Mornin’ High

An army of Ants scale and attend to the tender leaves of a bush during sunrise at Seawoods.

Ants are one the best examples of teamwork, selflessness and dedication in the natural world that I am personally aware of. The amount of work they do with the precision they possess is hysterical indeed. One could learn great lessons of teamwork and management from these little soldiers just by tuning in into their schedule. But make sure you have the time – even one brief moment of your absence and they vanish without a trace!

Each scout a pawn takes is potential death is disguise. But that does not stop them, as they seem to be aware of the fact that whether it is life or death, it is for the greater good and that the whole existence of their kingdom depends on their actions, which they perform dedicatedly.

Thus even the smallest link is equally strong and important as the largest one.

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The Devil’s Bug

When epic scares for Friday the 13th show up right at the start of the day, even in broad daylight!

This bud was pretty creepy not only for his ‘costume and gear’ but also for the fact that he managed to stalk me with his million little eyes for 20-odd minutes till I finally laid my sight on him!

Nature – Surreal indeed 😀

Turning on a New Leaf

Tender leaves sprout out on one of the many bushes lined up at the holding pond at Seawoods amidst a rather dramatic monsoon climate that has been engulfing most of the area for the past few days.

The monsoon comes as a much relief after the heated summer. Even though unpredictable in nature, the often heavy spells are a blessing much needed.

Action under the Risin’ Sun

Two Gull Billed Terns take turns to scope out fish while hovering over the holding ponds at Seawoods during early hours of the day.

The holding ponds at Seawoods and much of the area, in and around the creek harbor a vast number of marine and aquatic species. The area also has a decent mangrove cover (which is slowly depleting due to many factors). Aquatic and Marine birds are often found flying in the region and the place is visited by migratory birds during the season.
But given the fact that these wetlands and similar natural hotspots (around Navi Mumbai) are considered as ‘wastelands’ by people, the place slows get ‘developed’ and much of the region turns into a concrete jungle. The quarrying activities at multiple points on the foothills of the Parsik Hills range, the MIDC area, the Palm Beach Road and Seawoods are some proofs of that ‘development’. While making way through the Palm Beach Road, one can often see signs like ‘Proposed Golf Course’ (near Seawoods or Akshar Building Signal) or ‘Proposed Public Maidan’ (before Nerul or BBQ Nation signal) which are put up by CIDCO. If these projects materialize, pictures like the one above would only be a memory and end up in archives of a long lost past. No, it wouldn’t be the final nail in the coffin but it sure would be step closer to that.
And after all it’s man who needs a coffin

Together We Fly

GBT Flock

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.

Landing

PS landing at Seawoods

A trio of Painted Storks land at the holding pond at Seawoods during early hours.

These big birds take a good area to land, dropping speeds gradually and often glide before they reach the surface of water and finally land.

Fightin’ it Out

PS fight it out at SW

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..

Today’s Catch

PS with catch at SW

Today’s Catch

A Painted Stork flies past with a catch during early hours at the holding pond at Seawoods. Getting a catch is a highly competitive business especially when the whole flock is concentrated at one point of the pond. And this one decided to have it all for itself and flew away from the group to enjoy it’s meal alone.

Been Watchin’ You

BK at AN

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.

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The Walk

RM-The Walk

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.

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