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Swift Rescue







Taken on 8 December at home in Nellore. The photos are really bad...sorry :(

District administration sounded a high alert along the coast following forecast of the possibility of a low pressure system crossing between Kavali and Bapatla on the evening of 8th December, 2010 and feared the resulting downpour, to the extent of 20 to 40 cms at the time of crossing, would flood the district. 
The days that preceded were the coldest from a long time and three farmers succumbed to the cold wave in the district and we had a strange visitor who refused to leave our warm house!
A little Swift! Not the car but a little blue-black bird with huge eyes, a white patch at the throat and at the rump. It was in the hands of some kids playing in the corridor who were trying to get it to fly out into the open. They then planned to leave it on some bush outside. Something told my son and me that it would not last the night out in the cold. Just then it flew in through our main door into our house!
Measured in straight flight, the spine-tailed swift is the fastest bird. It flies 170 km/h (106 mph). They never settle voluntarily on the ground and  forage exclusively in flight. They have very short legs which they use only for clinging to vertical surfaces.

They go into torpor in cool weather and we think that is what happened to our little visitor.Due to the cold wave it had entered into a period of sluggish inactivity, suspended physical activity, or dormancy, as seen in a hibernating animal. 
We settled it down in a shoe-box for the night and released it with successfully the next morning into bright sunlight. 
The storm fizzled out in the Bay and didn't hit Nellore at all!    




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20 comments:

magiceye said...

such a sweet tale...

Satwinder Singh said...

Very Nice.. :)

Punit Dubey said...

It's so sweet! Adorable! :)

rupam sarma said...

Beautiful

amatamari© said...

Oh these are beautiful shots and heat
also my heart...
:-)
A happy new year!!!
:-)

Team G Square said...

Great work ......

Bhupesh said...

Adorable

Bhupesh

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jyothisethu said...

sorry for the mess...
please clean the comments part which i accidentally made and deleted. The reason being that, i logged on with a profile which i don't usually use for blogger. this happened when i tried to access mail using the other profile..
forgive and accept my appreciation for the great photographs...

congratulations...

Kcalpesh said...

A kind deed :-)

John Smith said...

Dear friends!
Sending you this present with my heart and with that you'll be happy in fullest measure. May the happinest things alway happen to you.

Haddock said...

Wow... 170kms/hr...no wonder it is called swift.
Hope it did not get too comfortable in the shoe box.

Irfanuddin said...

how nice of you...taking care of little one...

wonderfully done...:)

Purba said...

That was a "swift" recovery!

And what happened to your other blogs?

Rahul Bhatia said...

That was a very sweet pic! May people be as kind and loving to these nature's blessings:)

vineet said...

sweet indeed :)

Basanti said...

The best way to teach is to practice. What a lesson in kindness, especially for your son. :)
Very sweet.

Glennis said...

It is so special t hold a small bird in your hand and feel its tiny heart pounding and slow calm, before letting it fly free.

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