Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Beautiful Birds of Pakistan - 7

Like the undersea marine life, the bids dominate the sky above us with their abode on trees and even marshland sand heavily vegetated areas. They in fact fill the sky with their presence and eye pleasing chirping sounds - except perhaps the crow which for some is less pleasing. 
Kestrel

Birds are as small as the Humming Birds with only a 5 centimeter presence or as large as the eagles which may have sizes up to 220 centimeters - but if you wish to include the Ostriches, the lesser birds as they cannot soar to the sky and have a small flights, then we are taking of birds as large as 2.75 meters.
Greater Egrets

I have been sharing birds as watched by a number of bird watchers in Pakistan - but mostly these are small birds which are very common to places near cities or in the fields. Today it is my seventh post based on spotting and shooting skills of Mirza Naim Baig, an avid bird watcher, nature lover and of course with a sharp eye to spot a bird and shoot it - not by his gun but his camera for us to admire the Nature and its man creations.



Kingfisher is a beautiful bird known for its longer beak and rather vivid colours despite its small size of 10 centimeters to maximum of 40+ centimeters. I love this bird and intend dedicating a separate post on it in days to come. For now here some beautiful kingfishers: 
 Common Kingfisher
 A pair of Pied Kingfishers
White breasted Kingfisher

Some other birds that adorn the skies and wetlands of Pakistan are:
  Common Teals (above) and Northern Shovelers (below) spotted in Lugh Lake
 Beautiful Swamp Hen with its unique blue and red colour combination (below)
 Pallid Harrier (above) and Marsh Harrier in flight (below)
  The long legged Pond Heron
The beautiful, unique and rare Yellow footed Green Pigeon

About the Bird Watcher and Photographer
Mirza Naim Baig is a freelancer member WWF who takes part inn the preservation of wildlife, beside being a wildlife tour operator. He is from Karachi and studied Bachelor of Arts at Edwards College, Peshawar and lives in Karachi. He is the owner of Dream Merchants.


His birding experiences and photos can be seen on FacebookAll photos above are the property of Mirza Naim Baig and have been shared here with his exclusive permission. In time more of his birding photos will be posted to share his hard work and love for these little flying birds.

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15 Real Facts of Coffee you must know before it vanishes

Coffee is one of the most favoured and most drank drink all over the globe. Its aromatic smell and strong taste takes away one's tiredness in seconds beside refreshing one's energies after a hard day's overload. But there are bad news in the air that coffee may not be available after a few decades as the temperature in areas where coffee beans are harvested are on the rise which will make it difficult harvest it any more.

If that happens, as has already been forewarned, millions of coffee lovers will go dry and perhaps the future generations may never know that there one existed a heavenly drink known as coffee.



However drinking coffee is one of the most controversial issue facing the researchers, doctors and coffee lovers. While the lovers are not prepared to leave this steamy strong flavoured drink, some researchers warn of its side effects while many advocate its strong health benefits. I too am an avid coffee lover, but owing to my sensitive stomach and high blood pressure, I drink it with extreme care in modest quantity - a cup a day and no more.

So do read the info graphic herein under that lists 15 Mesmerizing benefits of Coffee in case you are not a coffee lover and facts you must know before it is too late to start drinking coffee everyday before its fades away into the history.
The 15 Real Facts You Should Know About Coffee
Source: Words I Seek

However, drinking coffee comes with many health cautions beside health benefits. Those suffering from heart ailments, stomach disorders and some other diseases, should be careful in drinking excessive coffee. In fact one must read about coffee before drinking it in excess of of more than one or two cups a day.
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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Beautiful Birds of Pakistan - 6

This is my sixth post on beautiful birds as seen and photographed in Pakistan. And it is really heartening to see that more and more bird watchers are now sharing their experiences and beautifully shot photos of bird in Pakistan and sharing these on various groups on bird watching in social media. 

Mohsan Raza Ali is one of such bird lovers who shares his extensive shoots wherever he happens to be while traveling Pakistan. The photos being shared are those shot in the coital city Islamabad, the Margalla Hills and the Lake View Park near Islamabad and even Kahror Pakka in the Souther Punjab province of Pakistan where Mohsan shot the Black Drongo as seen in the caption photo and the five photos below:
 Blue Throat
 Indian Robbin male
 Indian Robbin female
Plain Prinia in yellow
White throated kingfisher
Common Kingfisher - Lake View Park Islamabad 

Kingfisher is one of may favourite birds for its vivid colours and extended peak which allows it to be recognized from long distance.
 Common babbler
Western Yellow Wagtail 

Common babbler and Western Yellow Wagtail are from the central Punjab province city of Muzaffargarh.



