Have you seen a crow with its food?
The way it looks at the food and then examines it before eating — be it leftover food thrown away in a dustbin or rotting meat or even fresh rice that many Hindus serve as offerings to ancestors.
Their behaviour is more or less the same… A sudden flapping of wings as they land near the food, then an examination of what the food is, then a quick look around, a tiny sampling, and then gobbling it all up. And sometimes, just sometimes, a caw and then some more of appreciation. 🙂
Last year, during a visit to the Hatu Mata Temple at Himachal Pradesh, I came across a crow and its intense deliberation of a dried up pile of dung. I was photographing flowers when I heard a caw and looked up to see and then photograph an entire sequence with the crow.
I had kind of forgotten about these set of photographs and found them while I backing up the photographs. And voilà, an entire narrative emerged. In the crow’s words of course. 😉
Smells interesting. Looks a little dry on the outside, but might be moist and juicy on the inside. I think I’ll go for it. And what luck that my tribe is not around. Caw… Caw… Caw..
I think I should look around. Just in case, you know… Zamana kharaab hai
Uh oh… there’s a human looking straight at me with some kind of a contraption.
I think I’ll just ignore the human and look away and pretend that it doesn’t exist. Maybe the human will go away.
D**n ! The human is still there. I’ll look the other way now.
Hmfph ! That is one persistent human, I must say ! I’ll just fly off and come back after a while.
And just like that the crow flew off !
I love crows. I love everything about them — their glossy black feathers, their alert and beady eyes, the ruffled look when they get all defensive and well… ruffled, their aggression and how they wear down intruders and invaders with their incessant cawing. I love the way they take afternoon siestas on the window ledge outside my office window in summers, and huddle together during the monsoons.
But most of all, I love how expressive they are. I own some charcoal drawings of crows and they are among my favourite works of art that I own. Just like the birds themselves. 🙂
Do you like crows?