POEM: Black Kite Over Bangalore

The predator commands a post atop a monolithic chimney, which it defends from swooping competitors with a hop, a wing flare, all while going talons up. Its trilling whistle call signals I know not what to I know not whom, but it’s persistent. Its head swivel-snaps around in precise jerks — a clockwork motion. The kite is peering more across the building tops toward the incoming weather than down into the urban valley where it might find a meal. Monsoon season is coming, and it intends to get in some preemptive showers — just to make certain all know that Mother Nature consults no calendars. When a gust hits, the kite beak aligns on the wind direction, but wind shear catches its back feathers, giving it a shabby look.

In the background, I watch its comrades in flight. To say “circling” would be to impose more order than these birds’ chaotic aerial dance warrants. Mostly they glide, each to its own flight plan — occasionally flapping for altitude or making a brief, awkward plummet.

POEM: Avian Game Theory

a murder of crows harasses a hawk,

out to steal the meal that wriggles in its talons.

the hawk giving its all to fighting crow will lose its squirming prey.

no crow is match for a hawk,

but no hawk is match for the murder,

and so all birds go hungry.

DAILY PHOTO: White-throated Kingfishers of the Backwaters

Taken in July of 2017 in the Backwaters of Kerala









DAILY PHOTO: Spur-Winged Goose on the Prowl

I was going to call this “Duck – duck – goose [-goose]” until I discovered that the smaller birds are also geese (i.e. Egyptian Geese)

 

A Spur-winged Goose hunting

 

Two Spur-winged geese in a row; Taken in the Chobe River between Botswana and Namibia in April of 2017

DAILY PHOTO: White Stork Imitates Daniel-San

Taken in Chobe National Park, Botswana in April of 2017

DAILY PHOTO: Peacock

Taken on September 30, 2017 at the Kamla Nehru Zoo in Ahmedabad

Above are male (hence, peacock) Indian Peafowl (a.k.a. Blue Peafowl or Pavo cristatus.)

DAILY PHOTO: Scene from a Watering Hole

Taken in May of 2017 in Botswana