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2 / Dec / 2009
Insecticide
Small Pratincole, Kabini Photograph: Ganesh H. Shanker Story: Rajesh Ramaswamy

Insecticide

If the marketing whiz kids at those multinational companies could just brand and sell them, the Small Pratincoles of Kabini would probably be their No.1 bestsellers, at least with harassed housewives looking for deliverance from termites and bugs. These grey little shore birds are perhaps the most efficient insect hunters around, and are so confident of their skills that they even forsake their designated river banks to do a spot or two of aerial hawking for dinner. So what if they are classified by the scientific community as ‘waders’? So what if good, well behaved waders are meant to peck at whatever fare is laid out on their aqueous tables, and not look further afield? Like the hero of the allegorical fable, Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, they delight in the joy of flying; breaking free of conformity and the limitations of their class. However, in a small twist to the tale, they show how flying free can aid in a higher form of feeding by using finely honed aerobatic skills to hunt their prey on the wing. While they do occasionally pay heed to the waders’ creed by picking up insects off the river bank, they mostly prefer a mid air battle with flying termites, beetles and bugs, where the philosophy is, ‘winner eats all.’ And, more often than not, the Small Pratincole’s battle cry ends with a satisfied burp.

We at Orange County have loved sharing this story with you, and shall bring you one every fortnight, as part of our Responsible Tourism Initiatives to raise awareness about the nature and culture of the environments we operate in.

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  1. Mathew Licalzi says:

    Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is an extremely well written article. I will be sure to bookmark it and return to read more of your useful info. Thanks for the post. I will definitely comeback.

  2. Krishnan says:

    Great picture, wonderful story. Read this to my 6 year old son (going on 21) often and he loves it!

  3. Devanand says:

    “While they do occasionally pay heed to the waders’ creed by picking up insects off the river bank, they mostly prefer a mid air battle with flying termites, beetles and bugs, where the philosophy is, ‘winner eats all.’ And, more often than not, the Small Pratincole’s battle cry ends with a satisfied burp.”
    Ha ha ha…wonderful humour! Way to go, Mr. Rajesh! And a killer pic of god’s own insect killer, too!

  4. Amir A says:

    Excellent Photography !!

  5. Somshekar C says:

    good ones sir…!

  6. JAGADISH.M.BOPAIAH says:

    Great and mind blowing picture, great job Mr Ganesh

  7. Diwakaran Nair says:

    Ahhh it is that time of the week that i look forward to.
    Nice picture by Mr Ganesh. Superb write up that paints pictures and has us laughing as well. I wonder if the Marketing dept at Baygon is reading about their new competition? Thanks Mr. Rajesh Ramaswamy for an easy on the mind, well written piece (again), and thanks to Orange County for a consistently good offering( just like ur resorts).

  8. shivuu.k says:

    This is realy great Shot. well background. gook lighting and natural place. congrautulation sir.

  9. Twinkle Bhayana says:

    Thanks for the information. I liked it so much..

  10. Moti Epshtein, Israel says:

    Thanks Ganesh for the lovely story. Keep in touch.

  11. SIBY ANTONY says:

    This is a fantastic way of expression and glorification of the little deed.

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