all watched helplessly…
rude awakening to a tranquil dawn resulted from the incessant bleating of
the birds. Birds that were savoring the silence of the lonely beach in
their slumber. It look a few moments before reality seeped into their
sleeping selves, yet in an instance adrenaline flowed freely and spread
the terror of the impending atrocities that were bound to follow. A loss
beyond imagination for them but just another day for the rest of the
world. Another unfortunate link added to the unending chain of wrongs
perpetuated on their lot.
were just two men, just two men who walked towards the hundreds of birds
as they exchanged hurried communications to decide on the immediate course
of action. Nothing substantial could be thought of in the grip of panic. A
frenzy of activity had us shaken up even worse. Sadly, though collectively
stronger, they could not outnumber these two men.
were approaching them cautiously. They had to be cautious, for in the few
minutes that they would spend on this island, they would have to spell out
a tragic loss for the birds that the passing of years would fail to heal.
It was then that one bird, woken up by deep slumber, instinctively
searched around to assure herself about the safety of her eggs. They were
right below her, nestled comfortably. This taken care of, she then came
alive to the surroundings and began voicing her concern about the
commotion that she now heard. Suddenly she sighted the two men around
thirty wings away from her. Shocked by their sight she sheared the
atmosphere around her with her hysterical high pitched string of screams.
For, these men were gathering the huge eggs of these birds in buckets.
sudden shrill move did unnerve the two, but only for a second, then it had
the most undesirable and adverse effect on them, for they changed
direction and headed towards hers.
of the birds could only cry out in uncontrolled screams as they saw them
assault this bird with the prods that they held in their hands. She
withstood the poking for a couple of times, knowing that the pain caused
by the pricks of the prod would be nothing compared to what she had seen
the other birds endure for the rest of their lifetimes after such similar
on beyond her capacity to endure pain in protecting her young ones, every
red blot of blood that emerged a few moments after the prod wounded her
frail body and spirit placed another stone of defeat in her. She withered
in pain without budging an inch while cracking her voice and screaming
continuously. Her lungs were exploding from inside and her body was being
pierced from outside.
end, her frail body reacted involuntarily and unwittingly she was forced
to step back a few paces and distance herself from her young ones. That
was all the time that they wanted, they hurriedly reached out for the big
well sized eggs that she was treasuring since the past few weeks and moved
on to other victims.
than half an hour the two men headed back to their boat, their job done.
Discussing in leisurely tones, the possible profits that the day’s hard
work would get them, among other banal aspects of their pathetic
victims were still in a state of utter shock, and for the rest of the
birds, the knowledge that the heavens were kind to them today offered a
very small sigh of relief, for this nightmare, that showed no signs of
ceasing, would recur every time the sun rose through out the breeding
season for the rest of their lives.
all, there was nothing that they could do to fight back and stand up for
their families and themselves. To weep and scream out while they watched
was all that their cognitive elements could express. They were left
wishing in vain for the miracle that never came, one that would somehow
instill some trace of humanity in these inhuman creatures whose visits
were worse then the demon of death for these birds, for they were made to
suffer a living hell.
flapped hurriedly as they soared up in the skies to offer their final
good-byes with helpless pleas, oblivious to any stance of pain. They flew
as close to the boat as they dared to, and followed it as far as they
could. Trying to prolong the last glimpses that they got of their young
ones. Another last look as they were being led by their captives to their
all continued to watch helplessly...
(Instances of humans
preying on the eggs of birds, dwelling in neighboring uninhabited islands,
every day, are not uncommon.)