IN PHOTOS | How the 'Bird Man of Chennai' created an Eden for parakeets in Royapettah

Published: 10th February 2018 08:44 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th February 2018 01:25 AM  

Scores of feathery-little green parakeets descend on Joseph Sekar's house in Royapettah each day. Ten years ago, the 63-year-old camera technician or 'The Bird Man of Chennai' as he is called, opened his heart and home to over 8,000 parakeets. Take a look at the stunning spectacle. | PTI Photo
Joseph Sekar started feeding parakeets on a small scale in the aftermath of the tsunami, which had displaced not just humans but animals and birds as well. Since then, more and more winged visitors have been flocking to his home on Pycrofts road in Royapettah. | AFP Photo
He spends half of his daily income (around Rs 850) from his camera technician job to feed his feathered friends by keeping about 30 kg of rice on specially set up wooden planks on the terrace of his house. | PTI Photo
A number of bird watchers including several from foreign countries have also been regularly visiting Joseph's house to witness the beautiful sight of the parakeets descending on the terrace to feast. | AFP Photo
During the 2015 Chennai floods, Jospeh Sekar's house had turned into a relief centre for the birds. In an interview to the News Minute, he said he used to put on a raincoat and go up to the terrace twice every day when his house was flooded and there was knee level water. | PTI Photo
He has been quoted as saying in interviews that he never allows the birds to miss a single meal even if he has to go hungry. He reportedly avoids travelling in order to take care of his feathered visitors properly. | PTI Photo
Sekar's daily act of kindness has been documented in several interviews and videos. It's all love, he says in a video. His motto is to spread the message of love and happiness. | PTI Photo
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