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Episode 72: Birding in Mauritius

Episode 72: Birding in Mauritius

This episode is about birding in Mauritius.  This pearl of the Indian Ocean is home to 156 species of birds, many of which are endemic like the Mauritius pink pigeon, black bulbul, kestrel, grey white eye, olive white eye, pardise flycatcher and the fody.  There are also native birds such as the striated heron, Mascarene swallows and...

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Episode 71: The biodiverse splendour of Bhutan

Episode 71: The biodiverse splendour of Bhutan

This episode is about Bhutan: carbon-negative, Buddhist and a pioneer in sustainable tourism. This tiny country, about the size of Switzerland contains 774 species.  In comparison, neighbouring India— nearly ten times the size— has just 1200 species. Here we talk to Namgay Tshering a freelance birding guide about the birds of Bhutan. ...

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Episode 69: The Resplendent Quetzal of Costa Rica

Episode 69: The Resplendent Quetzal of Costa Rica

In this episode, we explore one of the most beautiful birds in the world: the Resplendent Quetzal. In June 2023, I spent a week in Costa Rica, one of the most diverse countries in the world.  Although I didn’t plan for it, I ended up seeing a resplendent quetzal, which some say is the most beautiful bird in the world.  What happened to...

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Episode 68: Delhi birds with Sudhir Vyas

Episode 68: Delhi birds with Sudhir Vyas

Delhi and its neighbourhood, with its variety of habitats and landscapes, is remarkable for the wealth and diversity of its avifauna. It is a true haven for bird lovers, home to an astonishing array of over 470 captivating bird species. Get ready for an enchanting adventure with Sudhir Vyas's delightful book, "The Birds of the Delhi Area," which...

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Episode 67: The three-wattled bell-bird, Monteverde, Costa Rica

Episode 67: The three-wattled bell-bird, Monteverde, Costa Rica

This is the first of three episodes about the bird life in Costa Rica. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFQkV0qbZlY Listen to the bellbird on Youtube here. Meet One Of The Loudest Birds In The World (Three-wattled Bellbird) Thanks to these photographers for their images https://unsplash.com/@zmachacek https://unsplash.com/@feiffert Thanks to...

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Episode 66: Pleasures of birdwatching with Aasheesh Pittie

Episode 66: Pleasures of birdwatching with Aasheesh Pittie

About Aasheesh Pittie’s book of essays, The Living Air. If you’re looking for new ways to engage with birds and birdwatching, Aasheesh Pittie’s book of essays, The Living Air is a great place to start. This book will not only make you want to get out and observe your city and surroundings in a whole new light, but it will also offer a fresh...

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Episode 65: Amazing bird species: Sarus cranes and storks

Episode 65: Amazing bird species: Sarus cranes and storks

This is a post-episode trailer.  In Episode 35, Dr. Gopi Sundar paints a hopeful picture of cranes and waterbirds coexisting with humans. In this episode we delve into these amazing bird species. Both storks and cranes are wading birds.  They dwell in similar habitats and look similar.  They have long legs and a long, curving...

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