In Reflection

A spotless facade,
in rippled mired waters,
does your soul reflect?

[In the frame: Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis), non-breeding adult; Aarey Forest, Mumbai]

– Narendra Nayak © 2020

20 thoughts on “In Reflection

  1. What a lovely photo and haiku. I was surprised to see we share the species. I learned that it’s native to Asia and Africa, but I saw a flock of them in my yard yesterday afternoon, and they’re common in fields. I thought you might be interested in this bit of history:

    “Cattle egrets spread from the west coast of Africa in the late 1800s across the Atlantic Ocean to the coastal area of northeastern South America, then northward into North America and the West Indies in the early 1940s and 1950s. Cattle egrets originally entered Texas in 1954, migrating south and west along the Gulf Coast states from initial heronries in Florida. They increased from about ten pairs in the state in 1959 to about 300,000 pairs by 1990.”

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    1. Thank you so much, Ma’am for your kind words and comments!

      That is indeed an interesting bit of history; thank you for sharing it. I wonder how they have managed to stay genetically unscathed thus far with apparent inbreeding there for 6 decades.

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