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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

More birds from Sewri

In my earlier post, I wrote about the flamingos we saw at Sewri. They are, after all, the main reason people flock to Sewri these days at low tide! However, there are also scores of other birds which arrive at Sewri for the insects which populate the mud flats. This post is about some of them...




On an earlier visit to Sewri, I remember seeing a large number of small and medium sized birds - little stints, sandpipers, varieties of herons and egrets..... and being told that all these birds migrate to the same areas and live off the same place, without any conflict of interest, since each of them has a different kind of bill or beak, made for eating different varieties of insects or creatures, found in different layers of the soil. Some have small bills which barely skim the surface of the mudflats, eating the creatures inhabiting the upper layer...while others have much longer beaks, which penetrate deeper into the soil, convenient for entrapping insects hidden deep within. It was amazing to learn how these birds manage to live in harmony.



These are either Little Stints or Sandpipers. My identification skills dont extend so far as to make a perfect ID! So, can all you birders out there please confirm the identity of this bird?



I first thought these were two different species of birds, but apparently, they are the same species,, just the ones in front are in breeding plumage!




There were other birds too.... A painted stork was spotted at a distance, but it flew before I could click a pic. This Black Headed Ibis turned up rather late in the day, just as I was about to leave.... 





Waiting a while longer turned out to be a good thing, for we next spotted a Western Reef Egret..







There were other, common birds too... such as this Egret...


and this Pond Heron, which I see in my colony, but have never managed to capture this well!!


Oh, and these werent the only creatures we saw at Sewri.. just the birds!! There  are a couple more posts coming up!

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  1. I like the comprehensive range of bird species that you have managed to photograph. Well done.

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  2. My bird watching is confined at home but they are the traditional ones only seen during a particular season. In this post I find many many more beautifully captured.

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  3. Lovely captures. Such variety too. They all look graceful doing their business for the day!

    enjoyed looking at them. Thanks.

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  4. Wow...the pictures are breathtaking Anu! It seems to be a great place for bird watching!

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  5. Nice collection of birds

    thanks for sharing

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  6. Brilliant stuff!
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  7. superb shots of birds

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  8. The bird in the first and fourth photos is a common sandpiper, notice the short straight beak. The birds in a few subsequent photos are apparently curlew sandpipers, some in breeding plumage, notice the slightly down-turning longer beaks. Nice shots.

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