Wonder what Yogi Pullavar would say!
I saw a family of Red-naped Ibis cranes in Rajapalayam during my last visit there. I was certain that these birds had taken refuge in this small town by way of a respite from their hundreds of thousands of miles of migration between strange lands.It came as a surprise that these birds are indeed common to South India. Never seen one before. Took some time to track down the species – visual search on the internet is still not there yet. Finally stumbled upon a useful site in the form of birding.in.
The cranes were mostly perched on the tallest of branches and were best in view when they were atop one of the many coconut trees. With a simple point and shoot camera, I was only able to get the frustrating pixelated blurry zoom shots. On the day I left the place, however, I was on the terrace and noticed one on a tree and this is the best shot I could get during the entire trip. I’ve added a better picture of the crane from birding.in.
The pseudibis papillosa has a very unique howl like call. Certainly not a song bird!
BirdLife International (2008) Species factsheet: Pseudibis papillosa. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 9/3/2009
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Man on Wire: The ‘height’ of mischief. This was a lovely narrative and Philippe Petit’s stunt during the Oscars was a good motivator to check this out.
Out of Africa: Meryl Streep is truly an actress of a thousand accents. Despite the anticipation the shot among the flamingoes was not a let down. It was like reading a classic on those bygone lazy summer days.
Dog Day Afternoon: Strictly okay – not sure why it was deemed a classic.
The Corpse Bride: Tim Burton and Johnny Depp – quirky partnership in an animated musical of the macabre. Loved it.
Meet the Robinsons: Disney animations are not what it used to be.
Broken Flowers: Dull. Nothing like ‘Lost in Translation’. Tilda Swinton was a surprise.
Cashback: Quirky fantasy movie about an insomniac. If only insomnia had such delightful side effects.
Surf’s up: My third animated movie of the month – truly waking up the inner child this month.
Kismat Konnection: Juhi Chawla was the stand-out actor in an otherwise average feel-good movie.
Three days of the Condor: Cerebral spy movie – sign me up. The last couple of scenes were chilling in their clear prediction of the world’s dependency on oil. This movie will not be out of place even if it were released today.
At the movies
Naan Kadavul – check out my disturbed account here
Movie of the month: Out of Africa