Someone in our neighbourhood keeps chickens. I’ve come to this conclusion because we can hear chicken noises somewhere in the distance. Last weekend, though, crowing was heard very close by, and we were surprised to find – not a partridge in a pear tree, but a rooster in the curry leaf tree!
It arrived in the morning, and sat up in the tree for a couple of hours before daringly moving lower to the remains of our kaffir lime plant. It was a good thing that our dogs were used to the crowing around the neighbourhood, otherwise they would have gone to investigate the sounds from the rooster, which kept crowing sporadically and clucking occasionally. Unfortunately, the dogs have a good sense of smell, and the rooster had to fly off quickly when they discovered its presence.
This feathered beauty took refuge on our neighbour’s roof for a while before flying elsewhere. We could hear it but not see it. I couldn’t help but be reminded of Rocky the flying rooster from the movie Chicken Run, whose character liked to roam free. I guess the animators from that film got their inspiration from real roosters.
The rooster is still roaming around. It can be heard in different areas of the neighbourhood every day. It was nice to actually see it, though.