Closeness to living creatures irrespective of the specie, attracts me and one such time came during the year 2011 where I tried to study the secret life of Yellow Footed Green Pigeon. While observing them for a period of about 4 months. I observed certain activities such as nesting, courtship, mating and threat from other species of birds during breeding season.

A few days back I was just thinking whether I did observe the courtship or mating of this specie. In order to come to the conclusion, I saw my data in the hard disk and scrolled the details of 5 months when I spend most of my early morning hours before going to the office. I was surprised to see that I recorded the mating as well as the courtship on different days and places in the own surroundings.

It was on 17th May 2011 that I observed the courtship on a tree hardly a few meters from me and the expressions recorded are a life time memories for me. I am sharing one of the close moment where in the female is feeling as if she has got everything in life and enjoying those moments for ever.

The scene reminds me of a relevant song from a Hindi movie BRAHMACHARI given below.

मैं गाऊँ तुम सो जाओ सुख सपनों में खो जाओ
माना आज की रात है लम्बी माना दिन था भारी
पर जग बदला बदलेगी एक दिन तक़दीर हमारी
उस दिन के ख्वाब सजाओ

कल तुम जब आँखें खोलोगे जब होगा उजियारा
खुशियों का सन्देशा लेकर आएगा सवेरा प्यारा
मत आस के दीप बुझाओ,
मैं गाऊँ …

जी करता है जीते जी मैं यूँ ही गाता जाऊं
गर्दिश में थके हाथों का माथा सहलाता जाऊं
फिर इक दिन तुम दोहराओ,
सुख सपनों …

Image from my own colony Surya Nagar ,where I used to live earlier (Ghaziabad ) on the outskirts of Delhi taken on 17th May 2011.

About Vinod Goel

He joined Customs & Central Excise service in 1982. As a civil servant, his job takes him to various parts of India, which gave him an opportunity to capture our wild heritage, through his camera. His passion for wildlife photography started in 2004 when he was posted at Raipur (Chhattisgarh) and this passion continues till today.