Wintering in India

Central Asian Flyway is open for business:

350px-Central_Asian_Flyway_Map

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Asian_Flyway

Cranes on the way:

 

Demoiselle cranes in Khichan, Rajasthan

Demoiselle cranes in Khichan, Rajasthan

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demoiselle_crane

 

Birder alert:

E-note from Prathamesh Desai to members of Delhibird, 6 October 2014. More info at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/delhibird/info

‘The migration season has arrived and so the birds…

Following are birds sighted at Soor Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, Agra ,UP  from
July – October 2014

Eurasian Hobby
Osprey
Great White Pelican
Northern Pintail
Common Teal
Common Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
Common Greenshank
Common Redshank
**Blyth’s Reed Warbler **
Greenish Warbler
Black Redstart

Waiting for Demoiselle Crane migration and flycatchers…’

**Blyth’s Reed Warbler**:

Listen to and watch at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKE0SKsysGI


Poet, Lover, Birdwatcher

To force the pace and never to be still
Is not the way of those who study birds
Or women. The best poets wait for words.
The hunt is not an exercise of will
But patient love relaxing on a hill
To note the movement of a timid wing;
Until the one who knows that she is loved
No longer waits but risks surrendering –
In this the poet finds his moral proved,
Who never spoke before his spirit moved.

The slow movement seems, somehow, to say much more.
To watch the rarer birds, you have to go
Along deserted lanes and where the rivers flow
In silence near the source, or by a shore
Remote and thorny like the heart’s dark floor.
And there the women slowly turn around,
Not only flesh and bone but myths of light
With darkness at the core, and sense is found
But poets lost in crooked, restless flight,
The deaf can hear, the blind recover sight.

by Nissim Ezekiel (1924-2004)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nissim_Ezekiel