“Sometimes I think that the point of birdwatching is not the actual seeing of the birds, but the cultivation of patience. Of course, each time we set out, there’s a certain amount of expectation we’ll see something, maybe even a species we’ve never seen before, and that it will fill us with light. But even if we don’t see anything remarkable – and sometimes that happens – we come home filled with light anyway.”
It was birding weekend, once again last Sunday! Thank god for small mercies.
We as a family had not stepped out for three weeks. 7 November, was our last birding jaunt. We were all at home all this while, quarantined, as I recovered from Covid.
The four of us – the DH, the 12-year-old, the 22 year-old and I stepped out on Sunday afternoon, a bright, clear sunny day; armed with our cameras, binoculars, a small picnic basket of tea and munchies, and of course our masks intact. It felt liberating to drive away into the depths of city to the Basai Wetlands, a water treatment and recycling plant, for a bird-watching jaunt after a long hiatus. Harry Styles crooned to Watermelon-Sugar, as the ardent 12 year-old fan kept playing all his songs.
Birding in Basai
Winters of course have set in, in our part of the world. But the afternoon was warm and a gentle breeze blew amidst the tranquility of the wetlands.
We managed to spot the regulars – Moorhen, Cattle Egret, Little Grebes, Black Ibis, Pied Starlings, Pond Heron, Purple Heron, Grey Heron, Purple Swamp-hen, Cormorants, Stilts, Kites, White-Throated Kingfisher, Shrikes and a Grey Wagtail, diligently foraging for its snack amidst the lovely purple blooms of the Water Hyacinth.
The 22 year-old was also super excited, though she isn’t much of a avian fan. But she was quite chuffed to see so many species.
We left Basai as the sun surreptitiously sank into the horizon, but not without having our evening cuppa and digging into the munchies. This had been a much needed family outing, after aeons. We all felt truly blessed to finally be able to do so.
As we drove into the concrete jungle, we saw a stunning full moon rising, in all its glory.
Was that a sign? 🙂
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