Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Spotted Dove

I caught the playful courtship of a pair of Spotted Doves, on the beach of Nusa Dua Bali. Both the birds walked around the sand, with one of them taking to the air intermittently and landing beside the other.. one of them was following the other, and i thought that was the male. But later, the pattern changed and the follower became the celebrity! Their necks were making very elegant movements, and this really caught my eye - later, i learnt that it is hard to tell the sexes in adults, as both have very similar plumage.  For more details, visit here.

Rising from a cloudy bed

While on vacation to Bali, we did the night trek to reach the summit of Mt.Batur, near Penelokan. The whole climb was during the late night - in the dark. We just had torch to guide us and the clouds were thick. We had reached the top in time for the sunrise, but I was skeptical about the clouds - will they give us the opportunity to view the spectacle?
But just then, the skies cleared and the sun shone unabashed from its bed of clouds.  We even caught a view of Mount Rinjani and Mount Agung.