A delight in all hues of blue

The gray mist of an early winter morning over the seaside city of Digha on the japanese coast, bordering West Bengal and Odisha, had nonetheless not lifted. As I walked by the casuarina grove making my strategy to the seaside to look at the dawn, the fantastic sand grains gave my ft a delicate therapeutic massage. I stood, digging my toes deeper into the sand, listening to the waves beckon as they crashed upon the shore a number of metres away.

That was the primary time I
sighted it!

A vivid blue streak flashed by the timber proper earlier than me, like a wisp of magic from one other world. The hen was a radiant distinction in opposition to the pale inexperienced casuarina needles light with mud and time. I adopted within the path I had seen it fly, my eyes peeling by layers of gray, praying for yet one more glimpse. I didn’t must go very far after I noticed it perched on a tree. My coronary heart raced as I targeted my digicam and clicked my very first shot of the gorgeous Indian curler hen perched excessive above me on a casuarina department.

The Indian curler, coracias benghalensis, belongs to the Coraciidae household. It’s generally referred to as ‘Neelkanth’, which accurately interprets as ‘blue throat’ which explains this hen is believed to satisfy needs made to Lord Shiva. It’s extensively discovered within the Indian Subcontinent in addition to West Asia, and is the state hen of many Indian states. The Indian curler can be believed to be auspicious in many cultures and sighting one is taken into account a great omen specifically round Dasara, since legend has it that Lord Rama had occurred to see the hen on his strategy to kill Ravana, a quest he triumphed in.

Bewitched

However, even earlier than I got here throughout these attention-grabbing nuggets of data, the Indian curler had me bewitched the second I had set eyes on it. And upon my return to Kolkata, I sought it out in locations the place different birders had sighted it steadily. However irrespective of what number of rounds I did of nature parks, and birding journeys to the wetlands of Rajarhat, which occurs to incorporate the environment the place I reside — it eluded me for the previous two years. Till the time the colourful blue hen appeared in my dream. A fast Google search happy my curiosity as most dream interpretations claimed it meant happiness and positivity, each at all times welcome. After which, a number of days again as I sat by my bed room window inside our fourth ground flat, at a distance, I seen a hen perched upon a lamppost. I appeared more durable, as a result of white-throated kingfishers too have a smattering of comparable vivid blue plumage, and are resident birds. However clearly, it wasn’t one of many common guests.

A little bit bigger, with a small, pointed beak and brown breast plumes, this was totally different. As if it knew I had been ready, it flew in direction of me and perched upon a cement pole exterior my window. I ran and received my digicam and it didn’t preserve me ready any longer. It swooped down onto the dry grass beneath my window and unfold its wings. The large open wingspan had many alternative shades of blue, from deep purple to lilac and sky blue all rolled up in a single stunning hen. A surprising Prussian blue tail band merged with uninteresting inexperienced central feathers. I don’t know for the way lengthy I stood there, gobsmacked on the sensible colors, admiring its magnificence. After which, like a closing flourish to a spectacular opera that had me already weeping with pleasure, the Indian curler hen took flight. Mid-air, it did its signature acrobatic roll, and bowed out of my sight.

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