Category Archives: Resident Birds

Cormorants (Phalocrocoracidae)

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.

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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.

House Sparrow nestling

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.

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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 around Kaza.

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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.

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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 24th we started early in the morning.

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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 of the last day.

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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.

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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 White-tailed Stonechat. But, I could not manage any good photograph.

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Foresting – Birding at Phillaur – Part 1

Foresting – Birding at Phillaur – Part 1

Phillaur has a lot of forests and cultivation and is also gifted with the mighty Sutlej which separates Phillaur from Ludhiana. There are more than a hundred species that I have recorded in and around Phillaur including the Eurasian Eagle Owl, Yellow-bellied Prinia and Temminick’s Stint.

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