The birds in photos below are as seen in various parts of Pakistan's capital city Islamabad:
 Cinereous tit -Islamabad
 Crimson sun bird-Islamabad
 Long tailed shrike-Lake View Park-Islamabad
 Pied bush chat-Islamabad
 Red-billed Leiothrix-Margalla Hills
 -Rufous bellied Niltalva (female)-Margalla Hills
White throat fantail -Islamabad

About the Photographer:

Mohsan Raza Ali hails from city of Multan and is now settled in Islamabad. Besides his wonderful hobby of bird watching and photography, he is computer science graduate from Islamic University, Islamabad and has been a senior Software Engineer at Bentley Systems, Development Manager at Aspose, Development Manager at Data Focal Innovations and an Application Architect at LMKR.

All photos above are the property of Mohsan Raza Ali and have been shared with his due permission. His photos can be seen on Facebook | Caption Photos: Crimson Sunbird

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Beautiful Birds of Pakistan - 5

This is my fifth post on birds of Pakistan and may continue for many more posts in days to come for the birds are countless and there are numerous bird watchers who contribute their hobby on social media net work. Although, there are thousands and thousands of species of these beautiful birds, I am for the time being only restricting my posts to birds found and spotted in Pakistan.

Birds like flowers are always eye catching for their wonderful colours and attractive features  beautifully found and captured on camera by the bird watchers - perhaps a great tribute by these people to admire nature.

The Brahminy kite , or the Haliastur indus, as shown above is a majestic bird found in the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia. In Australia is known as the red-backed sea-eagle. This medium-sized bird of prey falls in the Accipitridae family, which also includes many other diurnal raptors, such as eagles, buzzards, and harriers. The Brahminy kite above was sighted in Karachi.
 Asian Paradise Flycatcher (male)
 Black Bulbul - Azad Kashmir
 Blue Capped Stone Trush- Margalla Hills, Islamabad
 Common Kingfisher - AS seen in Rawalpindi/Islamabad
 Common Teals (above) and Gadwall sighted in Larkana, Sind Province
The gadwall, a bird of open wetlands, is a common and widespread dabbling duck in the family Anatidae. Male gadwalls are intricately patterned with gray, brown, and black; females resemble female Mallards. The gadwall breeds in the northern areas of Europe and Asia, and central North America.



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 European Roller
 Greater Spotted Eagle as spotted in Tando Mohammad Khan, Sind Province

Greater Spotted Eagle is classified as vulnerable to extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). As of 2000, the world population of this eagle was estimated at less than 4,000 breeding pairs. The primary threats are habit degradation and habitat loss, as well as human disturbance during the mating season.
 Indian Robin male
Indian Roller are found widely across tropical Asia from Iraq eastward across the Indian Subcontinent to Indochina and are best known for the aerobatic displays of the male during the breeding season. 
Jacobin Cuckoo, pied cuckoo, or pied crested cuckoo is a member of the cuckoo order of birds that is found in Africa and Asia.
 Oriental Magpie Robin found in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir
 Plum Headed Parakeet spotted in the Margalla Hills, Islamabad
 Scaly Breasted Munia or spotted munia is a sparrow-sized estrildid finch native to tropical Asia
 Beautiful spotted dove - The spotted dove is a small and somewhat long-tailed pigeon that is a common resident breeding bird across its native range on the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia.
Yellow Throated Sparrow spotted in Rawalpindi

Yellow Throated Sparrow is found in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, dry savanna, and subtropical or tropical dry shrub land.

About the Bird Watcher and Photographer
Mirza Naim Baig is a freelancer member WWF who takes part inn the preservation of wildlife, beside being a wildlife tour operator. He is from Karachi and studied Bachelor of Arts at Edwards College, Peshawar and lives in Karachi. He is the owner of Dream Merchants.

His birding experiences and photos can be seen on FacebookAll photos above are the property of Mirza Naim Baig and have been shared here with his exclusive permission. In time more of his birding photos will be posted to share his hard work and love for these little flying birds.

References/Bird history and details: Wikipedia
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