Couple of days ago after a long and a hectic summer day, I was on the roof top to enjoy the evening breeze; I was caught at this sight…
Two birds were sitting on top of the grills over a three storey building chirping and making mysterious sounds. After some time there were few more birds added and the same went on. There were few more chirps, fluttering of wings, unheard songs and wide variety of vague sounds you can possibly imagine. Finally there was a bunch, gathered there. They behaved as if they were speaking – discussing (political issues!! Who knows). They stayed there for at least 20minutes, then they took the flight off in all possible directions, some alone, some coupled and some over my head wagging their tails.
(The sound of birds stops the noise in my mind – Philosopher Unknown)
I waited daily, I was astonished to see, it took place regularly nearly at the same time, but this time I was ready with my Canon 400D and a zoom attached to capture them in MOTION. These birds of the same family flocked there often and I can’t even imagine vaguely “What information’s they exchanged” and “I wonder how they kept the route map to that particular place in their little heads”. I really felt sad for having lost all the special faculties humans had, which also included “Decoding any birds/animal’s communication”, – all lost in the name of development and modernization.
I started watching them closely with my Camera’s Zoom lens; I was astonished to see their enthusiasm, bubbly expressions, postures, their gestures, one legged triple jump (sometimes) and their vividity. I felt we are fortunate enough at least to see such sights. Can the future generation see them? Will the birds survive the fast spreading ecological blunder created by the humans? Are our future generations lucky to watch birds like this from home OR will the future generations have to watch birds like the way we watch Dinosaurs today?
(Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come – Chinese Proverb)
How many of today’s youngsters know that, “Birds belong to class Aves (Biologically) are bipedal, endothermic (warm-blooded) and vertebrate animals that lay eggs. There are around 10,000 living species, inhabiting the ecosystems across the globe. Birds are characterized by feathers, a beak with no teeth, the laying of hard-shelled eggs, a high metabolic rate, a four-chambered heart, and a lightweight but strong skeleton. All birds have forelimbs modified as wings and most can fly, with some exceptions including ratites, penguins, and a number of diverse endemic island species. Birds also have unique digestive and respiratory systems that are highly adapted for flight. Corvids and parrots are considered the most intelligent among animal species; a number of bird species have been observed manufacturing and using tools, and many social species exhibit cultural transmission of knowledge across generations”.
Some good links about birds:
Meet some Intelligent birds:
Yes! There are some good people like Pete Dubacher around the world who are running bird care centers helping the unwanted and injured birds; though they are very small in number, we should feel contented that such gems really exit around us. The other news that pleased my enthusiasm is when I came to know that scientist like William Henry and a lot others out there are doing research on the mysterious language that birds speak. Can every individual contribute like that in some ways to save our PLANET for future generations?
(Remember what happens to Birds and Animals will happen to U – to Us)