VIDEO: Bird lover feeds more than 4,000 parakeets a day
A BIG-HEARTED bird lover has been feeding thousands of wild parakeets twice a day for 10 years - from the comfort of his own home.
Among the hustle and bustle of Chennai in southern India, 62-year-old Sekar - known as 'India's Birdman' - rises at 4am to prepare the feed for his feathered friends.
The enthusiast ornithologist, who works as a camera technician, prepares thick rows of rice on planks of wood on his roof terrace.
Up to 4,000 parakeets a day then brighten up the sprawling streets of Chennai in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, as they flock to Sekar's home.
The birds feed once in the morning and once again in the evening - providing a stunning spectacle for people on the streets below.
Sekar's unique connection with the birds began after his city was hit by a Tsunami 10 years ago, and two parakeets sat on his parapet wall.
He said: “Two parakeets brought 10 more - it then started to multiply to 50, 100, and soon thousands began to flock to this place.
"When I see the birds flying joyously, my eyes well up."
When Sekar started feeding the birds he was leaving out 1kg of rice a day, but he is now having to provide 60kg for his thousands of feathered visitors.
In the city of Chennai, where Sekar has lived for 25 years, he has affectionately become known as 'India's Birdman'.
Devraj, 71, said: “Watching him feed the birds is a majestic and spectacular sight. Many people who pass through this way stand and watch him for a long time.”
The camera technician earns £12 a day from his day job, but spends £5 a day on feeding the birds.
The amount of parakeets he feeds varies with the season - but can reach into the thousands.
“Since it is hot in summer, the number shrinks to 1000," Sekar added.
"As the temperature comes down it will reach 4,000 easily."