The celebrated neighbours

The celebrated neighbours

Resumed the roadkill survey after quite a gap. I was on my usual trajectory in Old Valparai, when i was forced to deviate.

The Govt. school i have mentioned in my earlier post had all its pupil in the front yard . They were out (they are more often out than in) waiting for the teacher to come and open the school. The frantic waving from a distance soon turned into a wave of excited children. They told me (all at once) about their sighting of the Great hornbill near their school. Responding to their interest towards the bird in the last interactive session, i had told them all about its peculiar nesting habits. I was delighted to hear one bunch of kids mimic the call, the other describe what it was doing a third explaining the way it gobbled up the fruits. It looked like the hornbills had turned into a celebrity neighbour.

Now i am exhilarated to work on the picture cards for a hornbill story that i developed. Meanwhile, i asked the students to describe and observe at least 3 animals in their surroundings.

Pinning the tail of the Hornbill, blindfolded
Pinning the tail of the Hornbill, blindfolded
Laughter, as the tail goes helter skelter
Laughter, as the tail goes helter skelter

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