Category Archives: Nature

Asian Koel: Of Melody & Noise

One may not be familiar with the Koel’s looks, but its kooo…koooo…koooo…… call is very well known. About: A pair – perhaps not on talking terms… The boys are entirely glossy black with fiery red eyes. Sometimes, a faint silvery eye-ring can also be seen. The beak is tea green. The girls are very different. They are mainly brown/black above

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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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