some parents are too angry to be sensible

One day, he came flying at my face.

The next day, she almost bit off Teja’s finger.

Teja looked around here and there for a while. It’s only when he flattened  his face against the window, and squinted to his left, that he saw the nest with two eggs behind the neighbor’s air-conditioning unit.

The couple cawed away while he looked, flying around agitatedly.

For days now, we cannot open the window. Usually they sit on the bit of scaffolding jutting out at one corner. Sometimes they are at a window in the building across, for a better view.

Every morning, when I draw the curtains, and move the window panes, they come flying in, to make sure I know they are around.

In the afternoons, when we take a nap, they wait for us to wake up. At this time they are usually already sitting on the scaffolding near the window, and as soon as I draw the curtains, they begin cawing loudly, wanting to pick up a fight.

If some day, none of us are around, or refuse to play the game, they come to the grill and peer inside the room, cawing, calling us out.

But whenever we take out a camera, they either fly away or pretend they’ve never been hostile.

The other day, Dhanno mischievously cawed back at them. They’d caw, she’d caw teasingly back in a very bad imitation of their call, until they grew quite frantic. Then she moved a pane, and they came lunging at her, really, really angry. She screamed with fright.

I went and yelled loudly at them and they flew off.

I said, “Right, I’m going to keep yelling at them now. This can’t go on. They’d better behave.”

Dhanno said, “They were protecting their kids, right? So I guess it’s OK for you to want to protect me, no?”

I said, “Yes, they’d better learn who’s the boss.”

Teja said, “Sure, just as long as the window’s closed.”

The little crow babies meanwhile are getting ready to fly.

*fotoos by Dhanno

14 thoughts on “some parents are too angry to be sensible

  1. sanah is asleep, as soon as she is back from school she will get to see this post. its as if she and you were in complete sync today. And today she suddenly pleaded that i get another dvd of lilkee- which was not available at CFSI during the festival. why oh why?

    1. I got some DVDs from CFSI, as gifts during the screening. But they are quite bad. Let me give one to you. It’s a better copy.

  2. Crows normally go for the kill if they think you’re a threat . They’re very protective about their young and their eggs . The way they guard their nest is absolutely amazing .We had one right across our street – watched them right thru the hatching, fledgeling chicks and the flying away 🙂 The flat owners , thankfully came after all that !

    1. Yes, these crows just don’t let up. Now they go around the corner of the building and come to my other window in another room, to tell me they are there. And the nest is not even in our flat.

    1. The nest is in the flat next to ours, on the same wall as our window. The only way I’d be able to shoot it properly, is if I open the window and lean out a bit. But of course, the parent crows won’t let me do that.

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