Rare Birds And Sunshine
15th September 2017
Exotic visitors to the tree house, early on one sunny morning, with the arrival of a pair of giant Indian hornbills, for the first time this year. Their numbers in Goa are only in single figures now, their bills are thought to be an aphrodisiac or remedy for snake bites and such by some.
The monkeys alerted me to their arrival with loud warning chatter, they have a 60 inch wing span, and are one of the 10 largest flying birds in India, so are viewed as a threat, the 6 dogs also then had to put in there accompaniment to the chorus, even if they hadn’t seen the "threat" in the tree tops. The hornbills seemed oblivious to all the racket; they must be used to all the fuss they cause.
The variety and amount of food I am able to collect for the monkeys improves all the time, as new traders keep their damaged and past date items for me .Pomegranates have always been a favorite with all the monkeys ,and I have been buying them from time to time as a special treat. Because the skins mark easily, and they then can’t be sold, there was a lot of wastage, but I now have all these donated for the monkeys by the wholesaler, so they have gone from being a rare treat, to a regular free food item. Being in captivity certainly has its advantages, when it comes to the wide variety and choice of fruit and veg , enjoyed by our residents.
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