Author: Arjun Basandrai
Little Cormorant (Microcarbo niger) Size(48-52cm): As the name suggests, it is the smallest Cormorant that can be found in India. Area: Widespread resident over much of the region except the Trans-Himalayas Habitat: Lakes, ponds, river and estuaries. Basically any water body. My two words: A very common sighting across much of India. Can be easily…
Cormorants (Phalocrocoracidae) Cormorants are medium to large sized fishers. All the 3 species of Cormorants that are found in India are dark coloured. Some species have coloured facial skin. The Great Cormorant has yellow and a white gular patch, the chin is yellow with a patch of white skin after yellow.
Spiti Sojourn – Spiti Valley – Part 4 – The Moon Lake – Chandra Taal
Spiti Sojourn – Spiti Valley – Part 4 – The Moon Lake – Chandra Taal On 28 June, 2019, a beautiful day dawned with a promised chill and some overhanging clouds over Kaza. At around 1 in the afternoon, we packed up and began on an amazing journey towards Chandra Taal!! The day was jampacked…
Spiti Sojourn – Spiti Valley – Part 3 – Local Sightseeing
Spiti Sojourn – Spiti Valley – Part 3 – Local Sightseeing After a tiring journey from Kalpa to Kaza, we were all too tired, so, we woke up quite late at around 8-9 am. As it was quite late to go anywhere far off, the plan for the day was to visit the beautiful villages…
Spiti Sojourn – Spiti Valley – Part 2 – Entering Spiti
Spiti Sojourn – Spiti Valley – Part 2 – Entering Spiti The next and the most important and thrilling stage of the trip was entering Spiti Valley…!!! There were NO bird sightings and ONLY Landscape Photography till we were somewhere near Nako.
Spiti Sojourn – Spiti Valley – Part 1 – Entering Kinnaur
Spiti Sojourn – Spiti Valley – Part 1 – Entering Kinnaur This June break, I visited a place which was on the top of my ‘Want to go’ List – Spiti. We began our long journey on 23 June, 2019, 5 am. The first day was a direct and no birding journey to Rampur. On…
Birding Evenings – An evening at Okhla Bird Sanctuary
Birding Evenings – An evening at Okhla Bird Sanctuary I attended a 12-day Summer School at Amity University from 27 May to 7 June. It was then that I found out about an amazing Birding Spot only 10 mins from the university. I decided to pay a short visit to the Sanctuary on the evening…
An hour at Kanjli
An hour at Kanjli Kanjli is a 1200 acre man-made wetland near Kapurthala in Punjab. It was created to facilitate irrigation in the surrounding areas.
Sutlej Diaries – Birding at Phillaur – Part 5
Sutlej Diaries – Birding at Phillaur – Part 5 On March 2, 2019, I went again birding near Sutlej on my Motorcycle. The day had a solid start with the sightings of an Oriental Honey Buzzard, Pied Bushchat and a Eurasian Marsh Harrier (no photographs).
The Parakeet Rush – Birding at Phillaur – Part 4
The Parakeet Rush – Birding at Phillaur – Part 4 I had recently observed an Alexandrine Parakeet pair residing in our forest but every time I saw it, I was without the camera. So, on 26th, I went to the forest with the sole motive of photographing the pair.
Exploring the Riverside – Birding at Phillaur – Part 3
Exploring the Riverside – Birding at Phillaur – Part 3 On 23rd, I went birding near the Sutlej river on my Trek Wahoo bike. The trip was short and totally meant for exploring. I hardly even photographed 2 species.
Foresting – Birding at Phillaur – Part 2
Foresting – Birding at Phillaur – Part 2 February was not quite a successful one but I explored many new places which later on proved out to be gifting. This month birding began on 9th with a visit to the nearby cultivations. I saw only some common species like the Spotted Owlet, Red-naped Ibis and…