Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Nature Notes/Loss Of Habitat


Recently I had posted pictures of egrets seen in the marshy plot of land near our house. Yesterday there was this lone bird foraging amid the vegetation and I realized with a pang that this could well be the last year I'll be seeing them here. This patch will soon have a structure coming up. The trucks have been coming and one side of the land is already filled with tons of soil. Since New Year's day we have had light showers and cloudy days and the droplets of rain on the colocasia leaves are the first thing that catch my eye as I look down from our balcony. Otherwise this season is usually very dusty.But these birds are not the only ones who will be deprived of their feeding ground. The white-breasted water hen is another and the worst affected might be the marsh mongoose.




This photo of this small Indian mongoose was taken at the local zoo today. Although we see the marsh mongoose in our yard, it moves very fast and it's near impossible to get a decent shot. In only a few months' time our landscape will change and another habitat, will be destroyed forever.


I'm linking up to Michelle's meme, Nature Notes.


6 comments:

Carver said...

Great shots. It is sad when the animals lose habitat lands to construction.

lotusleaf said...

Great egret shot! What a shame that your own patch of wilderness is going to disappear! It is the same case in Bangalore too. All my favourite walks have been built up now, and there are no wild flowers to be seen anywhere:(

Sylvia K said...

It is indeed sad when animals lose their habitat! Such a beautiful egret and I love the little mongoose!! Delightful captures!

Sylvia

Rambling Woods said...

Oh they are tearing down more and more woods here to put up strip malls and houses..It makes me so sad everything I see it and I am sorry you will be seeing it too....Michelle

Patricia Lichen said...

Every generation tends to think that just a little more habitat disappearing doesn't make that big of a difference...I often think that if there was some way we could see all that we've lost in the last couple/few hundreds of years, we'd be shocked into saving whatever we still can.

Ginny said...

I love your mongoose shot, of course we have none here, I don't think.