Sattal or Sat Tal (Hindi for “seven lakes”) is an interconnected group of seven freshwater lakes situated in the Lower Himalayan Range near Bhimtal, a town of the Nainital district in Uttarakhand, India. During the British Raj, the area had a tea plantation, one of four in the Kumaon area at that time. The lakes sit at an altitude of 1370 metres below lush […]

Sattal Birding

Chopta Valley and its surroundings in Garhwal Himalayan region is extremely good for birding. The only apprehension we had was due to the recent disaster (June 2013) was not sure how much habitat was lost for the winged friends. Our journey began along with call from masood husain , an […]

The Phantasmagorical Chopta…

All things you should know about nidicolous birds and nidifugous birds. The terms nidifugous and nidicolous by Lorenz Oken in 1816,Lorenz Oken (1 August 1779 – 11 August 1851) was a German naturalist, botanist, biologist, and ornithologist. The difference between nidicolous birds and nidifugous birds are: Nidicolous birds Birds which […]

Nidicolous and Nidifugous birds….

The word “precocial” is derived from the same root as precocious, implying in both cases early maturity .The span between precocial and altricial species is particularly broad in birds. Precocial birds are born with their eyes open. They are covered with downy feathers that soon grow to adult feathers after […]

The span between precocial and altricial species

Anyone can pick up a field guide, set of binoculars and identify birds, but a truly dedicated birder has certain qualities that allow them to appreciate this hobby to its fullest. If you share these qualities of a good birder, you’re more likely to become an accomplished and expert birder […]

Birding Ethics !!!

Do you know Birds have up to 25,000 feathers, and regular preening keeps each feather in good condition? Second only to feeding, preening is a common bird behaviour easily observed in a backyard or out in the field, and understanding why and how birds preen can help birders better appreciate […]

Astonishing facts about Preening