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कैसे बना मोर राष्ट्रीय पक्षी

मोर की खूबसूरती पर हम सभी फ़िदा हैं. मोर के राष्ट्रीय पक्षी होने पर हमें नाज़ है. उसके सुनहरी हरे नीले पंख, राजसी कलगी, सुराहीदार गर्दन, चमकता नीला वर्ण, और उस पर पंख फैला कर, घूम घूम कर, थिरक थिरक कर, रुक रुक कर नाचना। फिर उसके कनेक्शन भी बड़े ही महत्वपूर्ण हैं हमारे मानस में- कृष्ण मुकुट में , कार्तिकेय का वाहन, शक्ति के एक रूप- कुमारी देवी का वाहन, इन्द्र देव का रक्षक। लिखने को तो और भी […]

Eurasian Jay- Mimicry Artist of the Avian world

This entry is part 11 of 9 in the series Kumaon Itinerary

This entry is part 11 of 9 in the series Kumaon Itinerary“Humans think they are smarter than dolphins because we build cars and buildings and start wars etc., and all that dolphins do is swim in the water, eat fish and play around. Dolphins believe they are smarter for exactly the same reasons. ” -Douglas Adams (a writer, dramatist and a musician) Out of two hundred and eighty seven species of Indian hill-birds described by Salim Ali, about two hundred […]

Chasing raptors @Tal Chhapar

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Chapar Diary

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Chapar Diary“Where did you spot these Red Necked Falcons?” “In the Tal Chapar grassland.” “No. Exactly where? which side?” Well…..and we narrated the spot as best as we could, telling the spot in a jungle or grassland where trees are not given any address, nor the mud tracks have anything like 7th cross or second left. But we tried. “Why? Are these uncommon here?” “Every raptor is uncommon here because […]

A Rendezvous with India’s national aquatic animal- Gangetic River Dolphin.

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Chambal National Santuary

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Chambal National SantuaryEver since the Gangetic Dolphin was declared the national aquatic animal of India in 2009, it was on our wishlist. Well, no one can see any wildlife of his own wish. All we can do is go to that place where the wildlife is found, take a ride, wait patiently, and pray for the best of our luck. Wildlife tourism is thus an unpredictable trip and that is […]

How to do ‘Birding’?

Loud, ridiculous, scolding calls of Rufous Treepie wake me up from the cozy, quilted sleep in the winter mornings. Parrots make a ruckus outside on Arjun trees, adding further to the chaos of late mornings. Sparrows are my day long companion whenever I peep out of the window or venture out of my home. Deep, long cooing of Koel, in the beautiful evenings of summer, competes with torrent of sweet, inquisitive, innocent words emanating from my junior Chatter-Box Tanmay. As […]

Baya the Builder

It was the last day of rainy season’s sojourn in southern Rajasthan. One afternoon, while chasing the Greater Coucal to photograph, who was showing her bronze wings but not a full view, a bright yellow color on a Babool tree caught our attention. We treaded as softly as we could, with our flip-flops trying to do what they are supposed to do- flip flop and our aching feet trying their best to not let them do so. A closer look […]