Amid a downpour on Wednesday early morning, there was much to find out about Nature’s means. Out for avenue images to seize ‘action in rain’ pictures, Anuj Jain chanced on Paddy egrets searching frogs in the escalating puddles beside the road that branches off to the ISBT, Sector 17, from behind the showrooms. A curious Dwelling crow was in attendance, studiously observing the hunt.
Jain, who retails clothing from a Sector 17 showroom and nurtures a passion for pictures, discovered that the egrets would dunk a frog into the water 4 to 5 occasions just before gulping the prey down in a single piece. The egret sought to take away the mud off the frog and make it smoother for ingestion, a behavior that ibises are also recognised to indulge in.
Some egrets could not swallow a frog in the initially try and would regurgitate it right before taking care of to do so in subsequent bids. The egret would choose a sip of h2o soon after successfully swallowing a frog. Ingestion down the bird’s slender gullet is no mean feat as the prey is significant with limbs jutting out at awkward angles and flailing wildly.
The spotlight of the wet early morning was the clever crow. Possessing learnt how to capture frogs from egrets, the crow also built a smart destroy and flew off to a tree. Even so, unlike the egrets, the crow tore apart the frog in advance of ingesting it in pieces.
The noble tiger
* Unknowing men and women favor to believe a tiger is a “blood-thirsty” creature and will pounce on a human at 1st sight. Nevertheless, individuals who have roamed the jungles vouch for the big-hearted and gentlemanly character of this great beast. A tiger is very likely to go away a human by itself when chanced on unless it is a male-eater or is pressured by villager-tiger conflicts increasingly common in the peripheral zones.
Thursday was International Tiger Day and I retrieved a charming nugget from the fertile pen of Brig. Ranjit Talwar (retd.). A shikari-turned conservationist, the retired Armoured Corps officer held the write-up of coordinator at WWF-India’s Tiger Conservation Programme for 13 years. The tiger’s character as portrayed by Brig. Talwar mirrors Jim Corbett’s activities. The famed hunter had encountered tigers genuine shut from his childhood days, together with one that arose from driving a plum tree in which youthful Jim was searching video game birds and one more who crossed his night wander, but was graced by the noble beasts to live and explain to his tales.
“During the wintertime of 1963 or ‘64, we ended up taking pictures Jungle fowl alongside Kosi River (Ramnagar forest division, adjacent to Corbett National Park). Quickly, a couple fowl took off and I dropped one that fell on major of an overgrown lantana bush. As I entered the bush to retrieve this chicken that was even now fluttering, what I observed drained all my blood. Dealing with me at about 6-8 toes was a tiger who appeared to have been rudely awoken from his slumber. I stood however far more out of panic than as a deliberate ploy. With an irritated tiger staring at me, I stood frozen with the breech of my BRNO shotgun open up as I was in the procedure of altering the used cartridge…a method I abandoned on observing the tiger. The first expression of shock on the tiger’s encounter immediately transformed to that of disgust that clearly expressed: “Can’t an sincere, hardworking tiger have some tranquil rest with out disturbance from pests like you?” As the tiger was swift to decide that I was only a ‘bumbling fool’ and not a danger, he turned around and ambled away devoid of wanting again once,” wrote Brig. Talwar.
Brig. Talwar signed off his tale with a saucy twist: “As this was going on, the ‘gun’ (shikari) to my left, who had observed nothing at all of the tiger, shouted: “Come on, hurry up, we don’t have all working day to retrieve your bird”. I held back my reply due to the fact the tiger hadn’t disappeared however and I didn’t want him to give him a cause to modify his temper. And after the tiger did, what I informed this impatient ‘gun’ will remain unprintable.”