Saturday, June 21, 2008

The Duck Tales

Set for the leap..

It had always been among my simpler dreams to rear a paddle of ducks. Its something of a wish that you tend to procure wacthing all those lush green fields and ducks swarming into water pools in unison, often a sight from some movie. A few days ago, the day after my lab exams to be precise, I had a chance to be with such a paddle.
A rather peaceful lot

The ducks were reared through a feet deep muddy fields, now water-logged owing to the monsoon rains. I stepped off my bike and went with the paddle for about a kilometre or so. It was pure fun, making the ducks run one way to the other, always doing so in a group. Two men on both flanks assured that the gaggle always moved in single general direction despite their helter-skelter runs.
Can you see the other end??

Upon being asked how they could manage to cage every single duck everyday, the men confessed that its damn tough to get near ducks if you are a stranger, but not so once they know you. Ducks have a tendency to follow the one in the front, and hence, marching the leader in the direction the men decide gets the others humming to the same tune as well!!! Interesting, isn't it??!!

Just another view, nothing big!!

There were about 200+ ducks in the swarm. The men walk with them everyday from noon till twilight before closing them in the pen. It was a remarkably unique experience and a bouquet of everlasting freshness..

One Dream fulfilled...
Many to go...
Buzzing Off...
P.S: being a stranger to the ducks, I couldn't get close enough to take better pics.The above pics are good when seen in zoom mode.

11 comments:

Hailstone said...

From Kuttumukku padam??

May all your dreams come true...

Anonymous said...

i couldn't see the pics... loading problem. the description was well enough. great experience right?

Anonymous said...

the previous anonymous was me. raman'

Bristow said...

Poetic description dear...It's a great thing to find happiness in small things and it's good to see a person so happy...

One marked... many to go... All the best...

Devidas said...

@ priya
yup its kuttimukk padam...
around 3 afternoon..
and thanks 4 the extended wishes.. :)

Devidas said...

@ raman
... it was really a wonderful experience.. fr a urban grown like me, all these small precious moments maer a lot. anybody for that matter would be enthralled by this experience had they been there.. of course, given that its your first time...

Devidas said...

@ bristow
you are someone who has always appreciated this virtue... thank you for the comments.. i could find real joy in being able to be there on that day.
these simpler things tend to lift spirits for a while even though the depressing walks of monotonous life still exists outside the nutshell.

RoHiT 'Z' CoOl said...

cool entry/experience...
nice description/moments...

നിവിലാന്‍ said...

feeling all the childish joys of accomplishing and experiencing simple funs..???? nice yaar.. u 've to have a pure heart for that.. jus dun ruin it with... u kno wat. hah ha.. by d bye, if u luv ducks, thn get on a boat in the kottayam-kumarakam region...
"http://malabar-express.blogspot.com/2008/01/blog-post_06.html"
something for u.. it's in malayalam, would be difficult to raed, bt the picz are worth it...

നിവിലാന്‍ said...

and by d way, if u plan to go, do call me, i too wanna..[:D]

Devidas said...

i just read thru the blog nivil... its an interesting read...
thanks for the link...

and ya.. there are plans of an all boys trip.. i'll surely make it a point to call you...
:)