25 February 2013
I keep my camera ready at my home most of the time and there’s a reason for it…. its not that I have to use my studio everyday… but I do get opportunities to click every now and then, where my mobile camera can get a bit too stretched…. I have to say that I’m lucky to live in a neighbourhood where I can have at least a decent look-around in three directions…. lucky in a sense that most people in Dhaka city don’t get that opportunity…. and added to this, I do get a view of the sky and some “Nature” almost all the time…. and when I say “Nature”, its not all components of “Nature” that I’m talking about…. just the “wild” part of it!…. wait a minute!…. the “wild” part?…. I live in a city, right?…. right!…. then how come I get to see the “wild” from my window?… I know it may sound a bit odd for some, but those who have the habit of looking through the window, they know what I’m talking about…
even after having the highest-density population on earth, Bangladesh still boasts with around 600 bird species!…. its quite perplexing for most to believe…. and it becomes even more contradictory when we know that the amount of forest in this country is below the bare minimum level…. then where do all the birds nest?… what do they eat?…. where do they rear their chicks?…. well, I’m not bird/wildlife expert, but what my common sense says is that its the adaptability of these species that are keeping them alive amid this haste of forest destruction…. its not that all the species of birds and wildlife will actually survive this mayhem, but a lot of them will…. we still have some trees all over…. even within this concrete jungle…. not sure how many years would we see the green among this grey…. but the good thing is that there still are some left for us to enjoy…. but unless we start to engage with Nature, its not gonna last too long…. at least, our upcoming generation won’t see any green, thats for sure…..
it was years back when I first noticed a Jungle Mayna outside my window… these birds are mostly seen away from heavily populated areas…. but now I can regularly find them in cities…. Magpie Robin, Red-vented Bulbul, White Wagtail, Common Tailorbird, Barn Swallow; the list is long, alongside the usual Pied Starling, Common Myna, House Sparrow, Raven, the ubiquitous crow etc…. so, one thing’s for sure, its not just the crow that can be seen outside the window…. I’ve seen Kingfishers in other parts of the city…. the outskirts of Dhaka contain many more bird species…. mammals are not as lucky as birds though…. their living is a bit different and they are more in danger of being caught… but some still survive…. may be thats the wonder of God’s creations….
mammals are not that lucky…. this little mongoose got stoned quite regularly by local street children…. this photo was taken in 2008 and its habitat is all but gone now in 2013… not sure whether it survived the chaos….
I’m sure that if I start asking you how many species have you counted out of your window, the list would get even bigger…. just think about it…. its not just a counting… its taking notice…. once I start looking at something and expect it everyday, I would be attracted to its presence in some ways…. we may not see the Nature everyday, but this is the simplest way to increase our awareness of Nature…. let our next generation get acquainted with these wonderful creations… if they fall in love this once, they will not go against it ever…. lets leave this earth sowing the seeds of a new world!
please share your experiences regarding birds and other species around your window…. and thanks for reading!