The Tailed Jay is a nervous butterfly, continuously in motion, wings all a flutter even when it sips nectar. It darts continually from place to place, never staying long in any one place almost like a fugitive on the run. As one can imagine, it’s not easy to get a clear shot of this hyperactive butterfly. One has to prepare the camera first to freeze it in flight (by setting a high shutter speed) and even then, alertness and fast reflexes are required to capitalize on the opportunity in the rare event that the butterfly presents a shooting opportunity. In this way, I did manage to get a few clear pictures of this emerald jewel.
However, one rainy afternoon, I spotted this Tailed Jay at rest on a leaf. Unusually, it was as still as a monk in meditation. I sneaked up as close as I could get, umbrella balanced on my shoulder — and had my way with the Tailed Jay at last. It was either enjoying the raindrops falling on its wings, or it was drinking them.
It was almost a mystical experience: the gently falling rain, the silence punctuated by the clicks of my camera, and the mystery of the motionless Tailed Jay.