Birding in Little Rann of Kutch

Feb 15 2010

Join us on Wild West – Bird photography tour of Kutch from February 05 to 13, 2011. More details here. A winter most anticipated…when did it come…where did it go These were my thoughts when the idea of birding in Gujarat popped up. Again, it was Sharad to the rescue. The lure of the Rann was too good to withstand! I landed in Ahmedabad within a couple of days of my lazy thoughts. The roads to Zainabad were not only awesome for the cab; they proved to be great for birding too. Along with some fairly confiding White-throated Kingfishers and […]


New Year’s weekend

Jan 05 2010

Wish you all a very Happy New Year 2010!

I’d been looking forward to this long weekend since the previous long weekend :). Having not birded much in Bangalore this winter, I was feeling guilty of missing out on a lot of feathered visitors. So, I decided to check out different places around Bangalore.


A birding trip to Ladakh – Part 3 – The lakes and a journey shortened

Nov 04 2009

Please visit Part 1 here and Part 2 here. Day 8 – Aug 7 – Nyoma to Tso Moriri (Korzok) At Nyoma, we were rudely awakened to the fact that there are no petrol pumps in that area. The one at Nyoma was no longer operational. Diesel was available with a car mechanic near Mahe. So, we decided to skip Hanle (which meant missing the Upland Buzzard) and drive straight to Tso Moriri. The birding enroute to Mahe was awesome. We came across another Common Tern hovering close to the banks. A fast-flying Northern House Martin tested our photography skills. […]


A birding trip to Ladakh – Part 2 – Leh, Shey, Chushul, Nyoma

Nov 03 2009

Read the first part of the Ladakh trip here. Day 5 – Aug 4 – Leh: With the travel/altitude sickness behind us, we set off towards Khardung-La early in the morning. The views of Leh from this road are truly breathtaking. Along the way, we came across three flocks of Chukar. At South Pullu, we stopped at the small tea stall to get some breakfast and tea. The garbage dump behind it proved to be amazing. Robin Accentors, Güldenstädt’s Redstarts (White-winged Redstarts) and Alpine Choughs (Yellow-billed Choughs) came very close and allowed us to get some great photographs. Beyond South […]


A birding trip to Ladakh – Part 1 – The journey to Leh

Nov 02 2009

Ladakh was on my list for a very very long time. When my friend Sharad came up with the idea of a birding trip, there was no way to let the opportunity pass. We set off from Gurgaon on the morning of July 31 with the following plan in mind: 31-Jul Gurgaon to Manali 01-Aug Manali to Keylong 02-Aug Keylong to Leh 03-Aug Stay in Leh 04-Aug Leh to Choglamsar/Shey-Thiksey 05-Aug Shey-Thikse to Chushul 06-Aug Stay in Chushul 07-Aug Chushul to Hanle 08-Aug Stay in Hanle 09-Aug Hanle to Puga Valley 10-Aug Puga Valley to Tso Moriri / Korzok 11-Aug […]