Monthly Archives: September 2012

Gulls Reach Kutipuram

Early migrant flocks of gulls at Kutipuram. Just above the bridge near the bent in the river. 26 Sept 2012

Thousands of gulls have reached the sand flats of river Perar at Kutipuram.  I have noticed them first on 18 September 2012 near Manchady Thuruthu at Chembikal a few kilometers down from the bridge towards Thirunavaya from bus.

Mixed Gulls at Manchady Thuruthu, down the river near Chembikal. 25 September 2012

Now the mixed flock has started to move up the river.  Today evening, 26 September 2012 they were seen just above the Kutipuram bridge near the marked bent in the river.  Yellow-legged Gulls and Heuglin’s Gulls are leading in the flock.  Small gulls and some terns could also be there.

Gulls crossing Kutipuram bridge en-route to Purathur estuary. 26 Sept 2012

Clear identification is difficult as they are keeping aloof from any sort of human interference.  The birds are extremely cautious to rest in distant isolated mud flats at the middle of the big river.  The sight is magnificent and soothing.

Perar/Nila has water enough to be poetic.  A view towards the south east from Thrikanapuram an ancient Chamana cultural centre. Pallypuram, Kutipuram and Kanjirakuti surround the region.  26 Sept 2012

Sunset at Manchady Thuruthu

“On the College Wall” A Poem by S Joseph

Poet S Joseph. Sept 2012

A newspaper cutting on extinct fish
Is pasted on the college wall
The ones who pasted it dissolved among the other students

Images of swimming fish are there with the news
Through the pictures plenty of paths open
To the inland ponds and sylvan streams

While looking on, a thought pops up:
Will my race also become such a news tomorrow?

Extinctions have become an inevitable truth on the planet
Some animals are already in the protected list
Even the tiger

As I toddle everyday
When I turn the corner
I weep remembering my race
Facing the threat of extinction
                                                                    Translated from Malayalam by Ajay Sekher

Poet before his new home at Pattithanam, Etumanur. 22 Sept 2012.


S Joseph a leading poet in Malayalam may be reached at or 91 9846687101.