The pied bush chat (saxicola caprata) is a small passerine bird found ranging from west asia and central asia to the indian subcontinent and southeast asia. about sixteen subspecies are recognized through its wide range with many island forms. it is a familiar bird of countryside and open scrub or grassland where it is found perched at the top of short thorn trees or other shrubs, looking out for insect prey. they pick up insects mainly from the ground, and were, like other chats, placed in the thrush family turdidae, but are now considered as old world flycatchers.
travel is a mosaic of moments
no place in the world is this more apt than tonga where you might spend hours searching and then have only minutes in the water with these incredibly intelligent and spatially aware animals.
those moments touch the deepest soul of your being and take your breath away.
this interactive whale is one we will never forget. while we had only 4 minutes in the water with him, it was pure magic to watch him twirl, dive and come in closer to check us out. the graceful and skillful way in which they move and are so spatially aware blows me away.
watching this one “throw” his pec fins up to stop his momentum in the water column after this dance floored me. how an animal as large as a bus stops its movement like that is beyond me