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Monday, May 22, 2006

To Kill or Not To....

We have this little garden at the back, which is frequented by many birds especially during the summer months. We leave plenty of water for them to drink and bathe, you can sense their happiness. It’s fun to watch them bathing, drying themselves and singing merrily. They let us come so close, perhaps they know that we will not harm them. Quite a few of them make it there home, nest and lay eggs. It gives me so much joy to see they building the nest, lay eggs, the excitement when the chicks hatch and when they grow a little big the parents teaching them to fly. However all those birds have begun to attract quite a few predators, attacking the birds, taking away the chicks, the eggs etc. and that leaves me so upset, like that ‘bulbul’ in the picture, a day after her chicks hatched the nest was attacked by a cat.
Both the little ones of the dove (the one in pic) were taken away by a hawk, the next time they laid eggs a mongoose cleaned the nest. It really upsets me, I want to kill these predators. You see those birds putting in so much effort and then it ends like this in a disaster. The dilemma is that a part of me stops me from killing those predators, I feel that by doing so I will be interfering with nature, after all they kill to survive, to feed their young ones. But what about my birds, the birds who trust me, who take refuge in my home. I actually keep an eye on the nests when ever possible but how long and more often than not those idiots win the battle…what do I do????


  • I know it is hard to watch the birds and the nests destroyed but I think its the instinct to survive that makes the predators kill. so I really dont know if we can blame them.

    Nice pics.got me thinking

    By Blogger starry nights, at 1:17 PM  

  • Hey,
    Wow..such lovely pics
    And I agree even I wldnt know what to do..i wld feel the exact same way!..
    But then I guess nature has its own ways and every creature has been created to take care of itself!
    So dont worry...they'll eventually figure out a way to manage this!

    By Blogger Ekta, at 6:53 PM  

  • nice writing..those pics you put in your blog are so clear..great shots by the way ;;)

    umm..maybe you can try and chase the predators away?..but again it'll for sure freaked out the birds..i know it's so hard to make decisions on this..but whatever you decide..just please make sure the birds still gonna trust you..because we can only make tiny mistake..to ruined everything..take care ;;)

    By Blogger fritz, at 9:39 PM  

  • first of all , i agree w/ ur abt the corruption ... but ....

    By Blogger ~*. D E E P A .* ~, at 12:59 AM  

  • abt the painting ... it is awesome. ... i cant draw on the comp ... have u drawn all this ? or did u draw on paper , scan and then use photoshop ?

    adobe photoshop ... right ?

    By Blogger ~*. D E E P A .* ~, at 1:00 AM  

  • i love the 2nd pic .. the sun walla ... the ripples in the water are so subtle but so powerful

    i also like the grey night sky ... is it a charcoal sketch ?

    By Blogger ~*. D E E P A .* ~, at 1:01 AM  

  • i didnt like the last pic ....

    a note abt this post : pls dont interfere with nature ....
    once, a cat laid itz kittens in our place ... we took the kittens out and kept them in a safe place .... the mother cat started crying miserably for the kittens ... so, we went and brought them .. just as she was abt to go near them , a huge male cat came and killed them all .. so see , if we had not interfered ...

    but yes , it feels bad to stand by and watch them get killed ... cant u remove the cat from there ?? mayb , u'll just have to take better care of the small birds .. what say ?

    By Blogger ~*. D E E P A .* ~, at 1:09 AM  

  • hmm maybe u can build a bird table so the mongoose won't be able to reach it...there must be something to keep them away...but am sorry I don't know what

    By Blogger Maya Cassis, at 6:35 AM  

  • Let nature take its course. But whenever you can, you can look out for them and protect them. That way their chances of survival improves.

    By Blogger Suji, at 10:22 AM  

  • starry:

    sadly tht's true ....the hwaks have to kill to feed themselves.....but y can't they look for there prey else where :(


    u like them..hmm tht's another passion i have..clicking pics :) ...yeah u r rt...


    pics are nice coz those birds let me come close :).....
    ..i have tried chasing them away but they are so resillient once they see the nest they just keep coming back :(


    agree with corruption but wht ??...
    ....thnx for appriciating those paintings.....i can't draw on paper..rather never tried....yeah tht's adobe PS.i just make there....

    tht grey n black painting isnt charcoal....i just used the option...artistic...rough pastels...

