Birds of Sri Lanka: Centropus sinensis

Centropus sinensis (Ati Kukula/ Greater Coucal/ Southern Coucal / Common Coucal)

Centropus sinensis

The greater coucal or crow pheasant (Centropus sinensis), is a large non-parasitic member of the cuckoo order of birds, the Cuculiformes. A widespread resident in Asia, from India, east to south China, Nepal and Indonesia, it is divided into several subspecies, some being treated as full species. They are large, crow-like with a long tail and coppery brown wings and found in wide range of habitats from jungle to cultivation and urban gardens. They are weak fliers, and are often seen clambering about in vegetation or walking on the ground as they forage for insects, eggs and nestlings of other birds. They have a familiar deep resonant call which is associated with omens in many parts of its range. (Source: Wikipedia)

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1/640 Sec at f /6.3
500 mm, ISO 400

 

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Birds of Sri Lanka: Oriolus xanthornus

Oriolus xanthornus (Kaha Kurulla/ The black-hooded oriole)

Oriolus xanthornus

 

The black-hooded oriole (Oriolus xanthornus) is a member of the oriole family of passerine birds and is a resident breeder in tropical southern Asia from India and Sri Lanka east to Indonesia. It is a bird of open woodland and cultivation. The nest is built in a tree, and contains two eggs. Its food is insects and fruit, especially figs, found in the tree canopies where they spend much of their time. The male is striking, with the typical oriole black and yellow colouration. The plumage is predominantly yellow, with a solid black hood, and black also in the wings and tail centre. The female black-hooded oriole is a drabber bird with greenish underparts, but still has the black hood. Young birds are like the female, but have dark streaking on the underparts, and their hood is not solidly black, especially on the throat. The black head of this species is an obvious distinction from Indian golden oriole, Oriolus kundoo, which is a summer visitor to northern India. Orioles can be shy, and even the male may be difficult to see in the dappled yellow and green leaves of the canopy. The black-hooded oriole’s flight is somewhat like a thrush, strong and direct with some shallow dips over longer distances. (Source: Wikipedia)

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Birds of Sri Lanka: Terpsiphone paradisi

 Terpsiphone paradisi (Sivuru Hora/ Indian paradise flycatcher)

Terpsiphone paradisi

Indian paradise flycatcher

 

 

The Indian paradise flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi) is a medium-sized passerine bird native to Asia that is widely distributed. As the global population is considered stable, it has been listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List since 2004. It is native to the Indian subcontinent, Central Asia and Myanmar.

Males have elongated central tail feathers, and a black and rufous plumage in some populations, while others have white plumage. Females are short-tailed with rufous wings and a black head. Indian paradise flycatchers feed on insects, which they capture in the air often below a densely canopied tree.  (Source: Wikipedia)

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Birds of Sri Lanka : Pitta brachyura

Pitta brachyura (Avichchiya/Indian pitta)

Indian pitta

Pitta brachyura

The Indian pitta (Pitta brachyura) is a passerine bird native to the Indian subcontinent. It inhabits scrub jungle, deciduous and dense evergreen forest. Breeding in the forests of the Himalayas, hills of central and western India, they migrate to other parts of the peninsula in winter. Although very colourful, they are usually shy and hidden in the undergrowth where they hop and pick insects on the forest floor. They have a distinctive two note whistling call which may be heard at dawn and dusk.It is considered Least Concern by IUCN as its range is very large.    (Source: Wikipedia)

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Fire and Ice

Fire and Ice

 

fire and ice

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
Fire and Ice by Robert Frost

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In This Short Life

In This Short Life

In this short life

In this short Life
That only lasts an hour
How much — how little — is
Within our power

Emily Dickinson

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Not to be anywhere

Not to be anywhere

Not to be anywhere

 

“The mind blanks at the glare. Not in remorse
— The good not done, the love not given, time
Torn off unused — nor wretchedly because
An only life can take so long to climb
Clear of its wrong beginnings, and may never;
But at the total emptiness for ever,
The sure extinction that we travel to
And shall be lost in always. Not to be here,
Not to be anywhere,
And soon; nothing more terrible, nothing more true.”

Aubade by E. E. Cummings

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Grey Langur

Grey Langur (Semnopithecus dussumieri)

Grey Langur

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Path

Path

Path

Today, wrapped in a double cloak,
my head shaven,
having wandered for alms,
I sit at the foot of a tree
and attain the state of no-thought.
All ties — human & divine — have been cut.
Having cast off all effluents,
cooled am I, unbound.

 Vimala: The Former Courtesan (Theri Gatha)

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Eternal Flame

Eternal Flame

Eternal Flame

We are fires
of the eternal flame
burning bright
from one life to the next

Eternal Flame by Dave Alan Walker

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