An ode to the Swallows!!!

Swallows flying high,
Up above in the sky;
Swooshing through the mountains,
Diving in the valley deep;
To catch insects swarming in the air,
with a velocity steep.

Swallow feeding babies
Hirundo rustica (Scientific Name)
©sumanmitraphotography

*****

Agile and alert are your actions,
Random turn sometimes;
I couldn’t follow your flying course,
Lost track many times!!!

Swallows roosting on electric wires

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Off you fly from your cozy nest,
Into the trees surround;
Next moment you are out of sight,
Flying somewhere around.

Trees around Landour, Mussoorie

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People believe you bring good luck,
To the place you breed;
Little nests, along the concrete wall and ceiling,
Artist or an architect, from where you learn these skills?

Swallow nest with babies resting
©sumanmitraphotography

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Laying eggs, nursing babies,
care and protection you provide;
You ward away many predators,
Chasing them away, until they hide.

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Yesterday, I saw you alongwith your babies,
You were teaching them how to fly;
To survive, to struggle and persevere,
Till they are ready to soar up high in the sky.

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The rapid urbanisation sufficing human selfishness,
has snatched away your home;
And forced you to make your nest in the artificial biome.

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But you are adapting to the ecological changes,
I doubt whether we humans will be;
Swallows flying high up in the sky,
Next season will you come to visit us
or may be?

*****

Thank you!!!!!

Picture courtesy

https://www.sumanmitra.com/

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(Images were clicked using Canon EOS 5DS R, from a safe distance without intimidating the birds)

Published by Dr. Chandrima Debi

Hi, I am Chandrima Debi. I am a Doctorate in Forestry and an independent researcher. Ever since childhood, I experienced deep-rooted connection with nature, forest and wildlife. I have written various research articles, case studies based on geology, forests, medicinal plants, biodiversity and conservation. Through this blog I share my experiences with nature and forests around us and aid towards the protection and conservation of biodiversity, wildlife and the values associated.

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