Birding in Ooty

Ooty is the best place to photograph and observe some of the western ghats endemic birds. Here are some pics taken from Ooty botanical garden and Doddabetta peak. Black and Orange Flycatcher(Male)   Nilgiri Flycatcher (Male)                                    

Nilgiris , The Blue Mountains and Beyond

Nilgiris is synonyms with the hill station Ooty, It’s also a  district in Tamilnadu as  well as a biosphere reserve in Western ghats.  But most of the people are unaware that name Nilgiris got its origin from the words,  Nila (Blue in Tamil & Malayalam languages) and  Giris (mountains). Historically mountains of this region blooms with the…

Dusky Crag Martin nesting

15th August 2016, 9 AM- Parunthumpara, Idukki. It was raining intermittently when we  saw couple of swallows flying and they are frequently moving under a building under construction. On a closer observation, they turned out to be dusky crag martins (Ptyonoprogne concolor)  and they were making a nest on the inner building wall close to the…

Resurrection of Rainforests

<<work in progress>> As we reached the site, it was dark and the smell of burnt bison flesh was in the air. We are at the peak of hill inside Pampadum shola national park at the site of ongoing Shola forest revival project. A carcass of an Indian Bison was near the site few days…

October Birding Fest!

October 2015 18th to 21st , During Puja holidays we have visited some of the key bird watching sites around Bangalore. It was planned well in advance considering the office shutdown during this period. Initially we planned to visit Mudumalai and Ooty but later changed our minds considering tourist rush in those places. We instead visited a small…

Little Angels of Narsapur Forest

Butterflies of Narsapur, pics captured during a three  hour bird watching cum photography trip on a sunny morning . This is  definitely a small subset of the butterfly diversity in the area but it represents the richness and prissiness of this forest habitat. We were not particularly looking for butterflies rather our focus was birds…