    ....uff deeps u shud not be touching kittens..the cats can be dangerous esp when they have lil ones.....
    ..unfortunately the cat cannot be removed its a wild one n visits during night :)ny way thnx deeps tc

    By Blogger Jackal, at 12:44 PM  

  • A very heartfelt post. How did you manage to take these great pics?

    By Blogger arvindh, at 3:41 PM  

  • nice pics...and sad story. :(

    Try and see if you can put up something through which the cats dont reach them....may be put, like a prickly wire close to the tree so that they cant reach them??

    By Anonymous chandni, at 6:02 PM  

  • Excellent pictures, thanks to you for sharing those. Yes you`re right you shouldn`t interfere with nature, the birds know to take care of their young ones and they are doing their best.

    I once rescued a little lovebird from a cat, but just because i had touched it, it`s parents would not accept and i was in tears so keep your distance.

    Great post jackal..!


    By Blogger Srijith Unni, at 9:59 PM  

  • Oh jack! The birds r really so cute! Even in my garden the birds flood the bird bath but the villian is the dog! The dog has actually killed to of them when they were v,v.small...it was so sad to see those birds being caught by this stupid dog.

    Regd ur dilema, if I were u, I wud also feel the same. Thats the way nature is. Well, for that matter even we humans eat chicken, meat etc tho we do not kill them persay. So I guess thats how nature has been designed.

    BTW, on an unrelated issue, if there are any interesting bits on the medical college strike from u as a Delhi-ite, pls do keep us posted. Thanks.

    By Blogger Has to be me, at 8:08 AM  

  • Maya:

    Tht’s a good idea…..but the biggest nuisance are the hawks and its almost impossible to keep them away…


    ‘let nature take its course’ but its hard esp when u get attached to those birds…


    Thnx for coming over…….i manage to get those pics coz those birds let me get close to them ……


    Yeah its sad……will see wht I can do ……


    Thnx for coming over…..few yrs back I wud have not had any qualm in killing those birds..the predators but now I just cannot do it……..the love for nature has got into my system :) ……..
    I know some birds do tht when u touch their young ones or even the eggs..they just leave them…..thnx any way tcc

    By Blogger Jackal, at 11:38 AM  

  • Thanks for dropping by.

    You have to protect the birds, because their numbers are dwindling. A neighbour of mine puts barbed wire around tree trunks. It has been very effective. A fellow bird lover I see :)

    By Blogger silverine, at 6:23 PM  

  • hey jack...luvdd pics....but reading the whole post had me :(((

    There's not much that u can do is there? Leaves us with a sense of utter helplessness...

    try d birdhouse option...though again it wldn't be a natural home for the birds wld it? and how wld u keep the hawks away...hmmm!!! and barbed wire...i just read that in d comment above...but we still got the hawk to worry about...

    m gonna be thinkin of this...:(((

    By Blogger ishita, at 8:10 PM  

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    By Blogger ishita, at 8:10 PM  

  • As for the dilemma I have no answer =( I know that we shouldnt interfere with nature but I can also indentify the urge to do something to protect those birds..
    but do let me know what u end up doing

    By Blogger Aditi, at 8:49 PM  

  • i love Adobe ... more than PaintPro and all

    no updates ?

    By Blogger ~*. D E E P A .* ~, at 9:38 PM  

  • I agree with Silverine. You have to protect the birds; but you should not try and kill the predators. The best you can do is drive away the predators. Nice reading this one.

    By Blogger Sreejith Kumar, at 10:05 PM  

  • this is tough...but, you can't watch the BIRDS all the time!

    i have this pregnant squirrel behind our yard. any moment, the squirrel will give birth.

    i have no solution how to get rid of the other birds. i got rid of this cat who's always on my yard. i didn't kill it! :P just found a solution...

    By Blogger Dalicia, at 10:44 PM  

  • dude lovely pics........i agree with ishita............u have to put up a bird house....birds are so innocent yet so graceful.


