Blue-Tailed Bee Eater

Blue-Tailed Bee Eater

A few days after the events of September 11, at the CMA Awards Nite, American Country artist Alan Eugene Jackson debuted his song that went “Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day?”

The song provoked an intensely emotional response from the live audience, practically stopping the show.

Across America, “Where Were You” moved fans left distraught and numbed by the horrors they saw that September day.

Downloads brought Alan Jackson’s site servers down.

The song subsequently shot up the charts and apparently the lyrics were even entered into the U.S. Congressional record.


Amazing what some meaningful country music can do to the stricken.


This September, just 2 days back, we returned to Bhandup (E), our old birding spot in the middle of manic Mumbai.

The rains have turned the place lush green and largely non-negotiable thanks to the overgrowth and the slush.

We did wade through the muddy water and slime to try and get closer to a bunch of Blue-Tailed Bee Eaters.

They kept safe distance – if I had one of those long lenses, I might have managed some shots.

Nevertheless I did manage this rather poignant image of a two perches and one lonely Blue-Tailed Bee Eater calling out to the rest of his friends.

To one subjected to the daily din of urban living, the call was sweet. Very sweet.


Amazing what some meaningful country music can do the stricken.


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