested Serpent Eagle

I was walking downhill along a narrow plantation trail in Moulvi Bazar when my eyes caught movement in the Kodom tree abutting a pond at the end of the trail.

April 17, 2021
April 17, 2021

Our Deer

Four species of deer are found in Bangladesh: spotted deer, barking deer, sambar deer and hog deer.

April 10, 2021
April 10, 2021

Bazas of the World

In late 2019, while visiting Bandarban with friends, I saw a medium sized brown bird perched on a distant tree. It looked like a bird of prey. After looking through my binoculars for a few seconds,...

April 3, 2021
April 3, 2021

My Photography Teachers

I thought I knew everything I needed to know about photography. Then I found myself in a photography workshop taught by Sam Abell. That week ten years ago changed my photographic life.

March 27, 2021
March 27, 2021

Pallas’s Fish Eagle

One day, I was looking for birds in Hail Haor, a low-lying wetland near Moulvi Bazar where monsoon rain accumulates in large saucer-shaped depressions creating beels and fishponds.

March 20, 2021
March 20, 2021

Mr. and Mrs. Gould

I became interested in the work of the Goulds after noticing that two of the prettiest birds I have seen bear that name. John Gould (1804-1881) was an English ornithologist and author. His wife...

March 13, 2021
March 13, 2021

Shikra

Shikra is a bird of prey found all over Bangladesh in forests, village groves, orchards and tea gardens. It is a handsome bird, the size of a large pigeon, with a fine bluish-grey back.

March 6, 2021
March 6, 2021

What’s in a (Scientific) Name?

In 1758, the Swedish scientist Carl Linnaeus introduced a naming system for living organisms.