    By Blogger Abhialldeway, at 9:02 AM  

  • good photos......

    By Blogger blade, at 10:57 AM  

  • "But what about my birds, the birds who trust me, who take refuge in my home."

    hey thats simply superb!

    Beautiful garden..and birds too!!!


    By Blogger White Forest, at 3:20 PM  

  • Has to be me:

    ‘The birds r really so cute’ no doubt they are……the ones which visit are so cool abt our presence they let us come so close, they don’t fly away at the most they just hop away a lil further….
    ‘I guess thats how nature has been designed.’ …..i know but : (
    Delhi..the doc strike continues its spreading to other places too.. hate these vote bank politics…..


    Haven’t ever used paint pro..adobe yeah its good though I havent got the complete hang of it yet……….


    Thnx Sree for coming over..yeah tht’s wht I have decided…..but at times chasing them away all the time isn’t possible……..


    ‘neighbour of mine puts barbed wire around tree trunks’ the problem is we don’t have those tress…. These are those bushy plants, hedges where these birds are nesting so putting a wire wud not be pratcial…….

    By Blogger Jackal, at 11:44 AM  

  • isihta:

    'There's not much that u can do is there? Leaves us with a sense of utter helplessness...' yeah abosultely rt......




    'i have this pregnant squirrel' hmm u keep a real watch on those squirrels :)



    white forest:


    By Blogger Jackal, at 11:52 AM  

  • typical piscean way..of sympathizing with small and helpless:)
    and amazing pics..
    these birds srt of reminds me of our own existance..whole life we struggle..to mark our nische..2 envelop us in false security..by taking solace in building houses..and material stuff..and at the end of the day..1 blow..nd we r left with nuthing...
    strange is life..and stranger are its ways:(((
    nice and powerful expression as usual..
    GOD bless u

    By Blogger sebia, at 1:26 PM  

  • Hey,
    I too have a garden where lots of birds build their nests and sometimes predators do attack. But I feel killing won't be a good option because firstly it is interference with nature and secondly may be that predator say the cat might be loved by someone, maybe as you love the birds.. So it is best to leave things to nature though it is very difficult to do so.

    By Blogger Priya_Satarkar, at 9:44 PM  

  • sebia:

    'strange is life..and stranger are its ways' absoultely true sebia....


    thnx for coming over.....yeah i have decided not to kill..may be just try n chase them away..lets see how it goes...

    By Blogger Jackal, at 12:01 PM  

  • hmnnn...looks like a problem...

    tell u what, don't try and protect them, atleast dont go out of ur way to help them...if u see some cat trying to destroy the nest or sumthing, u can always shoo her away..but protecting the birds would be interfering with nature's process...let them learn...it would be like holdin the hand of a new born baby all the time and catching him everytime he/she tries to walk and falls...if they don't fall they won't learn...so let it be...i know it's diff once u get attached to them...but it would be good for them ...(and hope I amde some sense!hehe, was in a hurry)
    see ya after exams and thanks for the wishes:) need them:) bye

    By Blogger Yashita, at 11:43 PM  

  • This is Life
    Survival of The Fittest !

    By Blogger Ajay, at 10:43 PM  

  • Hey there Jackal,I feel really sad for your birds. But thats the cycle of nature..preys and predators...aftr all, they are not humans..I've even seen birds (doves & pigeons) giving up their lives when their partners died or were killed. Do you think such things happen with humans? I really doubt. But the pics are really awesome. You are very good with your work...

    By Blogger Priyanka Mahanta, at 2:42 AM  

  • Hi!
    Greetings from ocean away Zagreb, Croatia!
    Just thought you might like to see hawk's nest built at my balcony at 20th floor three years ago. Two squadrons of hawks have been born there on my balcony this so called 'wild birds' chosed for their home.
    Obviously, there is no Empty Nest Sindrome here!

    Unfortunately, only in Croatian language so far.

    But there is also my Spy Birds web page here:
    in English.

    By Blogger Mario Profaca, at 9:13 PM  

  • best siote

    By Anonymous Cat, at 7:49 PM  

  • Excellent, love it! » » »

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:42 AM  

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