Monday, January 10, 2011

Bitter Love

He glanced in to the distance looking for the much awaited appearance. But it was only the crimson rays of dawn that greeted him. Eyes paining, not with the mild morning sun but with anticipation, he did not dare to take his eyes off to check the dark figure lurking in the ground below. He has heard of those clumsy flightless creatures called humans and that they can become really nasty. Right now nothing mattered to him but his love who is getting heartbreakingly late.

Then she came over the canopy, her orange shade brilliant than ever contrasting with the jet black feathers. He chirped in delight till the next figure appeared behind her, a masculine male with even brighter feathers. He watched them fly past him not even bothering to look his way. He was a small bird, but now he felt smaller and feathers paler than ever. Love drained, he laid his head on the branch.

After a few moments of gloomy reflection he decided it’s time he left this world full of bitter betrayals. He leapt from the branch and that was how gravity claimed its first bird victim!

My sincere thanks to,
The Small Minivent (Pericrocotus cinnamomeus) who agreed to pose for the stills of my script :)

Small Minivent is a common resident bird who loves the upper canopy mainly feeding on insects. The adult is about 16 cm in length and the female has a lighter shade of black compared to the male. They are usually seen in small flocks.


  1. WoW!!!!!! What a capture!

    From where did you find this lover?

    Super colours and this is the first time that I see this bird I guess. I’m getting tired saying “WOW” to your script writing :D you have a great imagination and a wonderful writing style! I just love it!

  2. You have started to make friend with a Small Minivent. He will come back to you very often.

    This is my experience.

  3. Congratulations both on the wonderful pictures and your writing. You are full of imagination :-)

  4. Lovely post, Patali!
    This is a difficult bird to photograph because of its canopy-dwelling habits. So, you've done well!

  5. Excellent shots!!! Salut!!

    Francesc, Barcelona

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