In Rishi Valley, where trees and rocks are teachers, watching butterflies is a highly enjoyable part of the education. Here are field notes from wandering around the school grounds spotting butterflies on the last morning of 2017.
Winter has come to Bengaluru’s Kasavanahalli Lake but the migrants are slow to arrive. A few sandpipers here, a few wagtails there and the odd Warbler or Ashy Drongo or two. It’s a slow start to winter birding in 2018
From an apparition to a presence, the endangered Yellow-throated Bulbul regaled us with an appearance on a short birding walk at Rishi Valley.
Daytime wildlife spotting in the rainforest can be luckless. But then, walking the coastal trail at Bako National Park, we met the extraordinary Colugo aka the Sunda Flying Lemur
An unplanned trip to Manchanabele leads to some interesting bird-watching. But also a residue of sadness
Few distractions can thwart a morning of birding, especially in late winter when it’s time to “clean up” the migrants. However, stopping to watch a troop of Tufted Gray Langur feast on flowering Gliricidia at Horsley Hills is certainly one
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