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Chennai walks – Birds !



After two not-so-happy blogs on happenings during our morning walks in Chennai, I want to write a positive chirpy kinda blog !

When the infamous Chennai floods happened in Dec 2015, we realised that Chennai had been blessed with a huge marshland and “development” ate up 70% of that blessing. If the marshland had remained intact, it would have soaked all the excess water and there would have been no floods …. but how can we stop “development”?, right? So we will continue to develop and mess with nature’s blessings. Ok am stopping… that line of thought is for another blog. The remaining marshland is a much needed refuge for birds.

Our house is in Pallikaranai and between houses and the never ending “flats” there are small tracts where the marsh has re-formed and birds come and feed and nest there. I have managed to capture three different kind of birds so far and one bird on the wire that I couldn’t capture very well. These birds are a highlight of our morning walks as they create quite a symphony with their happy chirping.

A beautiful blue bird ... is it the Kingfisher?

A beautiful blue bird … is it the Kingfisher?

These two black/slate grey peahen type of birds are so smart that the minute I stop to take a pic they fly off and hide.

These two black/slate grey peahen type of birds are so smart that the minute I stop to take a pic they fly off and hide.

I think this is a crane and it was sitting quietly on a boundary pole and the minute I spotted it, it took flight.

I think this is a crane and it was sitting quietly on a boundary pole and the minute I spotted it, it took flight. There are some geese in the water too.

This little bird was happily chirping away and was so high up that it didn't care if I was taking a picture !

This little bird was happily chirping away and was so high up that it didn’t care if I was taking a picture !

Am sure there are many readers who know the names of these birds. Please share in your comments so that many of us who don’t know their names can also learn.

 

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1 comment

  1. The last bird is a drongo. Nice to see Nature even in a concrete jungle.

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