In my evening walks I sometimes came across two elderly gentlemen stopping and trying to spot presumably something interesting high up in a group of large trees near the road. I always used to wonder what makes them do this almost like a ritual and so I asked them. They had spotted a bird called ‘Bharadwaj’ which brings good luck to whoever spots it 🙂
Thereafter I too made it a point to always look up at the trees to see if I could see it. And then one day I saw – it was truly a majestic bird. Handsome dignified slightly larger than a crow with black head & tail. Its wings coppery red with brown wings. Wow I was thrilled. As given in Wiki it is also known as the Greater Coucal / Crow Pheasant (Centropus sinensis).
Our summer this year was quite severe and like other bird lovers we started keeping some water under our lime and kadipatta (curry leaves) bushes. At first we did not have any visitors but after a week some bul bul and tailor birds started coming regularly around 4 pm and sipped water and even wallowed in the water to cool off. The one fine day who do we see? Yes the majestic and stately Bharadwaj making his entry cautiously wary initially and then strides confidently to quench is thirst. Soon after enjoying his drink he tip toed off. The best thing is that he comes almost every day around 4 pm – bringing loads of good luck.
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