On our recent trip to Kerala, (where the SRE was working and I was holidaying with friends), we had a little weekend getaway to Kumarakom. As we entered the resort we saw several trees laden with huge flocks of snake birds or darters.
|Cottages at the resort|
|The hornbill in our room|
|Indian almond trees on the shores of Vembanad Lake|
|The trees near the lagoon full of darters|
As you can see from these photographs, it was a very lovely place. The SRE, however, got very worried when he saw a darter dive into the lagoon, head first, and apparently not emerge from the water. This was followed by several more. I presumed that these were aquatic birds that could swim underwater, but the man was not convinced. He was quite convinced that these were all kamikaze birds, each one on a suicide mission. It was only after he saw a few snakey heads emerge that he relaxed!
I remember one of these pics. . . its so serene...
I remember the pic :-) beautiful... JLT
"kamikaze birds, each one on a suicide mission"
There is a Kafkesque story in there somewhere...
As you can see, I am taking every opportunity to show off my newly minted acquaintance with the author :-)
@peccavi: The poor man was seriously worried!
@JLT: Yes, I'd posted some of them on FB.
@Rohini: There's a phrase for that in Hindi- saawan ke andhey ko hara hi hara nazar aata hai! You will now see Kafkaesque imagery everywhere:)
Hahahaha! SRE is super cute eh?
@R's Mom: That he is!!!
I was chuckling away at the thought of suicidal birds, but then I remembered, I know a suicidal dog, so maybe suicidal birds is not such a far fetched thought! :P
@Ron: Tell me about this suicidal dog, sounds most intriguing!
His name is Simba. He belongs to a friend who is...to put it mildly...slightly jobless and cracked in the head. He is a mix between a German Shepherd and a Great Dane (I think), so huuggeee. This lady feeds him by hand n sings him to sleep and also...erm....lifts his tail n sniffs to see if he has stomach upset etc. I can totally understand his trauma. I would be highly traumatised myself. He keeps leaping off their 2nd floor balcony, poor thing.
@Ron: Poor Simba:(
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