This is the time when the tiny birds emerge from the safety of their nests to the paddy fields.
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Inspiration.”
In India, Chinese fishing nets (Cheena vala) are fishing nets that are fixed land installations for fishing. While commonly known as “Chinese fishing nets” in India, the more formal name for such nets is “shore operated lift nets”. Huge mechanical contrivances hold out horizontal nets of 20 m or more across. Each structure is at least 10 m high and comprises a cantilever with an outstretched net suspended over the sea and large stones suspended from ropes as counterweights at the other end. Each installation is operated by a team of up to six fishermen. While such nets are used throughout coastal southern China and Indochina, in India they are mostly found in the Indian cities of Kochi and Kollam, where they have become a tourist attraction.
The brahminy kite (Haliastur indus) also known as the red-backed sea-eagle in Australia, is a medium-sized bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which also includes many other diurnal raptors, such as eagles, buzzards, and harriers. They are found in the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and Australia. They are found mainly on the coast and in inland wetlands where they feed on dead fish and other prey. Adults have a reddish brown plumage and a contrasting white head and breast which makes them easy to distinguish from other birds of prey.
The herons are a widespread family with a cosmopolitan distribution. They exist on all continents except Antarctica, and are present in most habitats except the coldest extremes of the Arctic, extremely high mountains and the driest deserts. Almost all species are associated with water, they are essentially non-swimming waterbirds that feed on the margins of lakes, rivers, swamps, ponds and the sea. They are predominantly found in lowland areas, although some species live in alpine areas, and the majority of species occur in the tropics.
The herons are a highly mobile family, with most species being at least partially migratory. Some species are partially migratory, for example the grey heron, which is mostly sedentary in Britain but mostly migratory in Scandinavia. Birds are particularly inclined to disperse widely after breeding but before the annual migration where the species is colonial, searching out new feeding areas and reducing the pressures on feeding grounds near the colony. The migration typically occurs at night, usually as individuals or in small groups.
The spotted redshank (Tringa erythropus) is a wader (shorebird) in the large bird family Scolopacidae. It breeds across northern Scandinavia and northern Asia and migrates south to the Mediterranean, the southern British Isles, France, tropical Africa, and tropical Asia for the winter. It is an occasional vagrant to Australia and North America.
Look at the child like excitement on my friend Saneesh’s face. His decision to dive into the the ‘chemmen kettu’ (prawn farm) and catch some fish was very spontaneous, which was not part of today’s cycling trip at all. In fact we did not even have a plastic bag to store the catch. He just followed his urge and dived into water, and came up with some catch, each time he surfaced. That is when I am realizing his diving and fishing skills. He was just catching them with plain hands, and in minutes, he got several fishes including some prawns. I am more excited with his child like enthusiasm, and the guts to chase his urges without any inhibitions. That was wonderful. Again I realize how little I know about people around me, especially their hidden skills!.
In #Kadamakudy, the paddy fields are auctioned for fish farming for six months before the monsoon rains. When the auctioned period gets over, the fields are open for the general public for fishing, and that is known as #kettukalakkal, kettu (chemmeen kettu) means the prawn farm, kalakkal means making the water muddy (it does not have any connection with the proverbial fishing in muddy waters). This continues till the month of May, when the fields are readied for paddy (pokkali) cultivation.
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Early Bird.”
The cycling and bird watching trips have made me an early bird. Here is a king fisher, facing the rising sun at Kadamakudy, early in the morning. Thank you the creator and the bird for providing me with such a good scene. This particular kingfisher came to the same spot, at the same time, every day. Today I have located a pair of wood peckers, who is on a particular coconut tree, at 6.30 a.m sharp. I clicked some photos today, then they are not up to my satisfaction. The zoom power of the Canon and lumix cameras are limited, and my pocket does not allow me to go for a better zoom lens. Hopefully it will happen at the right time.
I locked my cycle and walked straight into the fields of Kadamakudy. At a particular lighting angle, it was all getting very blue. I edited it little bit for contrast alone. I could click lot of other interesting photographs as well, and I will post them later. Good day.
The darters or snakebirds are mainly tropical waterbirds in the family Anhingidae having a single genus Anhinga. There are four living species, three of which are very common and widespread while the fourth is rarer and classified as near-threatened by the IUCN. The term “snakebird” is usually used without any additions to signify whichever of the completely allopatric species occurs in any one region. It refers to their long thin neck, which has a snake-like appearance when they swim with their bodies submerged, or when mated pairs twist it during their bonding displays. “Darter” is used with a geographical term when referring to particular species. It alludes to their manner of procuring food, as they impale fishes with their thin, pointed beak. The American darter (A. anhinga) is more commonly known as the anhinga. It is sometimes called “water turkey” in the southern United States for little clearly apparent reason; though the anhinga is quite unrelated to thewild turkey, they are both large, blackish birds with long tails that are sometimes hunted for food.
Today is Vishu, the great festival of peace and prosperity.
It was dawn. The rays were red, hence the red tinge in the photograph.