In October 2015, Flightpathproject revisited India.
Migrants in Madhya Pradesh
Flightpathproject spent a morning birding at the 600-acre Sirpur Lake, near Indore in Madhya Pradesh. Winter migrants are late this year, waiting for the weather to cool down, but some early birds, including cotton teal, have just arrived.
Cotton teal (Nettapus coromandelianus, aka Cotton pygmy-geese) among lily pads.
Still waters at Sirpur
Reed beds line the lakeshore: a filter system for water and feeding ground for birds.
More of these extraordinary images of Sirpur’s reed beds at http://www.dubeyashish.com
More information about conserving Sirpur at http://www.tnvindia.org
Words about wetlands
Flightpathproject was again tracking the movements of poet Laurence Hope. The 1895-1900 diaries of Scottish writer and painter Violet Jacob, who was in central India at the same time as and spent time with Laurence Hope, brought Flightpathproject to the lake. The lilies of Sirpur – then known as Sherepore – had the same effect now as then.
20 July 1896: I heard the other day that the great pink lotus was to be seen in flower at a place called Sherepore tank a few miles from Indore…the creek was full of lovely rose-coloured flowers standing with their heads raised above the thick masses of leaves…it was most wonderful to me who have only seen it in pictures.’
Violet Jacob Diaries and Letters from India 1895- 1900, Canongate Publishing, 1990