Photo courtesy Yadhiraj Vaidya
Photo credit #keralastory
They come in herds and prey on the fish in the fish farms in a flash. The moment the cormorants are spotted above any fish farm, the care takers try to scare them off with these hoooi…hoooi calls. During the fish hatching season, the whole Kadamakkudy reverberates with these hooi calls. Some use crackers to ward them off…Hundreds of them land very quickly and start consuming fish. Here is one such herd of birds…Collectively they make a humming sound while diving deep and coming up rhythmically.
With great expectation and anticipation I ventured out to Kadamakkudy Islands on my cycle today expecting to capture the beauty of a sunset. Unexpectedly the summer rains stopped me. . For the photographer in me, once decided to click, I must click. Standing at the veranda of the small S.K hotel, on the banks of river periyar I clicked….Kaizer the street dog whom I get biscuits whenever I meet him, and as a reciprocation of his gratitude and love, he accompanies me till the gate of my house which is approximately a mile away, and stand there for a while before bidding good bye with a painful look in his eyes..I too feel sad as I am not used to this kind of unconditional love and gratitude from the fellow humans…..This photograph captures the rain, river, rides and the dog’s love….all beautiful…..