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17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Near to Sun

During my routine cycling trip near my village, one evening while passing by a rice mill I noticed activities of birds sitting and flying around. I took my cycle to the rice mill and started venturing around. I found that there are varieties of small birds as House Sparrow, White-throated Munia, Rock Pigeon and few pairs of Rose- ringed Parakeet. Every year these birds come to the mill after monsoon and remains their till march for food. After making shots of almost all the activities happening around, I was about to move back then I noticed that a flock of House Sparrow having grains which are lying on the ground and I lay down on the earth and made some eye level shots, just later the birds took flight towards the nearby tree. I was fully alert and captured the moment.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 01.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh, India
Camera: DC-GH5
Copyright: © Satpal Singh