Nok Khao

From the hammock under the house, I can clearly see a bird nest in the papaya tree growing in Eid’s mother’s small front garden. Unfortunately, it isn’t very visible in photos taken from the hammock, but if I walk a few steps closer, I can get a very good view of the nest and its residents.

I took the first photo of the nest on the day that we arrived here, and then suggested that we should try to ignore it, or the mother might abandon it and her chicks. But Eid’s mother said that this bird (called nok khao in Thai; no idea what the English name is, but it seems to be some kind of small dove) actually prefers to nest near humans, as we scare off larger predatory birds. So it was good to learn that we as a species serve some kind of purpose after all.

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