Another close encounter

Of birds, birdies and biryanis

Most birds, actually make that any wild lifeform, are extremely skittish around humans. And with good reason. Come to think of it, we humans should be extremely skittish around ourselves, given how dangerous we are as a species, not just to all the other species around us but to ourselves as well.

Birds like the Tibetan Sandgrouse above, which have been hunted as game-birds in the past, have even more reasons to be nervous around humans. Their nervousness with human presence is quite apparent in the distance that they will let us get near them. I read an old description of this bird by the famous ornithologist, A O Hume, where he has mentioned that they do not let you get closer than a hundred yards. From my experience, I have found that to be more or less accurate.

So, how did I manage to get so close to this…

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