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Book Review: On Philosophising, Philosophers, Philosophy and New Vistas in Applied Philosophy, by Dr. Sharmila Jayant Virkar

A little bit of context before you begin reading this book review. I have recently enrolled for an MA in Philosophy at the University of Mumbai. Philosophy is something I have been getting interested in, over the past few years, as those of you who have been reading my blogs and Instagram posts would know. During the pandemic, I thought long and hard about what I wanted to do next, and this is what I eventually came up with. It has been a challenge, getting back into academics as a student at this age, especially in a subject I have no academic background in. However, it has also been very exciting, especially thanks to my wonderful classmates (who, surprisingly, are of all age-groups, including some quite near my own) and my teachers, who have been very supportive and understanding. How well I will do is something that remains to be seen, but so far, I am enjoying this new journey and look forward to where it leads. Now that you know the background , you probably get an idea of how

About Weavers and Munias,Lapwings and Robins.... Other birds at Morachi Chincholi

While peacocks did grab the eyeballs on our trip to Morachi Chincholi, there were plenty of other birds around as well. A tree near us was full of birds we thought were sparrows - till a yellow pair joined the lot! I tried to grab a pic, and only when I took a closer look did I realise that the other small birds werent sparrows at all, but some other small birds.....


A look at the bird book made me think that the yellow one was a Baya Weaver, but I had no clue to the others. Finally I decided to ask for expert opinion, and asked a friend, who pointed out that there wasn't just  a male baya weaver in the pic, but also a female (which I hadn't noticed), and that the other small birds were Indian Silverbills, also called White-throated Munias. Thanks so much, Adesh, for the identification!
How many of you noticed the female weaver bird to the left of the group?

It wasn't really surprising to see these birds, considering what we saw in an old, disused well on the farm -


So many weaver bird nests in one place!  I don't know enough about these birds to tell you if these nests are old or being used, but they did look old, and there weren't any birds around..... so I guess these are abandoned ones....

Here's one up close....


How beautifully made, isn't it??

We also saw a couple of Lapwings on the fields, vying with the peacocks for our attention.....

Here's one


It looks like a Yellow Wattled Lapwing, from the pic in the bird book. But can anyone confirm this?

Here are a pair of robins - most probably Indian Robins.... There were so many of these around, but these were the only decent ones I could manage....




Here is another bird - no idea what it is....I feel the pic isnt good enough for a positive id... any ideas, though???
Update: This bird is a Ashy Prinia, also called Ashy Wren Warbler. Thanks Parag, for the identification!


Not bad, wouldn't you say, for amateur birdwatchers who hadn't even planned to do any birdwatching? 

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  1. Totally awesome. You seem to be seeing nature in all its richness. The weaver-nests are amazing. So many in one place is such a rich haul.

    The lapwing is a red wattled lapwing. The robin on the ground is a male Indian robin. The one on the trees is a female Indian robin. In your 1st picture, you can clearly make out the female baya weaver on the LHS.

    The final one...am not so sure.

    Anu - I think it is time you finally make the move to the DSLR world. That way you can do justice to these amazing birds that seem to give you darshan every day :-)

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  2. I was wondering what their names were. I'll note them down

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  3. Hey! I was hoping to see comments where ppl had identified th birds. I frequently see some of those brown bird near my place and on campus. Do let me know if you get to know the names of these birds!

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  4. Lovely pics.. Absolute bird watching...

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  5. @Sankara: thanks so much! I am planning to buy a DSLR by the end of this year... let see how things work out......

    @Winnie: oh yes... do that... will help you for next time...

    @Usha: actually, there seemed to be some problem with the comments which is why they were not visible... i really thought of you there when we saw all those birds...and when i came back and noticed that the small ones werent sparrows, I remembered Adesh telling us at Sewri that if we looked only at the colours, all brown birds would be sparrows! remember???

    @Shilpa: thanks!! you should do that sometime and then we can see the kind of birds u get to see there!

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  6. The nests above the disused well is awesome....

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  7. The last pic is of Ashy Prinia, also called as Ashy Wren-Warbler.

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  8. thanks so much, Parag! I will update the blog with the name soon.

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