Rama Krishna Sangem
BRS Rajaya Sabha MP and Green India Challenge founder J Santosh Kumar this Sunday, October 22, posted pics of a white eyed passerine, that is commonly seen in our parts of the country. The four photos he posted on X in the morning are part of his drive to promote nature and wildlife through camera lens, under a campaign, #WeeklyDoseOfPhotography.
If two of them are of white eyed passerine, other two are of scaly breasted munia, also commonly sighted birds in India and Telangana. Santosh caught these two birds in their natural habitats – tree branches, apparently early in the morning, the best to see birds in action. As usual, the posts on X got a whopping 7,120 views by evening, besides 264 likes and 65 reposts.
White eyed passerines are in different colours in different countries, but what we see here are of light green head and white body, reflecting the season’s mild tones. Both the passerine and munia are seen searching for their food in flowers and buds. They also feed on foliage and seeds and buts. Lush green bushes and water bodies are their natural habitats in and around Hyderabad.
Palapitta or Indian roller
The significance of the bids during Bathukamma festival that precedes Dasara in Telangana is underlined by Palapitta bird, known as Indian roller. People pay a visit to this bird as part of Dasara festival. This indicates the symbolic bonding between people and nature. Here bird is connection between man and nature. Palapitta is s little bigger sized bird in light blue and green hues. Of course, Bathukamma is a festival of flowers and leaves.
We must appreciate MP Santosh for his staunch commitment to the Weekly dose of photography even in times of political heat and dust that gripped Telangana. This shows the importance of nature and environment to political leaders even in times of elections. After all, future elections are going to be fought on the common causes of public for whom environment and climate change will be utmost important.