Waterbird silhouette, India.

Given that Google + has changed its format and now offers,  indeed seems to encourage,  the opportunity to use a larger image on a profile page,  I looked through my files for what I thought might be a suitable image.   I decided that a relatively simple image which allowed me to include some (self serving) text might be in order.    This is the image that I decided to use.  The image, which was taken in 2000,  is a silhouette of several waterbirds roosting in a tree at the end of the day in what was then known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.

Birds in Silhouette, Bharatpur, India.
Birds in Silhouette, Bharatpur, India.

Being in 2000,  the image was of course captured on (colour negative) film and has since been scanned into the computer.    The birds shown are of three species,  and although I didn’t record at the time precisely which species,  it’s fair to suggest from their silhouettes they are ibis, stork and egret.

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary,  declared a protected sanctuary in 1971,  has since been renamed Keoladeo National Park and is located in Rajasthan Provence.    The sanctuary is based on a man-made wetlands created during the mid 18th century by Maharaja Suraj Mal, the then ruler of the princely state of Bharatpur, and used for many years for duck shooting.    Today it is home to thousands of birds of hundreds of species,  it’s a place I’d like to return to!

The Keoladeo National Park or Keoladeo Ghana National Park formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India is a famous avifauna sanctuary that plays host to thousands of birds especially during the winter season…. Keoladeo Ghana National Park is a man-made and man-managed wetland and one of the national parks of India. The reserve protects Bharatpur from frequent floods, provides grazing grounds for village cattle and earlier was primarily used as a waterfowl hunting ground. The 29 km (18 mi) reserve is locally known as Ghana, and is a mosaic of dry grasslands, woodlands, woodland swamps, and wetlands. These diverse habitats are home to 366 bird species, 379 floral species, 50 species of fish, 13 species of snakes, 5 species of lizards, 7 amphibian species,7 turtle species, and a variety of other invertebrates.   Every year thousands of migratory waterfowl visit the park for wintering breeding etc. The Sanctuary is one of the richest bird areas in the world.  It is known for nesting of its resident birds and visiting migratory birds including water birds.      (Source Wikipedia)

RSS feeds.  Goodbye Google Reader.

Google has announced that it is having a “spring cleaning” as part of which they will be “retiring” Google Reader on July 1, 2013.    So for those that have relied on this system it’s time to find an alternative.  Fortunately there are numerous options available including Feed Demon which I’ve started using and so far have found to be satisfactory,  at least when used on my PC.    With mobile devices becoming more and more popular,  it’s worth looking at several different readers to see what works well on your devices.    Being a mobile phone/devices Luddite,  I can’t offer any insight regards mobile performance!

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