— Graphic Reflections

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Birds and Animals

This graphic shows the area in which a kitten born in our house lived for a couple of months, before consuming a dead rat and dying. In her brief life, this was her ‘world’, the only world she saw or knew.

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speaking_treeCome October and a great many indistinct trees in the plains of India seem to start speaking! Warblers arrive from the hills and countries up north and set trees abuzz with their constant, muffled calls. One of the most common warblers to visit the plains of north India in winters is Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca, the call of which has been portrayed in this animated graphic. Lesser Whitethroats continuously move and hop around the trees they visit and while at it, utter their call incessantly. Listening to their soft calls in peaceful surroundings is an ethereal experience.

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This graphic attempts to plot ‘highways’ used by two animals: Squirrel (yellow) and Cat (orange) and one bird: Dove (blue), as observed from a terrace in the city of Jaipur, India. So busy and lively these animals and birds keep our surroundings; how wonderful!

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Come April and this Bougainvillea covered tree near our house would play host to some very special guests. Rosy Starlings (Sturnus roseus), birds that winter in India and go back to Eastern Europe in summer, pass through north and north west India on their way back to Europe. A few birds would stop by at this tree every year, entertain us with their constant ‘chatter’ and charm us with their beauty. So for a few days every year, this tree would take on the role of a Transit Lounge!

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