Ask any South Mumbaikar about the best places for bird watching and they’ll suggest nearabouts of Colaba Woods at Cuffe Parade and Hanging Gardens at Malabar Hill. We’d like to mention one more recent addition — Aarti Surendranath’s home at Breach Candy. The ad film producer has a bird bath which has been attracting all kinds of feathered creatures including parrots, sparrows and crows, but she got the shock of her life when she saw an eagle perched on her terrace a few days ago. ‘It was large enough to seem dangerous but it was just sitting there immobile. When I looked closer I realised it was completely dehydrated. I had some food and water put near it but for three hours it just sat there motionless, which is when I realised that it was in such a bad condition that it didn’t have to energy to hop across to where the food was,” said Aarti. While vultures have disappeared, sparrows and eagles seem next on the list, mostly because of disappearing habitat and the the scarcity of natural water bodies. “It takes nothing to put some water out for birds and I wish more people would understand how much it helps their survival, especially in cities,” she told this diarist. The postscript is that though it took the great bird almost four hours to gather its energy, it finally winged its way, fitfully rested and sated.