A congregation of munias attracted my attention as I made my around the paddy fields. Upon further scrutiny it turned out to be a mixed flock of White-rumped and Scaly-breasted Munias and they were gorging on plant matters that were submerged by this flooded patch. As the munias appeared to be quite confiding and the water provided a great natural backdrop for photography, I decided to stop my car and started shooting these little adorable birds.
The commoner of the two species, the Scaly-breasted Munia, accepted my presence in no time and came really close to my car. At such close quarters, they provided some of my best images to date.
The White-rumped Munias, on the other hand, were slightly more reserved but still managed to provide a memorable performance.
Everything was perfect when I photographed this lone Zitting Cisticola. Well, everything except the bleedin’ backlight…
A group of four immature Brahminy Kites were seen foraging along another flooded patch of the paddy fields. These youngsters circled around and around and made a couple of half-hearted attempts as they skimmed just above the water. Come to think, they could just be fine-tuning their hunting skills.
All the activity attracted the attention of an adult kite. It proceeded to come closer and investigated what the youngsters were up to. I guess all the fun the youngsters were having must have brought back fond memories of a time when it still an adolescent. It must have decided to relive those memories and joined them.