Eagle and Patang (kites) – Sankranti


This is not a gardening post. But what happened on the Coconut tree.

This morning the Hindu newspaper had a photo feature at this link:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2868877.ece

(courtesy: the Hindu )

I felt a stab of guilt.

After Sankranthi, a lot of Manja was floating around the trees and lying on my pots of flowers/vegetable plants. I tried as much as possible to disentangle the manja, but it was coming on and on. I also found it was impossible to cut the manja, since it was not thread,but nylon type.
I had to caution anyone climbing on the Terrace to be careful, as the invisible manja was posing a threat. After a few days I forgot about it.

Last week was hectic,I did not visit the Garden. But my domestic help was telling that some noise was coming from the coconut tree, and my husband went to examine it. He came back saying that a bird is entangled in the manja on the tallest tree in the compound. He tried to pull the manja with long stick , but failed. We could not see the bird , but could hear only its plight.The height and inaccessible distance made it impossible to rescue the bird. Later , I wondered whether to call the Fire department,and left it at that.

Eventually , in the evening , an unusual group of crows were surrounding our Terrace,and making a hell of a noise. Then we realized that they were mourning their colleague, and I felt very guilty.

After reading about the rescued Eagle, I feel we could have contacted Blue cross , and found out what to do. Sad!

And also sad that people fly kites with such threads which are a death threat to birds.

About gardenerat60

As you guessed, I am a retired executive, looking for hobbies. Stumbled into gardening after reading blogs. Always wanted to use eco-friendly items in daily life. So, there was no heistation in deciding to put the vast terrace balcony to use for organic garden.
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4 Responses to Eagle and Patang (kites) – Sankranti

  1. malar says:

    This is sad ending to the bird….. Anyway it’s a lesson to us when our kids play kite!
    Thanks for visiting my blog!😉

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Hi Malar,

      It is sad , and it is not kids who have those long poly threads. It is all those adults ( who scream blue murder ) and their revelry during Sankranthi , in Hyderabad.

  2. uppal says:

    Hi Pattu,
    I can see that you’re sad being unable to save the bird which got entangled in the kite thread coated with crushed glass. Kite flying becomes a craze during sanskriti and participants vie with each other to win. So the fallout of such sports is sometimes tragic.So please don’t blame yourselves as you did what you could.
    Cheer up!!!

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Thanks !. But to leave some miles of thread on trees all over the colony and let birds get trapped was upsetting. Got over it now. What to do? helpless.

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