Assam farmer provides a home to over 12,000 egrets

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Dirong Kothalguri (Assam), May 15 (ANI): Kameshwar Rabha, a farmer in the Dirong Kothalguri Goalpara region of Assam, has proved himself to be a worthy ornithologist.

He has endeavoured to provide an apt natural home to nearly 12,000 birds, mostly egrets and thus lend a fillip to conservation of these rare winged beauties.

'Bogoli' (egret) is a bird that is widely found in Assam, and this bird is like the cuckoo, which has found its place in the heart of Assamese poets and writers.

Rabha has been emotionally attached to the egret birds and he has dedicated to conserve them at all costs.

In turn, his endeavour has lured scores of tourists and other wildlife lovers to come over the village to watch the hundreds of flying and chirping egrets.

"It's a unique experience. Inspite of not having any environmental campaign or any educative policies here, I have seen the people are very much interested in conserving nature and especially these egrets, which I have seen today. It is really marvellous," said Utpala Goswami, a visitor.

No wonder, the bird watchers visiting this village are all praise for the efforts of this simple farmer-cum-ornithologist.

"I have been here since last 15 years and now I am trying to preserve these birds because I love them very much. And all of us are aware that that these egrets have been a part and partial of our songs meant for the young hearts. So it's our duty to preserve this bird and thus I am thinking that even at cost of the bamboos, which give me earning. I will not chop these bamboos to sell and make money since they provide a home for these birds," said Rabha.

Rabha wants these egret birds should exist forever as such he has resolved to dedicate his time, labour and resources for their conservation. (ANI)

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