I think everyone is born a morning person. We just uneasily grow out of it. There is a certain fluidity to our productive capabilities that crumbles into uncomfortable silos as the day progresses. There is some charm to it too. Cities look cleaner. People smell nicer. More importantly, birds show up in the largest possible numbers.
The dawn has me awake and impassioned about the remaining hours. It doesn’t matter if the excitement wears off by the time dusk comes calling. A few hours of radiance is all it takes to build a powerful case study about the universe.
But we must choose to first start with how things aren’t all that bad.
Oriental White-Eyes, resident breeders and hill-dwellers in south India, are my favourite company to have breakfast with. They look like pocket-sized dreamlike possibilities. They blend in with the local vegetation so seamlessly that it wouldn’t be silly to mistake them for daffodils with attitude.
Their bright-yellow jackets, white undercoats and bespectacled irises match their sociable personalities. They are highly arboreal too, often resorting to acrobatics to avoid descent.
It is interesting to note behaviour of Oriental White-Eyes with the other local passerine birds. As thieving as they can be about building nests, they have been documented to indulge in inter-specific feeding.
Breakfast, after all, is the healthiest meal of the day. Leave it to birds to teach us the importance of sharing it. And leave it to musicians to create soundtracks for the sun to come out to, in peace.
(Photographs: Kodaikanal – Tamil Nadu and Gavi – Kerala)