“Ye…why not?” I seemed to internally mutter to myself
There comes a point in ones life where you just need to watch some birds
There is no harm in this simple almost primitive fascination
Yet Jaffna is not the first place you would think to be a bird watchers’ paradise
Come and expect to be surprised…Oh the wonders you will stumble upon
Make sure to wake up before the crack of dawn
Pushing aside the morning retribution of last night’s forgone toddy
Do not forget your glasses, your binoculars and/or your huge F*off lens on the DSLR
And jump onto a push bike, scooter, tuk tuk, bus, car, 4WD, truck, train
Anything really that will you get you onto the land bridge connecting Jaffna to Kayts (pronounced /kites/)
An apt name really, for a place where the kites are in fact natures very own
Sailing amongst the gentle breeze of the Palk strait
Under the cool sun waking up from its slumber
The palette of the sunrise splashed across the horizon
As if getting off the couch and stepping into a David Attenborough tele-episode on ABC2
Forget yoga retreats, meditation camps and circling around statues 3 times
THIS …is the happy place we’ve been searching for
Who would have thought?
A good old-fashioned gander in Jaffna of all places
I’m not going to pretend that I know the array of avian local and migratory species on offer
However, I do know that if you are lucky
You may come across some migrating flamingos (pictured above)
Apparently from Siberia, a local doctor is known to proclaim
And as the sun rises
The town comes to life
Grab a whiff of that morning peninsular breeze
Before the dry heat of the North kicks in
Aeration factor 8/10
You will not be disappointed. I assure you
* Siberian flamingo photo credit by amateur professional photographer Hari Darshan taken with a big F*off DSLR camera lens
** Bird watching season in Jaffna is roughly between September to March give or take
***The Siberian flamingo is a misnomer (most likely secondary to a communication error with Dr Sivasothy) and is actually ‘The Greater Flamingo’ not ubiquitous in sub-Artic Siberia apart from the odd Huckleberry Finn sub-species
****If interested (like how I surely was) please refer to this Vice article for further reading about the fascinating migratory patterns of the greater flamingo:
***** Does not go without saying, highly recommend in your latest addition to the sarong cupboard. The one Periamma got me; was where the money was at
Sunrise over Kayts. On the way to watch some birds. Taken with my trusty iPhone.
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