Egrets are medium to large sized birds, closely related to the Herons (see here) and belong to Ardea or Egretta genera. Similar to their (very) close relatives – Herons – they also have long legs and a long beak.Continue Reading
Birder’s Day Out – Birding at Pong Lake
It was on 29th December, 2019 that I, finally, got the chance to spend a Day Out Birding at one of my Favourite Birding Locations – Pong Lake. I first visited this place in 2015 and till then it has remained in my ‘Favourites List’.Continue reading Birder’s Day Out – Birding at Pong Lake
Wade in the Water – Birding at Phillaur – Part 7
My next Birding Day Out in Phillaur was on 15 December, 2019
The first place I visited was our Local Forest. While exploring the area I noticed a Dead Tree Trunk which was overgrown with Mushrooms. The Sun was just coming out and the light was pretty diffused so I decided to try some artistic frames of the mushrooms.Continue Reading
Size(80-100cm): It is the largest Cormorant found in India.
Area: Widespread resident over much of India.
Habitat: Lakes, rivers and other water bodies.
My two words: It is the largest of all the Cormorants found in India.CONTINUE READING
Size(60-63cm): It is a large Cormorant larger than the Little Cormorant but smaller than the Great Cormorant.
Area: Widespread over much of the region except the North and North-West.
Habitat: Several Fresh Water and Salt Water Bodies.
My two words: This specific Cormorant is found only in India, Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar.
This Cormorant has a bronze brown-black plumage. The Breeding Plumage is metallic black with distinctive short white-tufts. The non-breeding plumage is browner and the bird develops a yellow patch of bare skin around the throat.CONTINUE READING
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.CONTINUE READING
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 with a lot excitement and surprises.CONTINUE READING
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 around Kaza.CONTINUE READING
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 24th we started early in the morning.CONTINUE READING
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 of the last day.CONTINUE READING
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.CONTINUE READING
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.CONTINUE READING