It’s said that a good photograph takes an instant out of time, and alters life by holding it still. It’s also said
that the best still images, are moving. They move you beyond time and space, move you emotionally, spiritually and
intellectually; move you because they tell an entire story, in a single frame. This, then, has been the philosophy
behind LIFESCAPES; to share with you, the lore of our land, in the form of a fortnightly photo-essay. Every fortnight, we shall
share with you a slice of life at our locations, told in a single, compelling picture with a short
We, at Orange County, hope that you will enjoy this offering, and share that joy with your friends. This would help immeasurably in our Responsible Tourism Initiatives by kindling the spark of interest in the nature and culture of our land.
A Bird in the Clock…
If you’re a Dunnock, Pipit or a Eurasian Reed Warbler, you could be excused for walking around with a slightly confused expression. We empathise with the Warbler mom who lovingly tends to her eggs, and watches proudly as they hatch only to have one of the hatchlings respond to her maternal entreaties with a ‘cuckoo’ instead of warbling back. She may not realize it but she’s just one in a long line of birds that’s been ‘Cuckooed’! That’s because the Common Cuckoo of Kabini is a brood parasite, which essentially means that she prefers to lay her eggs in the nests of other birds. Not for her, the sweat and toil of building a cozy home for her newborns; why bother when there are other homes to gatecrash? In fact, hen Cuckoos have been known to visit over fifty such involuntary hosts during a breeding season, leaving behind a gift of one of her offspring, after pushing one of the original occupants out of the nest. As an aside, we’d advise those of you in the charity fundraising business to never visit a Cuckoo home for contributions to a Child Fund…chances are they’ll donate some children to the fund! Not content with the unsavoury tag of a ‘brood parasite’, this bird also gave birth to the label of ‘cuckold’ that was appended to husbands in medieval England, whose wives, allegedly like hen Cuckoos, changed paramours regularly. On a happier note, the call of a Common Cuckoo has been seen, over the ages, as the harbinger of spring across Europe. In fact, their association with the heralding of time, created an entire industry with Cuckoo Clocks in the 17th century, using the bird’s call as an accepted way of announcing the hours. Of course, how popular these clocks were with married middle-aged men in the England of those days is debatable!