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 spotted around any water source where there is enough to fish for and live.
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 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.
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
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
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.
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.
Size(57-63cm): It is the smallest of all the Ibises found in India.
Area: Resident and winter visitor mostly to W India.
Habitat: Marshes, lakes, vegetation near a river and water-logged paddyfields.
Size(68-74cm): It is about the size of the Red-naped Ibis.
Area: Resident in the W, NW and SW India.
Habitat: Marshes, ponds, lagoons, lakes and riversides.
Birding at Kasauli
It was the first week of March 2019, I made an unexpected short trip to Kasauli. Dad had some work to do there, so I decided to go along.
Size(20cm): It is a small Bulbul and is about the size of its close relative Himalayan Bulbul.
Habitat: Forests, gardens, mangroves and parks.
Size(20cm): It is a small Bulbul which is considered as a sibling species of the White-eared Bulbul.