Feb 16, 2016

1200 birds of India


Oriental White Eye at Khijadia Bird Sanctuary Jamnagar Gujarat India
Oriental White Eye at Khijdia Bird Sanctuary Gujarat
(CLICK HERE for the entire Photo Gallery)

A decade-and-a-half ago I was a bird enthusiast. It was my passion to identify birds. I even bought a then expensive zoom lens. But, soon I started with trekking and there was nothing else I thought of doing on weekends. When trekking I got the craze of waterfalls and then the waterfalls photography. I enjoyed watching wildlife including birds on the way though. Exclusive birding trips were long forgotten. Binoculars and zoom lens were left deep inside the closet. With the world travel and backpacking India trips I left behind the heavy camera gear and taking bird pictures was a forgotten story. I bought a high end point-and-shoot camera instead. Now, my trekking trips are stopped due to some mysterious illness. Recently, I was lazily browsing nothing in particular and found some articles on birds interesting. I was shocked to know many species of birds in India have found their place in the endangered list. It is very sad to know the very common birds are going uncommon. That info kind of rekindled the passion for birds in me! Thought if I don't see them now then I may not see them anytime later!

Common Myna at Lake Lakhota Jamnagar Gujarat india
Common Myna and Rosy Starlings at Lake Lakhota Jamnagar Gujarat

I looked for birding hot-spots near and around Bangalore. Since its winter I looked for the places where migratory birds congregate. Not that I have a great lens for wildlife and birding. But, Canon 100-400mm L is sufficient for an enthusiast, IMO. I thought of taking pictures of Indian birds when possible and list in my blog. I do not carry a tripod and so all bird pics I take are hand held. They come out definitely soft and high ISO setting on my camera Canon 50D, for the tiny-hiding-behind-the-bush birds, may introduce a lot of noise. Or the pictures could be heavily cropped and so could be laughably soft and grainy. Some might not even have the right exposure, especially the snowy white birds. I will still list them until I get a better picture of the same. My new 'sticky' topic will be- 1200 birds of India. I think the right number is 1,180 according to the survey made in 2004. If there is any recent report the number could be different again. Will share the simple picture gallery on Google-Photos. CLICK HERE to view the gallery. I am planning to post photographs, with names, location and time of the year. Hoping to get the identification right! Please let me know if you have trouble accessing the gallery! Well, you need to have a Google account.

It would be too ambitious to say that I will photograph all 1200 but, I will be proud even to get 120 :) CLICK HERE for the page listing the birds I have photographed so far. I have few unidentified or doubtful about the IDs of birds, may need some expert help for the same. I would appreciate your kind help.
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20 comments:

  1. Getting back on birding sounds like a good thing to do. I have always toyed with the idea of birding since I love to do it occasionally.

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  2. Lovely bird shares. The first one is really very pretty!

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  3. That is a very good compilation.

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  4. Hello again! Great set of pictures - and thanks for the WBW link. I keep hoping that work will send me to India, but it never seems to happen.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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    1. Thank you! Don't wait for the work to send you! AUS and INDIA are not far apart!

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  5. good luck with your bird photo hunt. It is a fun thing to do :)

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  6. I am sorry your birding enthusiasm waned somewhat. I wish you great luck in getting many of these birds photographed in the coming months to share with us all! This is an important post, letting people know what birds from India are endangered.

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    1. Now, my birding enthusiasm is in full swing! To take pictures I might reach far places :)

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  7. I am sorry you are not feeling 100 percent well Kusum, but I am glad you have birding as a photo hobby while you are unable to trek around the world! I always enjoyed your travel posts and I am sure I will enjoy your bird photography as well. I'd be very happy with photos of 120. thanks for sharing!!!!

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    1. 101 now! Hoping another 100 in 2016!

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    2. 101 now! Hoping another 100 in 2016!

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  8. I don’t know how should I give you thanks! I am totally stunned by your article. You saved my time. Thanks a million for sharing this article.

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  9. Thank you so much for sharing this article.

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  10. Yes! I am enjoying t so much.And your photography is awesome.; Thanks For Sharing

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  11. I could not even imagine that there is such a variety of birds in India, because this is just great news.

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  12. I do like those topics you've discussed in here. It would be interesting if you'll share some more notes.

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