Muni(a)’s Worth!

Weary soles and wretched souls,
ending one of our worst strolls,
a trail promising sighting goals,
no birds and empty crab holes.

Then at the dirt trail’s fag end,
in the shrubs around the bend,
fluttering wings heard in descend,
flickering hopes began to ascend.

A furred figure buff and blurred,
turned a clumsy juvenile bird,
busy with preening undeterred,
despite our presence unstirred.

In a trice the bough came alive,
there wasn’t one but all of five,
jostling pecking doing the jive,
nibbling stalks none to deprive.

Saw then why they were carefree,
a watchful parent high in a tree,
often being pestered with a plea,
I’m done preening now feed me.

All this drama within a few feet,
fatigue had since taken a backseat,
hearts filled with joy at such a treat,
in a flash our trek was complete!

A small portion of this poetry has been captured on video and is posted on Instagram here:

[Framed: A brood of juvenile Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata) preening themselves under the watchful eyes of their parents, and later begging for food.
Location: Dahisar Mangroves Forest, Mumbai]

– Narendra Nayak © 2022

48 thoughts on “Muni(a)’s Worth!

  1. I love your poem and photos, Narendra, and can completely relate to your emotions. There is nothing like a group of garrulous, beautiful, accommodating birds that allow us a glimpse into their lives to lift one’s spirit. Thanks to your experience, my spirit is lifted vicariously.
    I thank you. 🙏

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    1. Thank you, Sir! Oh, yes – the finer details still come up in his conversations. 😄
      This is in a segment of the Dahisar Mangroves Forest – a mud track leading to the Manori Creek off Link Road next to Dahisar DMart. 🙂

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  2. What a fantastic collection of photos this is and your description complements them perfectly. So much prettier here than on Instagram (laptop vs. phone). You’re really lucky to have such sightings and not just one but a full gang!

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    1. Thanks a lot, Neelanjana; I’m pleased that you liked it. This episode delighted me all the more since my son was watching such a spectacle in the wild for the first time. And I can see the impact it made because he still reminisces about this lucky encounter almost a month to date. 🙂

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  3. Reblogged this on Mitch Teemley and commented:
    My Featured Blogger this week is Narendra Nayak of A Sliver of Life. This poet-photographer’s (poetographer?) posts never fail to delight. While America is focusing on groundhogs (one of our sillier traditions), Narendra is focusing on more predictable and amiable creature called Munias. Munias are a type of finch native to Mumbai where Narendra lives and works his magic.

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  4. Delightful words and photography. I am wading into the waters of photographing birds as well and I love that you’ve combined your passion for pictures and poems!

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