My name is Aranya Iyer and I used to be a chubby kid. Why is that important? Well back then, it meant that I used to hate walking and thus used to feel like I was being dragged on birding trips with my avid birdwatcher of a father and my “I will be outside to talk with nature” mother.
But, like many chubby children, I got into losing weight and picked up a book about healthy eating and “Eating your way to happiness”—not exactly suitable for a pre-teen, but it got me hooked on science and all that it had the potential to do. Add a few amazing mentors from highschool (forever grateful for them) into the mix and you get me! A university student currently pursing Biology at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.
My appreciation of birds really started in May 2013 when I was “awarded” my first pair of binoculars by my parents (mostly as a way for them to keep me busy so I wouldn’t complain all the time) and then I started following little movements in the trees, pointed them out to my father and before I knew it, I was seeing warblers and being praised by my parents for doing so.
Most of the time, I am still the one saying “LOOK SOMETHING MOVED!” and shamelessly incorrectly labeling the species I do see. But I am learning!! As a result, I started this blog to keep a track of all the birds I see…who knows, maybe one day this may be of help to me or even you!
Disclaimer: most of the photos on this website are graciously donated by my father and his lovely camera.
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Wishing you love and discovery!