Rama Krishna Sangem
BRS Rajya Sabha MP J Santosh Kumar never misses a Sunday to pursue his passion for nature and wildlife. As part of his #SundayPhotography, a weekly dose of birds photos for the last several weeks, this Sunday, June 11, he tweeted three photos of a white dove, sitting in an urban landscape. Obviously, this cute avian is hatching its eggs, going by the photo.
And what? the MP’s tweet in the morning got around 4,840 views and 220 likes and 48 retweets, by 2 pm. Netizens immensely liked these photos and commented commending him for his initiative. We all know, MP Santosh is founder initiator of #GreenIndiaChallnege (GIC) for six years, inspired by his leader CM KCR’s #Telangana Ku Harita Haaram green initiative.
Last week, we posted how Santosh invited CM KCR plant a sapling at Bharat Bhavan, in Kokapet, Hyderabad on June 5, World Environment Day. Needless to say, tree cover and presence of birds are inseparable and can be considered barometer for environment. These photos of birds taken on Santosh’ camera show how green is Hyderabad city and surroundings for birds. I guess, this white dove photo Santosh took recently when he was in abroad.
Doves are symbol of love and loyalty
Some call them doves while others cal pigeons. Bird watchers from Hyderabad say, doves are smaller ones compared to pigeons. There are around 300 types of doves or pigeons in the world and in India we can find at least 50 of them. The dove, in the picture is of white dove with black tail plumage. Some of them with feathers with dark spots. They live for 5- 10 years. Some even live up to 25 years.
Doves are man’s oldest domesticated birds, gong by our historical records. They, in the olden days, were used to send messages (sometimes love letters too). They are loyal to humans. Pigeons do us great favour by eating weed and waste seeds in our surroundings. They have loyal friends in humans too. Someone says, “What is London’s Trafalgar Square without doves?” Yes, we too can say, “What is Charminar in Hyderabad without pigeons?