Mirzapur and the Greater Coucal

Saw my first golden oriole of this season.  Flew in and perched on a Millingtonia tree.  We were in Mirzapur at the fabulous guesthouse of Obeetee Carpets.  A highlight was the sighting of two Greater Coucals, two Hornbills, one Rufous Treepie; and tons of other birds I had seen: drongos, bulbuls, peacocks, wagtail, etc.

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Birds in culture– the last of the four part series that I hugely enjoyed writing.

I pontificate on the pleasures of bird watching in this audio podcast here Like Arabs and falcons; like Indians and peacocks; like Americans and their eagles, like the French and their…..I don’t know which bird sparks the French imagination…. birds and animals are the stuff of our dreams and subconscious. The eagle, the ‘hamsa’ and…

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Birding: seeing versus hearing

This season is hard for birding.  The trees are lush with leaves.  Small birds are chirping and I can’t see them.  Drives me nuts. How to identify birds just by seeing them Ayurveda divides us into three phenotypes: vata, pitta and kapha. Vatas have acute hearing and enjoy the sense of touch—if my memory serves…

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Trees and birds

In London, it was the sweet song of the thrush.  In India, it is the kooo of the Asian koel that I am listening to right now. Birdwatching is also about the trees The rhythms of nature are evident in the patterns of the bird movement Shoba Narayan In which the author connects birds and…

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How to bird-watch. How to watch birds

I am writing about nature.  About what is turning out to be a favorite subject. How to birdwatch Shoba Narayan starts a four-part series on birdwatching Shoba Narayan In which the author makes a case for bird watching as a hobby and tells you how to start: It begins with a pair of binoculars; and…

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Birds

Birds Have included the scenes from my balcony. A tryst with cacophony and camouflage Pigeons can fly great distances, crows are wacko and many more interesting findings while birdwatching in Bangalore Shoba Narayan Read more at: http://www.livemint.com/Leisure/hfu1MXeumPbsHp2e2kisqK/A-tryst-with-cacophony-and-camouflage.html?utm_source=copy Do you have a cherished image of yourself that is entirely delusional? I know, which one, right? My…

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Serendipity

There are times when churning out a column a week is torture; when you just want to throw in the towel and switch to an accounting job or something.  This column was written under such circumstance.  Very bad, as my young friend, Idanth would say. The rare pleasures of serendipity It was at Atta Galatta…

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