Category Archives: Nature

SOS, says the Vulnerable MacQueen’s Bustard

THIS IS NOT A REGULAR BLOG POST. I felt compelled to write this when I came across this editorial in the Indian Express, a daily newspaper in India, of 19th December 2019. Posting the clipping below: Vulnerable and internationally protected, MacQueen’s bustard or Houbara Bustard belongs to the family of heaviest flying birds. (Remember, the Ostrich & Emu though bigger, are flightless).

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The Agile Grey-throated Martin

About: These birds are among the smallest in their family comprising Swallows, Swifts and Martins. They are dark brown above with white bellies and, as their name suggests, have a grey throat and appear to be wearing a brown necklace.   Their eyes are specially adapted for the forward vision for them to be able to see & catch insects

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The Kurinji Flower And The Birds

About: The Kurinji is a rarely flowering plant that blooms once in twelve years and when it does, it paints the hills blue and gives the Nilgiri hills their name – Nilgiri means blue hills. And this year was that special year. Elsewhere, in the Western Ghats in India, the flowers are present but not in such large numbers. In

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Green Bee-eater: Of Birds And Bees

Have you ever seen a fairy flying?   I have seen more than one and this is what they look like… About: In flight, my fairy is green with brown wings and has long tail streamers. She wears a black eye mask and her eyes are fiery red. A black band across her neck is clearly visible. Her green head

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Royal Indian Peafowl

This time, lets meet the royals, the national bird of India. Some of you would be familiar with this bird but what I am writing about is truly wild. Not only does the handsome prince wear glossy royal blue, he comes wearing his own unique crown. They even wear regal shimmery green embellishment. The train of long feathers (can be

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