Ode to Flight: A Poem in Photographic Images

Spreading the wings of imagination: The great White-bellied Sea Eagle of north Malabar at Manjeswaram, Kasaragod, early 2011
Spreading the wings of imagination: The great White-bellied Sea Eagle of north Malabar at Manjeswaram, Kasaragod, early 2011
Awesome and moving: White-bellied Sea Eagle takingoff, Bekal, Kasaragod, early 2011
Dive and fall in  flight: Sea Eagle at Bekal, Kasaragod, early 2011
Agile and dashing: Osprey above Chempallikund near Ezhimala, Kannur, early 2011
As if still and hovering: Booted Eagle soaring above Chempallikund, Kannur, early 2011
Fast and dynamic: White-bellied Sea Eagle at Manjeswaram, Kasaragod, early 2011
Flight and fight: A mid-air encounter between Brahmany Kite and Sea Eagle at Manjeswaram, Kasaragod, early 2011
Incredible and sensational: The undulating flight of Eurasian Marsh Harrier above Kannur Kaipad wetland, early 2011
Massive in mid-air: W B Sea Eagle at Manjeswaram, early 2011
Flight and freedom: Survival of the sea eagle in Kerala
Flight and freedom: Survival of the sea eagle in Kerala

Migratory Birds in Kasaragod: Season 2011

Terek Sandpiper and Sand Plover, Manjeswar river mouth, March 2011

Kasaragod the northernmost  district of Kerala is endowed with beautiful beaches and estuaries that host a range of winged visitors from far and wide.    Manjeswaram, Kumbala and Thalangara/Chandragiri form the major estuarine habitats  of Tulunadu that welcome the migratory birds from all over the world in large numbers.

Sand Plovers at Manjeswar beach, March 2011

Since I am currently teaching at Govt. College Kasaragod I am able to observe the biodiversity and ecological importance of rivers and estuarine wetlands in the Kasaragod coast that lure the shorebirds from thousands of miles afar.

Paradise Flycatcher, Vidyanagar, Kasaragod, Feb 2011

My isolated evenings and weekends in the margin of Kerala were cheerfully blessed and environmentally sensitized by these feathered friends from alien shores.  Thanks to these ancient navigators and globe trotters I learn many things from them.

Waders and shorebirds near Manjeswar river mouth, March 2011

Now that we have got rid of the agent of end and it requires years for the cleaning up of rivers and wetlands, I repeat my earlier idea for conserving these unique environmental treasures by declaring them as community reserves at least after the success story of Kadalundy where the numbers have dwindled this season.

Red Shank and Green Shank, Manjeswar beach, March 2011

As the migratory season is coming to a close and the world is observing Migratory Bird Day on 14 and 15 May 2011 let me present my snaps of shore birds, waders and migratory birds that I encountered on the beaches, wetlands, estuaries and woodlands of Kasaragod.

Migratory shore birds near the mouth of river Chandragiri, Kasaragod, Feb 2011

I salute their instinct for survival against all the pressures of development, pollution, urbanization, reclamation and increased human encroachment and alteration in their natural habitat and wetland ecology.

Sanderlings and Curlew Sandpipers, Thalangara estuary, Kasaragod, Jan 2011

Let us salute the enduring spirit of life that transcends continents and let us uphold the ethics  and politics of conservation for the endangered and for all of us.  Let us protect these little ones and protect our future and the future of our planet.

Black and Brown headed Gulls in Kumbala estuary, Jan 2011

Western Reef Egret, Thalangara/Chandragiri estuary, Jan 2011

Kentish Plovers, Kasaragod beach, Feb 2011

Gulls, waders and shore birds at Chandragiri river mouth, March 2011

Dunlins and Sanderlings, Kumbala beach, Feb 2011

Waders mostly shanks, Punjavi beach, Kanjangad, Feb 2011

Pallas' Gull, Thalangara/Chandragiri estuary, March 2011

Eurasian Curlews, Thalangara estuary, Jan 2011

Sunset in Thalangara/Chandragiri estuary, Kasaragod, Jan 2011