The vibrant monsoon landscape of the Maharashtra State Highway 93, that passes close to Pali looks just like a beautiful painting of the typical ‘Konkan Monsoon’!
It’s been around an year since my group from the colony and I made that crazy but amazing trip to Rameshwar Vaibhav. The rain, the day, the nature and everything around us was so surreal that it was difficult for us to believe that any of this was real at all. Thankfully, we had documented proof to make us realize and then believe that it indeed real and not a dream!
Though it’s been a while I had last been to this place and beyond, I do know that it would be just as beautiful as I had left it the last time. Perhaps, even more
Bruises on the hands of an elder member of the monkey clan are seen clearly during a break they took at service shaft during their usual midday expeditions in the area.
A flock of Gull Billed Terns fly around the holding pond at Seawoods during early hours.
The water at the ponds recede and rise frequently. Sometimes it’s controlled by the local fishermen who come to fish in the area with the help of check dams at different locations and otherwise, it’s due to the tides. And as the water had receded today, the ponds saw a lot of different birds who had gathered to get hold of an easy meal in the shallow waters.
Two Painted Storks fight for their share of the catch during early hours at the holding pond at Seawoods.
Getting a catch, a competitive business as ever, often leads to quarrels and the options are to either get your catch and fly away to enjoy your meal (which also has the risk of having your meal fall down during flying away at haste!)
Or the option is to fight it out..
A Black Kite perches on top of a building at Anushaktinagar during mid day.
These birds form the ‘Birds of Prey’ category in this area of Mumbai and are found throughout the city. From gliding over the massive dumps of garbage spread across Mankhurd to scouting the hills from several meters above with their ‘God’s Eye’, they do it all and justify their tag of ‘opportunistic hunters’.
P.S-One of my favourite incidents with them was when one full grown BK kept harassing a really angry feral dog, which it seemed to enjoy very much. It also had it eye on the dog’s meal that it had made from the local dustbin.
A train passes through the Vashi Creek bridge during early hours, from Vashi to Mankhurd.
A juvenile monkey walks past the rooftop at one of the residential buildings at Anushaktinagar.
As a part of the deforestation activities and the rampant ‘development’ taking place in the area, the resident wildlife has no place to go but to share the space with the ‘developed’ humans.
Though there hasn’t been much of a struggle yet and the monkeys seem to be more ‘cooperative’ than their human counterparts, what lies next is something that has to be waited for and watched.
We are yet again proving to ourselves that we seem to have a poor memory and understanding about the fact that these animals were here first, even before we figured out what ‘science’ and ‘development’ even meant.
A female Asian Koel perches on a dry tree at the Seawoods Backwaters during morning hours.
Today ends my year long journey called ‘Project 366’. The task of making and preparing a photograph each day which represented the best memory I had during the day taught me a lot about this wonderful artform. I thank all the audience who watched this series and enjoyed it. I hope I was able to inspire anyone who found my images interesting.
Special thank to my partner, Pratibha for believing in me and this project more than myself and also supporting me when I needed help the most
Thank you all once again. It was great being ‘At Work’!
Tgatwork, signing off
A Red Vented Bulbul sits on top of tree during the early hours at Seawoods. These birds along with many other small bird species are seen in abundance in this area.
A Little Egret baskes in the morning light, perched on a dry tree at Seawoods.