Friday, March 29, 2013

Life comes a full circle

Closely observing the rich biodiversity around our home in Durga Vihar, once a rocky terrain, this patch of human settlement continues to be a friendly home to several birds of flight. A stunning view of the Gray Hornbill perched upon a tall tree that I sighted, in response to its repeated call to its mate, left me to look for more of its kind! Indeed, sensing my presence, the bird flew away high up in the sky and emerged with its mate several blocks away, took a wide circle together and disappeared from my sight. A bottom up view of this rare bird was my facebook post recently.

My earlier post has pictures of their smaller kindred; the attractive little Green Bee-eater perched upon the branches of a dry tree. Go to this blogpost for a view of these birds that home Gun Rock in large numbers.

I am pretty certain that these Bee-Eaters are now endemic to this terrain almost bidding goodbye to the friendly Sparrows and the not-so-friendly Baya Weawers. These intriguing green birds, lining up on the hanging electricity wires in the morning hours, are now a familiar sight as we see them each day on our return from the morning walk. Besides the lush greenery around our home, the tree of Mimosaceae family (Jungle Jalebi) is an appropriate niche for several other small birds. These birds reprise their flight to the tree day after day and swoop down at least twice a day to savor nature’s delicacy. Sheer delights of spring. They seem to bird-voice “Eat local food! Available in great quantities!” Protein aplenty! I am reminded of this optimistic take from Shelly’s poem Ode to the West Wind, especially when the summer heat kicks in “If winter comes, can spring be far behind? Circle of Life! Life Cycle!

Back to bird stuff, can you guess what is the secret behind the health of the Yellow warblers, Red-vented bulbuls, House Sparrows, Crimson-breasted barbets and other winged creatures great and small, all of which I sighted in the last couple of days? Of course this includes the endangered Common House Sparrow. Yes, it is the jalebi that is delicious raw or otherwise….

As an appetizer, enjoy the collage below!

I promise a reward if you can name the bird-in-black!


Gita Mani said...

Wonderful! Love that you notice these beautiful creatures and create collages for others to enjoy. Is the white sphere they hold in their beaks the seed of the junglee jalebi?

I'm guessing the bird in black is some kind of cuckooshrike, following a quick scan of A Field Guide to Birds of the Indian Subcontinent.

Vijaya Gopal said...

Thank you! And you are right! Those spheres are the edible pods while seeds are shiny black. Your guess may be right! I too thought so but was not so sure...