Mittal Gala




A Black Drongo swings to and fro mobbing a perched kite, a noisy Ashy Prinia visits a certain undergrowth repeatedly, a Purple Sunbird in his brilliant metallic blue plumage sings loudly from its favorite wire perch while turning its head side to side. All these, indicate that our birds have started breeding! From defending their nests by mobbing larger birds… read more »

May 2020 eBirding Challenge



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Please tell us a bit about yourself. What do you do and where do you live? My name is Ezra Rynjah. I am currently a Research Affiliate with an NGO called Conservation Initiatives, wherein we work in different parts of Northeast India, collaborating with communities to implement evidence-based conservation. I am currently based in Shillong, where I also pursue projects in… read more »

Birder Profile: Ezra Rynjah


Birding can be uplifting in such difficult times. Birders crave opportunities to spend time in a quiet place with their favourite distractions: birds! We might be forced to stay in one place — but that still gives plenty of opportunities to observe the birds around us. The lockdown birding challenge has generated tremendous response amongst bird watchers across the country.… read more »

April 2020 eBirding Challenge


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While the country is under lockdown, what better way to turn this into a positive contribution than to record the birds around your home? Do you see species you haven’t recorded before? Which species are found where in your city? What is the behaviour of the birds you see? You can contribute to answering these questions and more through the… read more »

Lockdown Birding Challenge



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This year’s Great Backyard Bird Count and Campus Bird Count in India, saw a participation of more than 2000 people. Birders across the country were busy organizing and conducting bird talks and walks, introducing new people to birds and bird watching. Here are some of the stories by people across the country who participated in this year’s GBBC/ CBC. See here to… read more »

GBBC 2020: Stories from the field


Please tell us a bit about yourself. What do you do and where do you live? My name is Virender Sharma and I have been working with the Wildlife Wing of Himachal Pradesh Forest Department (HPFD ) since October 2007. I am currently posted as a Wildlife Guard. Being a forester, I regularly rescue various birds, mammals, and reptiles, and,… read more »

Birder Profile: Virender Sharma


Tadoba’s Women Birding Squad Written by Pooja Pawar “Oh, this bird appears so close”; “such bright colours and so clearly visible through this binocular!” exclaimed the first-time bird-watching group of ladies from Moharli Village, looking at the Indian Roller. This was in September when I met seven women who were keen on learning about birds and birdwatching. It is hard… read more »

Tadoba’s Women Birding Squad




Phew! That was a lot of birding in February and we hope you enjoyed it, especially the Great Backyard Bird Count! Please remember to finish uploading all your GBBC / CBC lists by 1 March. Being a transitional period between winter and spring/summer,  March is an interesting time of the year to examine the sequence in which winter migrants leave… read more »

March 2020 eBirding Challenge




Please tell us a bit about yourself. What do you do and where do you live? Hi, I am Sandhya Lenka, a homemaker from Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Currently, I am residing in Kolkata, West Bengal. When and how did you get interested in birding? I got interested in bird watching in 2014-15. My husband Prabhudatta Bal, a nature enthusiast & part-time… read more »

Birder Profile: Sandhya Lenka


The year 2020 started with much enthusiasm with bird watchers volunteering for the Asian Wetland Census! This enthusiasm continues in February as birders will take part in one of the largest birding events in India- the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). This year the GBBC will be held between 14-17 February. This event offers a great opportunity to bring birders… read more »

February 2020 eBirding Challenge




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Please tell us a bit about yourself. What do you do and where do you live? I am Avinash Sharma, born and brought up in Mumbai. Since 2015, I have been living in Pune. I am into Project Operations. I’m fun-loving and humorous by nature. Wildlife is something that I always liked and fascinated by. I grew up spending all… read more »

Birder Profile: Avinash Sharma


2020 is just around the corner! January starts with a bang, with a boatload of birding. See here to know about the various birding related events happening across the country. Just like every year, this month is dedicated to the Asian Waterbird Census (AWC). Since 1987, birders have been going out to wetlands of all types across the country (and… read more »

January 2020 eBirding Challenge