CATCHING FLIES AND HEARTS ❤️

  RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER sounds odd and miscontruce to something dirty. But he’s an attractive male with a Rusty-Orange patch from throat to breast that gives a distinctive pattern for this beautiful flycatcher.   This vibrant plumage not only attracts the female flycatcher but also birdwatchers’ heart too. Spotted in Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary, Guragoan Haryana. This park […]

THE REAL KINGFISHERS

A Small Blue and Golden bird   We all may have grown up reading that ‘Kingfisher is a small fish-eating bird blah blah blah…’, from our school books or social media. This post is its version 2. O. When I toss the term ‘Kingfisher’, the first thing (Sometimes maybe the second thing :p) that comes […]

THE BIRDMAN OF INDIA

Happy 125th birthday.   Today is the 125th birth celebration of renowned ornithologist Salim Ali. Sálim Moizuddin Abdul Ali was born in Mumbai on 12 November 1896. He spent almost his entire life devoted to Ornithology (study of birdwatching) that made him famously known as the ‘Birdman of India’ and he was the first Indian […]

A PICTURE-PERFECT CAMPING

After a rugged and fearful roller coaster ride, we landed in the dark and nowhere terrain. Our guiding light was a waning gibbous moon, and its bone-chilling cold and gushing water was my lullaby. On the following day, early morning, I could still hear the gushing water, which made me wake. The slight drizzle and dim, […]

IT’S A SMALL WORLD – LADYBIRD BEETLE

I met a young lady with a dome-shaped body with six short legs. She was so beautiful, her scarlet red Hubsch Gown with black patterns on its gave a Hollywood celebrity feel. I watched her closely and noticed that she opted for minimal make-up to show off her natural beauty. She might be so busy, […]

A WALK IN THE WOODS – HIMALAYAN TREK SERIES 3

I had to tear myself away from this beautiful place and continue the trek. The days’ trek was promised to be all descent and through the thick Singalila forest. I was more than excited about what lay ahead.  The route to Kalipokhri was mostly bamboo forests, peppered with magnolia trees and occasional dark red rhododendrons, […]

A WALK IN THE WOODS – HIMALAYAN TREK SERIES 2

A brief stop at the pristine Chitrey Monastery on the Indo Nepal border, and what followed was a gradual ascent and level walks through an undulating meadow. The wind was strong and the wind chill was creeping into my bones.   I gazed down the valley as the fog briefly cleared and large bird sad […]

THE MASTER STORK

I was taken on a detour to one of the art shows close to the lake nearby. It was a huge and vast with sun’s spotlight perfectly focused on each and every art piece. The entire space was fitted with an ambient sound to create a natural setting.  While I was watching each and every […]

A WALK IN THE WOODS – HIMALAYAN TREK SERIES

“In order to see the birds, it is necessary to become a part of the silence” – Robert Lynd   We had set off early morning from Chennai, South India and reached Bagdogra close to the afternoon. A slow drizzle began, and we had to hurry on, for a long 5-6 hour drive to Maneybhajang. […]

LOVE BITES IN COORG – VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL

I was on a nature trail and bird-watching tour to one of the romantic getaways in India. It is situated in the lap of the Jade mountain ranges and the gorgeous valleys. Coorg is covered with coffee plantation carrying the tag of the Great Scotland of India.   Coorg is one of the most beautiful, […]

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