Friday, December 19, 2008

Our Little Boy !!!

Found this young fellow sitting on a bare tree, screaming ... and for a long time, almost a month I found him sitting on the same branch screaming his throat out. This is a juvenile Changeable Hawk-Eagle . A very pretty sight you know, seeing him sitting atop his branch and screaming away, not bothered about the dozen eyes which are looking at him from inside the noisy mechanical beast known as the jeep. After a month, found him one day... on the ground, resting a foot on the head of a small careless snake... and within a week of this incident he flew away.... to a different location, probably exploring his parents territory or probably in search of his own.
I call him our little boy because he was always there, a guaranteed sight during the safaris, so much so that all of us associated him with as a part of our team... but, just like kids,one day they leave home and establish their own. Though little boy had shifted base from the tree, we did see him close by and after some time we could only hear him... at a distance... screaming his throat out... and our team was very happy to know that our little boy was still around.. somewhere.......