Wildlife photographer, bird watcher... this man plays multiple roles for his love for nature
Perinjanam (Thrissur): There are many regular visitors at the residence of wildlife photographer Sreejith Maliyekkal as he has arranged a platform for feeding birds and squirrels at his house here.
Parrots, myna, sparrow, oriental magpie-robin (Vannathikkili) and many other local birds come to the feeding platform regularly. They return after feasting on the food, drinking the fresh water kept in clay pots on the tree branches and taking a dip in the artificial water ponds.
Sreejith got attracted to nature after he started exploring forests 20 years ago. The 41-year-old also is passionate about bird watching. Now Sreejith's house resonates with the chirps of different birds. The fruits on the trees in the compound also are for the birds and squirrels. Different varieties of butterflies visit his specially prepared butterfly garden.
Sreejith has already captured nearly 700 rare wildlife pictures using a camera which he bought with a loan 4 years ago. He is the recipient of the award for the best photo instituted by World Wild Animals Group last year. His forest trips were affected after the COVID lockdown was imposed, he continued to shoot about 8 short films related to COVID awareness and circulated them through social media.
Sreejith's mother Ramani and wife Jayanthi also support him. He conducts study classes on environmental protection for the children of new age. Though he is struggling with financial difficulties, Sreejith has plans to organise an exhibition of his photos on a larger platform.