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6 / Jun / 2013
About Tern!
River Tern, Kabini Photograph: Dr. Bishan Monnappa Story: Rajesh Ramaswamy

About Tern!

At the outset, we’d like to apologise for not having the will power to resist using this particular caption for this week’s story. It was just so deliciously tempting that we couldn’t help but dive right in to come up with the most obvious pun in the world! But hey…since this fortnight’s piece is ‘about the Tern’, we’ll get down to it without digressing into our creativity, or lack of it! Speaking of diving, the hero of this piece is adept at doing precisely that. If you were a fish swimming indolently in the Kabini River admiring the graceful swoop of the River Tern, we’d advise you to get a move on. Chances are, he’s admiring you in turn (pun not intended), and the size of his smile is directly proportional to how plump you are. If you’ve heeded our warning and lived up to the adage that discretion is the better part of valour, you’ll be fortunate to get a ring-side view as he plunge-dives perpendicularly and scoops up a less fortunate (and plumper) neighbour of yours into his yellow bill, before zooming out and swallowing him, mid-air. He then sets off for a postprandial rap session with his social club of fellow avian fishermen, on the sandbanks by the river, shooting the breeze, and, like fishermen everywhere, boasting about the size of the fish he caught. Speaking of size, this little fellow has a mammoth heart, and doesn’t shy away from confronting opponents several times larger. During breeding season, terns are fiercely territorial and are known to have even chased away rampaging elephants- a sight that has inspired those, including our photographers, who’ve been witness to the spectacle. If you’ve been inspired by our story of this large-hearted little bird, do share it and pass it around. After all, one ‘good tern’ deserves another!

We at Orange County have loved sharing this story with you, and shall bring you one every fortnight, as part of our Responsible Tourism Initiatives to raise awareness about the nature and culture of the environments we operate in.

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  1. Savita Venkatesh says:

    Beautiful stories about each creature and good photography. Please send these stories to my email too, if possible, so that I can show and share it with my little son. Thanks

  2. rcmkm says:

    Excellent Photography

  3. Nilesh Patel says:

    Dear Friends,
    Thanks for good Photo.

  4. Linda and Andy says:

    Thank you Kabini – beautifully written piece…a wealth of puns, so enjoyed by us, the Hipwell’s!
    Beautiful photo capturing the essence of Kabini ….sit, watch and take time to fill your soul and being with all the special things that this place has to offer. Looking forward to the next write up.

  5. Rachana says:

    Wow!!!!It’s superb…..

  6. Raj Dubay says:

    Super Capture as always, catchy write up, interesting rendition of the character!!

  7. Naveen Sara Risvi says:

    You should have terned the photo on its head! Sorry for my tern now! A lovely tern on….

  8. Anu Elisha says:

    I cant decide which is more amazing – the photograph or the write-up! Kudos to both of you. 😉

  9. Trudy says:

    Amazing shot!

  10. jayati says:

    Wonderful write up and play on words. The photograph is worth a thousand words too.

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