July 10th, 2010


The Youngest Birder

It was a delightful suprise to this clicker

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when DnA asked me if they could take KTB (Kavya-the-Biddles) birding to Valley School...so off we went this morning! At the age of 1 year and 2 months, she is definitely the youngest birdwatcher I know.

Here's the family, all ready to start birding:

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We were, quite literally, up with the lark...at least, this


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So, though the need for KTB's breakfast, and the increasing heat, cut our birding trip short, it was a most enjoyable one, and here are DnAnK, posing for us....

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Three cheers for the youngest birder I know!

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Bird List:

Babbler, Yellow-billed
Barbet, Coppersmith
Barbet, White-cheeked
Bee-Eater, Small Green
Bulbul, Red-whiskered
Bushlark, Indian
Buzzard, Oriental Honey
Fantail, White-browed
Flowerpecker, Pale-billed
Flycatcher, Asian Paradise (Rufous male)
Kingfisher, White-throated
Malkoha, Blue-faced
Moorhen, Common
Munia, Scaly-breasted
Mynah, Common
Parakeet, Rose-ringed
Pigeon, Blue Rock
Prinia, Ashy
Robin,Oriental Magpie
Sunbird, Purple
Sunbird, Purple-rumped
Swallow, Red-rumped
Tailorbird, Common

Not bad for less than 2 hours!

KTB id'd EVERY bird correctly... whenever she saw a bird, she said "bubbuh", which means bird, and you can't get more correct than that!

Ear-Piercing...the Update

I'd posted about our

ear-piercing dilemma

and the update is as follows:

Two days ago, I brought the neighbourhood jeweller home. He did not have a stud, only the sharpened wire for the ear-ring, and so DnA did not feel comfortable about it, and he took his leave.

I looked up the old photograph I had made of the "painless ear-piercing done here" and we contacted the doctor, who gave an appointment, yesterday, at 7.30pm. This suited us fine as KTB had finished her dinner and was ready to sleep.

She took a great fear and aversion to having her ears touched (he had to mark the spots on both earlobes) and screAMED her head off. But once that was done, the "gunshots" took less than a minute. She calmed down immediately, and went to sleep. The doc prescribed an antiseptic ointment to be used on her earlobes for the next two days.

But... she's not once touched her ears yet, and does not seem to be in any distress from the procedure, which cost us Rs.400, inclusive of the gold-coated surgical stainless steel ear-studs.

Here she is now:

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And I think she looks even cuter!