Rama Krishna Sangem
A beautiful Purple Sunbird is captured by BRS Rajya Sabha member J Santosh Kumar this Sunday, July 16. He tweeted four photos of this bird as part of his Weekly dose of photography. He has been posting pics of wildlife and birds for the last few months, every Sunday, to create awareness among people, particularly young ones about environment and nature.
Founder of Green India Challenge (very recently GIC celebrated its 6th anniversary), MP Santosh has been campaigning vigorously to promote the cause of nature, greenery and wildlife in many ways. Encouraging people of all walks of life to plant saplings and promoting ecological friendly moves like discouraging use plastic bags and promoting clay Ganesha during Ganesh celebrations etc, are part of Santosh’s agenda.
A few days ago, Santosh appreciated on twitter famous film director SS Rajamouli for relocating 20 plus grown trees at his farmhouse in Yadadri Bhongir district. Santosh’is an active member of parliamentary standing committee on forests, environment and climate change. His birds pics this Sunday got good response on Twitter. He posted them at 8.15 am and by 1 pm, they got 3,800 views, 225 likes and 54 retweets.
This week’s Purple Sunbirds are cute little birds mostly in East Asia, but now they are aplenty in India. Belonging to a big Sunbird family, they look, and also smart, live on mostly nectar and small insects. These Purple Sunbirds are small in size, but can fly a few hundreds of meters. A specialty of these birds is their sharp, curvy beak. They can catch anything with their beak, relatively long to their size.
Their voice is shrill, can be heard to long distance. Monsoon is their breeding season. So, better we not disturb them now . I think we can encourage our children to take some small projects on these Purple Sunbirds, by observing them at nearby parks!