Arriving at Sunamganj very early in the morning, I set off on a motorcycle towards Tanguar Haor. After about two hours we landed at Tanguar Golabari Ghat. Leaving my bag at the barge anchored at the wharf of ‘Haor Bilas’ Hotel, I quickly got on the boat of Shiblu Majhi. It did not take long to cross the Rua Beel and reach the junction of Chatainna and Lechuyamara canals. I came here in search of a rare species of migratory bird. But before I saw the rare bird, I saw a rare bird. I first saw him 26 years ago in Satshaiya village of Fakirhat in Bagerhat district. I took a picture of him on Seba’s film camera.
Tanguar haor has not seen rare water
Today, after so many years, I got a little emotional seeing the bird. The bird was searching for snails in the shallow water of the canal. We were not disturbed at all. Shiblu Majhi is slowly advancing with his boat; And we are clicking on the camera. I have come so close to the bird that his whole picture is not in the frame of the camera, yet he is steadfast. I have been able to take pictures of very few birds from so close. At one point, the bird was forced to move away from him. But not afraid at all. Going a little farther, he was busy looking for food again.
The olive-brown feather bird is quite sweet to look at. The bird is native to Europe, Siberia and Central and North Asia. In winter it migrates to North Africa and South Asia. However, it is quite rare in this country. .........................................
The rare migratory bird is called Jalkheni or Ambakukkut. The English name is Eastern Water Rail or Brown-cheeked Rail. Genus-Relidi, scientific name Rallus indicus . Body length is 25 to 26 cm and wingspan is 36 to 45 cm. Females and males weigh 74 to 138 and 8 to 190 grams, respectively.