Lakkoor: A 'resort' for birds is the contribution of retired teacher Gopinathan Nair of Puthenpura, Lakkoor to fellow creatures. The resort is, in fact, the compound of Nair’s house itself, where he has attached special platforms to each tree on which water and feed are kept.
During the last four years, it has been Nair’s routine to spend some time with his guests in the morning and evening. He fills the pots and pans on the platforms with water and also offers food on banana leaves.
An avid nature lover, Nair had set out to convert his house compound into a place of rest and recreation for the birds realising their helplessness and difficulties in finding drinking water during summer. His efforts have borne fruit to such a degree that he gets regular guests like a crow with its brood and Malabar jungle babblers. Squirrels also make use of the facilities and stick to a strict time schedule, according to Nair.
With urban as well as rural areas sweltering, birds reach Nair’s compound for some relief. When thirst and hunger leads to exhaustion, the winged guests head to Nair’s ‘resort’ for rejuvenation. The place then becomes lively with chirps, hoots and shrieks. There is playfulness all around and Nair’s kind heart is filled with happiness.
The birds not only quench their thirst and satiate hunger, but also have a royal bath in the water-filled vessels. Some birds take home ‘parcels’ of food for the young ones in their nests.
Now, even at age 75, Nair - a former panchayat member - is determined to continue with his sympathetic gesture as long as he could.