Winter storm Helena was supposed to hit us harder. Six inches of snow, failed power, and freezing pipes. The storm came and went, and the dull morning made way for a bright and sunny afternoon. Then the birds began to come out
Cut off from the world, the hours and days were filled with sights and experiences. Birds, inclement weather and elusive mammal sightings made this trip to Pangot memorable. It was digital detox royale!
Trees are an inconvenience. Leaves falling, light being blocked, snakes showing up, tree roots destabilizing the walls, the need to widen the approach road – we have so many excuses to cut down our trees, and none for planting one.
In Valparai, an Eden of wilderness tucked away in the Anaimalai range of the Western Ghats, wildlife is easy to observe… and miss.
While the glens and vales of the Nilgiris cope with a torrent of tourists, the resident and endemic birds have the hills to themselves. There’s no better time to observe them nesting and bringing up their families. Without moving a muscle, just to prove that lazy birding does have its rewards.
Many birders shun Ranganathittu for the artifice of its environs and the easy photographic pickings. But the birds seem at home here, and that matters! Here’s a photo-essay from a recent visit when the Eurasian Spoonbills had just started to fledge and the Asian Openbill Storks were nesting
Visiting the same location time and again has been the secret of this year’s winter birding escapades. It’s March but the migrants are still here. Among this week’s surprises was a flock of Garganey, wintering ducks from Europe that I have observed at Kaikondrahalli for the first time
The Great Backyard Bird Count came to a close on Sunday evening, with nearly 70 species surveyed from three lakes in the neighbourhood. A surprisingly decent list for an otherwise unrewarding winter
This is the weekend of the Great Backyard Bird Count. All of 64 species from two neighbourhood lakes. Not bad for a morning’s backyard birding!
Among the diversity of habitats in the Seychelles, the mangroves are intriguing for the life forms they shelter. One such habitat, made accessible and enjoyable for the curious visitor by means of a wooden walkway, is close to the Avani Seychelles Barbarons Resort and Spa. The Vacoa Nature Trail takes you into the heart of the mangrove swamp beside the sea, urging you to watch crabs, fish, insects and birds that inhabit this unique ecosystem