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In the society of birds

Subha J Rao
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Chatline Subha J Rao joins members of the Coimbatore Nature Society for a morning walk and returns all chirpy

Sunday. Sholaiyur, 7.30 a.m. The air is filled with birdsong. Cocking their ears to identify them are 30-odd people, including ‘Daddyji’. He walks first, a collapsible chair slung across his shoulder. “I’m going further inside,” he announces to the bunch following him —students, businessmen, engineers, doctors and homemakers, united by their love for birds. Suddenly, ‘Hornbill, hornbill’ someone urgently whispers. People whip out a bird book while the more knowledgeable ones pronounce, ‘Malabar Grey Hornbill’. Each one takes his turn to spot the bird with the cackling call. Soon, a cloud of butterflies takes off in the far distance. And the members of the two-year-old Coimbatore Nature Society (CNS) smile, about a morning well spent.

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