For the past six years, Rahul Singh has been documenting the diverse wildlife surrounding his home in Jalpaiguri, India.
While he has captured captivating scenes of elephants, rhinos, deer, jackals, and monkeys, his true fascination lies with the vibrant avian species that nest in his city.
In August of the previous year, he stumbled upon a sight that left him awestruck.
Venturing to an area adorned with clusters of ornamental banana bushes, Singh’s intention was to photograph sunbirds as they feasted on nectar.
As he observed the routine proceedings, he was abruptly taken aback when a crimson sunbird unexpectedly commenced bathing in the water collected within the crimson petal of a banana flower.
“I visited a place where there were bushes of these ornamental bananas to take photos of sunbirds sucking nectar from it. Everything was going as usual when, suddenly, I was shocked that the crimson sunbird started taking a bath in the water stored in the banana flower petal.”
A light morning drizzle had formed a small reservoir within the petal, and the tiny 4-inch-long songbird was determined not to let the precious resource go to waste on a scorching day.
Having satisfied its nectar cravings, the crimson sunbird proceeded to utilize the petal as its own personal bathtub.
Singh, an avid birdwatcher, had never encountered such behavior in all his years of observation.
Overwhelmed by the extraordinary sight, he instinctively held down the shutter button of his camera, documenting the entire bathing session.
“I was literally stunned to see this unusual behavior,” Singh shared. “I kept my camera’s shutter button pressed as the bird took her bath.”
Filled with joy at having been in the right place at the right time to capture this enchanting moment, Singh decided to share the images online.
They quickly garnered the attention of thousands, evoking a profound emotional response. “
“This was really a once-in-a-lifetime moment,” Singh said. “It’s amazing how nature can surprise us,” Singh expressed. “It’s remarkable how nature can astonish us with its surprises.”