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23 October, 2013
ketan

While preparing for this trip, I search many web-sites for information and did not find anything regarding lava in monsoon. This trip report aim to add information for this period which is not the best time of year to visit lava, but is better then not visit at all. The only advantage is being off season which can make the trip very cheap after hard negotiation over room prices and although it...

23 October, 2013
ketan

In March 2008, I took part in a 10 days bird survey organized by Ramana Athreya to Eaglenest wildlife sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh, north east India. The aim of the survey was to study more about the birdlife of this sanctuary as most birders visit as part of an organized tour and concentrate on locating the special target birds like bugum liocichla, wards trogon, satyrs tragopan and wedge...

23 October, 2013
ketan

On a previous visit to Guwahati, in October 2007, I met Dr. Gopal Chetri who is the research officer in Assam’s forest department. He helped me with booking accommodation and renting a car. He is most useful if you want to visit less known sanctuaries with booking accommodation in a Forest Rest House (inspection bungalow).

10 May, 2013
david

In winter 1994 I traveled for 1 month on a motorbike in Gujarat. I remember endless pothole roads, very spicy food and riding for hours in the Little rann of kutch in an unsuccessful search for the Wild Ass.
Gujarat was not a place I thought to come back to. Then came the internet and oriental bird club with a lot of information about birding in this state. The last monsoon was very...

27 August, 2012
david

In the summer of 2012 I participated in a ten days trek to Great Himalaya National Park to search for Western Tragopan and Cheer Pheasant. In this trip report, I will try to write not exactly our adventures, but more how I think it should be done and some ideas about how to do it yourself.

9 August, 2012
david

I first visited Kashmir in April 1987 and again in July 1988. I was not birding at the time, but can remember well seeing Orange bullfinch on Shankracharya hill, European bee-eaters and rollers on power lines all over the valley, Eurasian jackdaws in fields, Little bitterns in Dal and Nagin lakes, White-throated dippers in streams and Mistle thrushes in parks. Most of these birds were familiar...

24 September, 2011
chinmaya

I’m fortunate to live in a village in Goa, in a house with a traditional Goan porch at the front. Surrounding the house are cashew and coconut trees, a patch of remnant jungle, a stream and a rice field. An ancient cashew partly overhangs the porch, providing perching and feeding opportunities for numerous birds.

17 September, 2011
david

Dandeli WLS is situated in the state of Karnataka in District Uttar Kanada, at an altitude of over 500m in the higher Western Ghats. It borders Goa on the east and being just 140km. and only
 4hrs drive from Baga (the main accommodation/destination for birdwatchers in Goa) is an ideal place for birders who want to see more birds and more of India.



22 June, 2011
david

In recent years there have been great changes in the way we approach bird watching in India. Until 1999, the only available field guides were the books by Salim Ali and Dilon Ripley. In 1999 the field guide by Grimmett and Inskipp, followed in 2000 by Kazmierczak, brought a big revolution to the way we identify birds and also changed many of the birds’ names. A second revolution came with the...

31 May, 2011
david

The coastal belt of Goa lies between the Kali river in the south, Teracol river in the north, the Arabian Sea in the west and the mountain ridge of the Western Ghats in the east. It is 120km. between the two rivers and about 40km. from the sea to the foot of the Ghats. The mountains send an arm towards the Arabian Sea in South Goa and hill birds can be found here as far as the coast at Capo de...

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