Hello hello, Sara here! Thanks for pouring in your entries to my ‘Nature with Sara’ section, in which we find a beautiful way to enjoy nature, while still being locked in.
Here is a wonderful coming together of epistolary (letter writing) creative writing with a love for the vibrant world of scarlet ibis birds, by 13 year old Aanya Surana from Kolkata.
Aanya Surana is a student of Lakshmipat Singhania Academy, studying in class nine. English has been one of the most fascinating subjects to her. She goes to Word Munchers.
42 Ribbon Street
26th November, 2020
Its been a while since we have caught up with each other, I hope you’re doing well. I know we’ve lost touch ever since I moved to Brazil for my further studies, but I really miss you and would do anything to stay as attached and close as we were before.
The weather here is so beautiful currently and the autumn season is passing and the winter is setting in and during this time of year we generally have expeditions and for this year as a part of the science class activity we went to a bird sanctuary, it was so beautiful. I was in charge of a group of children from class six and we were led by an ornithologist. He was so experienced that he could identify the only check with their chirping noise. We saw a number of birds but across the lake there was a beautiful flock of vibrant, colourful, scarlet coloured birds which was were rare species known as scarlet ibis.
I was so mesmerized seeing the beautiful red bird that I could sit there forever and enjoy the calmness around her. Our ornithologist told a lot about that bird and I found it very interesting . He told us that the scarlet ibis is a sociable and gregarious bird, and very communally-minded regarding the search for food and the protection of the young. I thought that it would be a fun activity to feed the bird so the students and I asked our guide their check what it check and he said that it had a varied diet and that it and it ate stuff like crabs frogs worms and insects. Hearing this the students stepped back from feeding it because they were terribly scared of worms and insects themselves!
We went further inside the sanctuary and saw numerous and rare species of the bird. It was a trip to remember.
Give my greetings to uncle and aunt and I hope you like the pictures I have sent because I know you love nature and everything about it.
Hope to see you soon.
Your loving friend,
Fun fact #2 : The scarlet ibis is a gregarious bird, living, traveling, and breeding in flocks.
While in flight, ibises form diagonal lines or V-formations. This formation decreases wind resistance for trailing birds. When the leader of the pack tires, it falls to the back of the formation and another ibis takes its place at the front.