Friday, January 9, 2015

Coucal Nritya....

My friend Shail Mohan, of Thiruvananthapuram, often known as the Bird Lady and Luci's Mom, lives amidst greenery greatly favoured by all varieties of birds. She also enriches our knowledge by identifying these birds by their  special names. 

In these days of Fair and Lovely, it is impressive to see this capture of a Crow Pheasant, also known as a Greater Coucal, engrossed in his (or her) own version of a graceful ballet.  Possibly giving all the Swans a run for their money, with respectful apologies to Shri Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.......

Which must hereafter be referred to as the  Greater Coucal Ballet.

 E-Immortalized by Shail.   Enjoy....

A leaping flight
a jette
a pirouette

an effortless stretch,
a gentle landing.

it's a black tu-tu
ballet claws,
and a gentle shake
of a plantain tree
as he bends
deep to peck at a fruit,
with backstretched wings
in the final
part of
Greater Coucal Ballet
celebrated with a Caw Caw Libretto
the Greens of Thiruvananthapuram.


  1. They are standing at the same angle, the ballet dancer and the Coucal :) Good one, Suranga :)

    1. The ballet angle struck me as soon as i saw the photo. Yes, Coucals are graceful, aren't they ?

  2. You constantly give the makers of the said fairness cream sleepless nights!
    @Shail aka Bird Lady: That is a wonderful capture indeed :)

    1. Zephyr, someone has to tell the truth na ?