Shashank Dalvi’s Big Year of Birding

Shashank Dalvi’s Big Year of Birding all over India.

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Interview with Dr. Jerry Jackson about Bird adaptation

Dr. Jerry Jackson is a legend in ornithology, for his life-long fascination with the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. I met him on a windy evening in Lakes Park, Fort Myers for a chat about the birds of Southwest Florida.

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The Peacock

This episode is about the peacock, not because it is the national bird of India, which it is. But because it gave rise to the second most important work in evolutionary biology. I speak of course of Charles Darwin’s theory of sexual selection.

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The Great Indian Bustard: can it be saved from the brink of extinction?

Can the Great Indian Bustard be saved from the brink of extinction?

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Destination Bharatpur

The Keoladeo Ghana National Park is arguably India’s most famous national park for birds.  This episode offers you a bird’s eye view of the park

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Genius of Birds with Jennifer Ackerman

Jennifer Ackerman has been writing about science and nature for 30 years. Her most recent book, The Genius of Birds (Penguin Press, April 2016), explores the intelligence of birds

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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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