हजारों परिंदों का पेट भरना ही मेरा आनंद है-Joseph Sekar

This 'birdman' feeds thousands of parakeets at his home every day

Joseph Sekar is a camera mechanic by profession. More widely known as the ‘Birdman of Chennai’ in the city, Joseph is a host to thousands of parakeets who visit him every day. For the past 11 years, the 63-year-old has been spending half of his daily income to feed his feathered friends. A resident of Chennai’s Royapettah area, Joseph diligently puts out 30 kilos of rice on top of his terrace, attracting upto 8,000 birds daily. His mission of feeding birds started years ago during the times of tsunami. Joseph used to put some rice grains and water for squirrels and sparrows to feed on. However, during tsunami, a pair of ring-necked parakeets, a once near-extinct species, started arriving his terrace. In 2015, when the floods hit the city of Chennai, the number of visitors arriving Joseph rose again. While his terrace could accommodate up-to 3,000 parakeets, over 5,000 birds started visiting him.

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