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. ...

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Episode 55: Demoiselle Cranes in India

Episode 55: Demoiselle Cranes in India

This episode is about demoiselle cranes congregating in a village in India. Last month, on a trip to Rajasthan, I visited the village of Kheechan.  To get here, you have to fly to Jodhpur and drive two hours North.  The thing about this place is that every...

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Episode 41: The art of seeing in bird-watching

Episode 41: The art of seeing in bird-watching

How to bird watch Part 3 In which the author talks about how to see. Ayurveda divides us into three phenotypes: vata, pitta and kapha. Vatas have acute hearing and enjoy the sense of touch— if my memory serves right. Pittas have acute vision and enjoy the sense of...

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Episode 32: Hornbills in Valparai

Episode 32: Hornbills in Valparai

This episode is about hornbills in Valparai.  About human wildlife conflict and other things.  But mostly about hornbills. Valparai in the South Indian state of Tamilnadu is verdant and beautiful.  Entire slopes of these gently undulating mountains are covered with...

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Episode 29: The flight of the Amur Falcons

Episode 29: The flight of the Amur Falcons

This episode is about the magnificent migration of the Amur Falcons, the largest raptor migration in the world. It is 4:30 AM on a cold day in November.  A group of us from Bangalore are driving from Dimapur to Hakhezhe, Nagaland to observe a spectacle like...

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