Friday, October 27, 2017

Santosh Bakaya writes


Section 13

I scurried behind the safety of an elegant pine tree
When I heard some sublime notes of a symphony.   
Hey, what orchestra is up in this jungle wild?
From behind the tree I watched, absolutely beguiled.

Slowly, birds come out from behind the foliage 
Fluttering in excitement, each other trying to upstage.  
A flamboyant peacock preens and flaunts its plumage.
At the peacock, a red-whiskered bulbul glares in rage.

Birds of every feather have now taken over the stage,
The scene a straight lift from a fairy tale page.
The forest resounds with merry chirps and tweets 
In harmony with the couple’s happy heart beats.

With a hop, a skip and a tumble on the ground 
The sparrow joyously starts going round and round. 
A lapwing trips and slips as though intoxicated.
The lovers smile indulgently, absolutely elated.

The avian camaraderie fills them with joy immense.
Chirps and tweets resound in the forest dense.
A red-vented bulbul and a warbler happily converse.
A pelican clears its throat and breaks into verse. 
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 The Morning Walk -- Vinita Pappas


  1. Although "bulbul" is derived from the Persian word for nightingale, bulbuls are actually short-necked slender passerines (songbirds). They are highly vocal, with the calls of most species being described as nasal or gravelly. In the "Handbook of the Birds of the World," Fishpool & Tobias described the song of the brown-eared bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis) as "the most unattractive noises made by any bird." The soft plumage of some species is colorful, with yellow, red, or orange vents, cheeks, throat, or supercilia, but most are drab, with uniform olive-brown to black plumage. The red-vented bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer) is easily identified by its short crest that gives the head a squarish appearance; its body is dark brown with a scaly pattern, and the head is darker or black. The vent is red and the rump is white, while the black tail is tipped in white. Himalayan varieties have a more prominent crest and are more streaked on the underside or may have dark streaks instead of a scale-like pattern.

  2. Thanks so much for your detailed comment Duane Vorhees.

  3. It's is quite a learning experience for me.


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