The wetland at the back of our house provided the opportunity to watch a wide variety of birds in their natural habitat.  The avian flocks that inhabit the marshland were not only non-migrant but also mobile in behaviour.

David Hatch, the famous ornithologist, was considered worthy of respect in his own right. He was a lively gentleman and lived a very simple life. I friended him and sent him a letter of invitation to join me for an outing to the marshland. One fine morning David entered my office and said in a serious tone: “Let’s go to the moor tomorrow morning, chum.”

Next morning we set off for the swamp. “Take a peek, mate!” the conservationist suddenly cried out. He pointed at the marshland that lay ahead. My gaze shifted, and I cried out in surprise, “The green cover has almost disappeared!” David gazed at the mire as he spoke, “Yeah, the water body is robbed of the hyacinth beds.” “What will happen to the flocks of wintering water birds?”  I wondered. “God save them!” A look of anguish crossed David’s face. “This loss of greenery will turn away birds, as the natural habitat is lost already,” I reflected. “This area must be protected at all costs,” David expressed. “It’s a real gem.”

A vehicle pulled in at the side of the water body. City municipal workers alighted from the vehicle. “Leave the premises,” a civic worker yelled at us. Astonished, I questioned, “Why?” “The municipal corporation has started a cleaning overdrive,” the civic worker said. David looked worried and upset. “Hey,” he said, “fewer flocks would descend here for want of roosting places.” “I’ve nothing to do with it,” said the civic worker. “It is an order.”

The civic workers acted with haste and started to clean out the green hyacinth beds. “Oh please. Don’t you destroy the hyacinth beds. They belong to the birds!” David looked upset. As soon as the small flock of birds saw the human inhabitants of the earth, they flew away.

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Voice-Team
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7 months ago

A heartbreaking tale of the loss of home that endangers the belonging of all of us. Great use of the prompt! 

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
8 months ago

Great story and a subject very close to my heart. It makes me angry to see schools or hospitals knocked down because the powers that be say that they aren’t needed. Then houses are built on that land. A few years later they decide that these places are needed after all and use green belt land to build them on. The loss of meadowland and wild verges is badly affecting the insect population and, in turn, the animals and birds that feed on them. It makes me feel ashamed to be human sometimes. Good job.

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Fuji
Fuji(@fuji)
8 months ago

Thank you for this story, Dipayan. It is a hard message to hear, but one we all need to be aware of. We had a paradise here on this beautiful planet, and we are destroying it. Thank heavens for all the caring people on this site who are trying their best to live in ways that don’t harm other living things.

sujoy sarkar
sujoy sarkar(@sujoy-sarkar)
8 months ago

A short but very important message has been given through your story. We should keep these things in mind when we are regularly encroaching into the natural habitat of the wild animals and birds.

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Biswadeep Chakraborty
Biswadeep Chakraborty(@biswadeep-chakraborty)
8 months ago

Worth reading to enrich vocabularies

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Indranil Dasgupta
Indranil Dasgupta(@indranil-dasgupta)
8 months ago

Yes. Across the world, birds as well as animals are losing their natural habitat. Wonderful topic covered.

Raja Guha
Raja Guha(@raja-guha)
8 months ago

You always write very nice. This too was a fabulous piece. I wish we will get a lot to read from you in this year. Best wishes Bobby.

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Abhijit Ghosh Dastidar
Abhijit Ghosh Dastidar(@abhijit-ghosh-dastidar)
8 months ago

Excellent one!

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
8 months ago

As always, this is another very good story from you, Dipayan. Short but full of great messages. Excellent.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
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8 months ago

You’re most welcome, Dipayan.

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Bhaskar Chakraborty
Bhaskar Chakraborty(@bhaskar-chakraborty)
8 months ago

So true and original topic you have chosen Mr Dipayan. It is happening every where.

arijit mukhopadhyay
arijit mukhopadhyay(@arijit-mukhopadhyay)
8 months ago

The message conveyed through this short story is powerful !

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Biswadeep Chakraborty
Biswadeep Chakraborty(@biswadeep-chakraborty)
8 months ago

Unfortunately, so called humane society killing all other living creatures.

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Rupak Banerjee
Rupak Banerjee(@rupak-banerjee)
8 months ago

Excellent Story….keep writing ????????????????

sujaya dasgupta
sujaya dasgupta(@sujaya-dasgupta)
8 months ago

Beautifully penned…

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Piyali Ganguli
Piyali Ganguli(@piyali-ganguli)
8 months ago

Your story really touched my heart. It is a very serious issue that you have highlighted and you did it so beautifully. In my personal life I have seen wetlands disappearing and forest lands getting encroached. I feel so strongly about it. Thank you for this one.

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Subhro Mitra
Subhro Mitra(@subhro-mitra)
8 months ago

I also like Dipayan’s writing style. Will look forward for his next article.

Arunava Sarkar
Arunava Sarkar(@arunava-sarkar)
8 months ago

Keep writing such stories man!!!

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Shreyasi Roy
Shreyasi Roy(@shreyasi-roy)
8 months ago

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Fuji
Fuji(@fuji)
7 months ago

Congratulations on a well-deserved win, Dipayan. It seems that climate change concerns are very dear to your heart. What a great use of your talent to write about these concerns and bring them into the public awareness. It helps to know that so many people care.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
7 months ago

Congratulations, Dipayan. I am so happy for you. Keep on writing.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
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7 months ago

You’re most welcome. Dipayan.

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