Apr 052013
 
Watching Flamingos In Gandipet Lake Hyderabad, India

Watching Flamingos At Gandipet Lake in Hyderabad, India   Recently we went to look for Flamingos in Gandipet or Osman Sagar one of the bigger lakes among the lakes encircling Hyderabad, some of these lakes are natural and others were specially made or enlarged during the reign of the Nizams to ensure water security. Over period lakes like Gandipet, Manjeera, Pocharam, Ameenpur, Shamirpet, Peerancheru etc have become a natural sanctuary of local as well as migrant birds. These visits were part of a GHAC Nature club and we visited Gandipet Lake twice in last one month. My main purpose was to [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Mar 182013
 
Bird Watching with BSAP at ICRISAT

Bird Watching with BSAP or Birdwatchers’ Society of Andhra Pradesh– A Visit to ICRISAT I have been to ICRISAT last year for bird watching with GHAC, but this year I have not been able to go there till I came to know of BSAP or Birdwatchers’ Society of Andhra Pradesh, a dedicated society of bird lovers, very active in Hyderabad, and also organizing field trips outside of Hyderabad. On 3rd March 2013 I visited ICRISAT once again with Bird Watchers’ society of Andhra Pradesh. This was a special trip as the purpose was to see the migrant birds one more time [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Oct 082012
 
Tal Chapar-Rajasthan for Bird Watching

  Tal Chapar: A Hidden Birding Paradise in  Rajasthan   Tal Chapar in Rajasthan a bird watching trip If you are ready to look beyond the forts, and palaces and tigers of Rajasthan then Tal Chapar ( also spelled Tal Chhapar) is for you. Tal what? You may ask an obvious question as Tal Chappar is still not an on the tourist circuit unless you are a raptor from Central Asia from countries like Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan,   Russia etc. Tal Chappar is to bird watching what Ranthambore and Jim Corbett are to tiger spotting. Situated in a hidden corner of [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Aug 152012
 
Durgam Cheruvu With GHAC Nature

Rediscovering Nature in the IT Corridor of Hyderabad at Durgam Cheruvu The Birders at Durgan Cheruvu Durgam Cheruvu was named because it meant Secret Lake and was very difficult to both find and reach. During the times of Qutub Shahi Sultans the lake was surrounded by jungle so thick that except for few locals nobody knew of its existence. Its water was pure and potable, so the sultans built secret system of pipe lines to take the water from the lake to the Golconda Fort around  10 KM away to the top of the fort using a very innovative [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

May 012012
 
Mrugavani National Park

A Visit To Mruguvani National Park for Nature Watch Recently I went again to Mrugavani National Park in the morning,  I got up without an alarm at 7 am  on the Sunday and thinking this is some  divine sign decided to  hit the road. It is only about 5 km from our home, and is one of the last surviving green lungs for the city of Nizams. It is approachable both from Mehdipattnam via Lunger House and Hitech City via Outer ring road on the way to Rajiv Gandhi International Airport Shamshabad. You take exit 18 on the airport highway [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Apr 282012
 
Purple Sunbird found in Hyderabad

As mentioned in the earlier post I was able to capture the hummingbird or more accurately the purple sunbird in the camera.The female purple sunbird was the first one I took some pictures and then the male followed her in the frame. One interesting thing I noticed was that whenever the male will go to the new flower the female will chase him away, and the poor male will simply go to another one, to be chased again from there. I guess the female of the species is more dangerous in this case also. The photos are not of [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Apr 252012
 

Today was my lucky day, while walking in the compound I noticed a bush outside the boundry that had fragnant, though non descript flowers. I decided to investigate and to my amazement a female humming bird was doing acrobatics on the flowers. I took out my phone to take some pics but she was too fast to be captured by a phone camera. I was in too mind to continue my walk or get the camera. The Nikonian defeated the walker by a wide margin and I went back to get the camera. But by the time I returned [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Apr 222012
 
Birds Around PBEL II

Observing Birds in City Bulbul The humming bird remains elusive and is beating the fastest shutter speed I have tried. It seems Shutter priority mode is is not the thing to do. But I was lucky again and caught the Indian Bulbul and a Pied Bushchat enjoying a worm.  The Early Bird Catches The Worm I will continue to try to shoot the Hummingbird, any suggestions on camera settings would be welcome. To read the earlier post in this series please click here Thanks for reading, do leave a comment.

Apr 152012
 
Birds Around Us in Hyderabad

Birds around  us give happiness without any expectations As part of my project to photograph birds around  us our apartment complex  I have clicked photos of the bird that visit the complex. I spoke to the Customer Service team of the complex and we are collaborating to install some bird nests and bird feeders build by Nature Forever Society, whose founder Mohammad Dilawar was featured in Time Magazine some time back. The idea is to try to provide a habitat to these birds so that they keep on coming to the complex. I have been able to spot the [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Mar 102012
 
Bird watching in Hyderabad At ICRISAT- part II

We again visited ICRISAT campus with Purushotham Rudraraju  who was leading the GHAC group. ICRISAT is one of the best places for Bird Watching in Hyderabad. Today was not a very successful day from clicking photographs of the birds point of view even though we spotted 50+ species of the birds in the ICRISAT Campus. The lake that was brimming with water last month was almost empty and most of the water birds have already left. The branches of the tree that used to bend due to the weight of the birds was mostly deserted. Hopefully this year we will [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]