The topic of Bird-Watching cannot be started without the mention of great ornithologist
Dr. Salim Ali. His love & dedication to the subject is appalling. He worked
all his life to make people aware & make them understand the joy of watching
the birds in nature.
One can witness a wide variety of birds & Insects in the wild; in fact these
creatures fascinate everyone. Bird Watching is a tremendous hobby, people like its
call, colours, pattern, shapes etc; Bird Photography is also a spectacular hobby.
For Bird Watching, three things are extremely necessary, Notebook, Binoculars &Reference
book. The observations recorded should contain shape, colour, legs, tail, calls
etc. Mornings and evenings are perfect for the activity.
The Naming is done on the basis of
- Calls, Sounds
- Poetic names
- Related to a tribe/caste
- Eating Habits
Wildlife is not just about animals, but birds too. Usually when people visit the
wildlife sanctuaries, they miss out the avifauna of that wild hub, because the major
scene stealers of any wildlife are predators like Tigers and Leopards. Still, if
you ever get a chance to visit the bird sanctuaries of India, make sure to pay more
attention on bird watching and you'll know why this sport is catching up as the
best wildlife leisure activity in India.
The first question that pops in any person's head is that what's so exciting about
birding? Well, first of all if you are looking for that bit of a fun in the lap
of nature, this is the activity is the right one for you. Its kind of a natural
sport that our forefathers use to indulge in and even if you are not exactly killing
any bird, bird watching delivers all the satisfaction of the hunt. Bird Watching
connects you to nature. You go outside, even hike a little, but whatever little
birding you do, the ground coverage of bird watching is quite big.
The Parents rare their young ones until they are independent & strong enough
to fly. The most peculiar habit of birds is cleanliness. One can never sight a bird
dead with a disease in its nest. If it is ill, it leaves the nest & goes to
other place. Birds generally do not exhibit the habit of storing for tomorrow. Tolerance,
Confidence & Concentration, Observation are few of the habits that birds have,
but what about us…
Bird watching is a family sport, which you can enjoy with your whole family and
introduce the small children also about the surprise that nature has instored. Bird
Watching can easily be called a community activity, a social activity. Join any
birding club of some sort and get a chance to share with other birders your knowledge
about this sport. Still, if you like to explore the nature alone then be it. its
a pleasure in going out alone for bird watching too, it brings out a feeling of
solitude. So how about giving a shot of starting a friendship with the nature.
Bird watching is quite a good adventure sport for those who like to explore the
world of birds for other bird watching is the very best kind of fun sport activity
as its easy, inexpensive, healthful and satisfying. Bird Watching is also known
as birding and means the activity of observing wild birds, except for the birds
held captive. The best option to observe birds is in their natural habitat, where
you can learn to identify the birds and understand what they are doing.
Bird watchers have to a natural habitat, which the birds usually take in as their
refuge as well as a dwelling place. Whether its a local park or any bird sanctuary
or any other place you travel to. You can also take in specific bird watching vacation
too to see birds that live in a certain environment, such as the Konkan coast. There
isn't any age limit as far as this activity is concerned. Birding is an activity
that you can indulge in at any point of time and in any part of the world.
Even if bird watching is a new activity on the Indian adventure sports circuit still
the popularity rate of this activity is catching up with the sports enthusiast of
almost every age group.
Of course there isn't any thing unique or new about the sport of bird watching in
India. And if you crave to explore the nature this is your chance to do it. Check
out some of the popular bird sanctuaries in India such as Bharatpur or Keoladeo
Ghana National Park that is blessed with some of the most exquisite avifauna and
a delightful sight for any bird watcher. Some of the major residents of Bharatpur
sanctuary include 375 species of birds, numerous mammals and reptiles. With the
arrival of winters this bird sanctuary becomes a major attraction among bird watchers
because of the migratory birds, especially the Siberian Cranes.
Corbett National park is another bird hideout, especially when it comes to the avian
treasures of the Himalayan region.Out of the 2,060 species and subspecies of birds
recorded in the Indian subcontinent, over 600 species/subspecies of birds have been
recorded from Corbett at one time or another. Among the migrants that may be seen
at the river banks of Ramganga or along the streams are the Great Crested Grebe,
White-Fronted and Greylag Geese, Bar-headed Geese and variety of Ducks, occasionally
White Stork and the common Black Stork, variety of Plovers, Sandpipers and Snipe.
The Thattekad Bird Sanctuary is locate 20-km away from Kathamangalam, on the Kochi-Munnar
road and is considered to be one of the most important bird sanctuaries in Kerala.
The most notable of the indigenous birds found in this bird sanctuary are Malabar
Grey-Horn Bill, Wood Pecker, rose winged And blue winged Parakeer etc. Rare birds
like Ceylon Frog-Moth, Rose billed Parakeer etc are also seen over here. A boat
cruise from Boothathenkeru to Thattekad is an unforgettable bird watching experience
through the evergreen forests nesting migratory and indigenous birds.
- Bharatpur National Park, Rajasthan
- Gir National Park, Gujarat
- Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Kerela
- Nandankanan, Orissa
- Jim Corbett National Park, Uttaranchal
- Rajaji National Park, Uttaranchal
- Sultanpur National Park
- Kolleru Bird Sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh
- Manjira Bird Sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh
- Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh