Archive for October, 2010

“Butterflies” A poem by S Joseph

// October 26th, 2010 // No Comments » // Culture and Ecology

Striped Tigers in Kurinji Kavu, Palai

Butterflies are artists who fly around
With paintings in both the hands
They exhibited paintings to the people
When there was no such practice
Later cave paintings, murals and canvases emerged
The fleeting butterflies still fly around with paintings
As larva they had no paintings at hand
They are both worms and painted wings
They combine ugliness with beauty and make the ugly beautiful
Human childhood walks after the flying butterflies
Holding a painting in each hand
Humans shed their wings when they grow
And then they crawl as worms for the rest of the life.

Translated from Malayalam by Ajay Sekher

S Joseph is a leading poet in Malayalam. He teaches at Maharaja’s College, Ernakulam. Mobile: 9745159490

Great Eggfly, Payyambalam, Kannur

Redshanks in Kumbala

// October 18th, 2010 // No Comments » // Eco Watch

Common Redshanks in Kumbala estuary


Arctic waders are here in Kerala!! These cozy tourists may be from Europe or from further north west. Anyway they are having a nice time at Kumbala river-mouth where the river meets the sea with all its meandering lagoons and mangrove islets. It is an ideal location for these migratory birds to land and repose for a while.
Today, 18 October 2010, at around 10am, I saw a small group of ten Common Redshanks in the mangrove covered mudflats of Kumbala estuary. These winter visitors were in non breeding plumage with reddish legs and longer and partially red beaks. They were lazily preening themselves in the sun that sparkled in the blue waters and green mangrove leaves. They were also producing occasional piping calls of alarm.

Grey Heron in Netravati estuary, Mangalore


Yesterday at the estuary of river Netravati in Mangalore I saw a large Grey Heron, a Grey Wagtail, a few Western Reef Egrets and plenty of common Sandpipers. I also saw an unidentified group of waders there. Perhaps it could be this same cool shanks. To my surprise I also spotted a pair of peacocks at the mouth of the river Netravati near the sea!

Pelagic Peas: Peafowl pair at the mangroved estuary of Netravati at the edge of Arabian sea


Today too I saw a peacock in the sacred grove surrounding the old Jain Basti in Bengara, Manjeswar, on the southern banks of the river Manjeswar. Also saw plenty of common Sandpipers and Small Blue Kingfishers at the estuary of river Mnjeswar.

Small Blue/Common Kingfisher, Manjeswar estuary