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)


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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

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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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