Bird Watching & Lifer List

Bird watching has been the key aspect which made us develop this blog in-order to share the beautiful two-winged aves we come across during our nature trails… One of our key motives with respect to bird watching is to create awareness about the numerous species of birds that exist around us and how important it is to preserve nature in-order to ensure they do not face the fear of extinction.

For anyone who is into bird watching must be aware what exactly a “Lifer list” means. “Lifer” is a term used when you correctly identify a particular species of bird for the very 1st time. One may often face the problem of not knowing what is the name of a particular species of bird and that is where one has to refer a field guide book. There are numerous birding field guides available; out of which the Birds of Indian Subcontinent (2nd Rev) by Carol Inskipp, Richard Grimmet, Tim Inskipp is one of the best. We are maintaining our lifer list on ebird.org. One may also maintain lifer lists on other websites like bubo.org.

You can view all details about our sightings at this link – Lifer list.

Locations covered:

– Mishmi Hills & Roing (Arunachal Pradesh)
– Tinsukia grasslands (Assam)
– Chopta (Uttarakhand)
– TalChappar & Jorbeer – Bikaner (Rajasthan)
– Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (Maharashtra)
– Pench National Park (Madhya Pradesh & Maharashtra)
– Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary, Nannaj – Solapur (Maharashtra)
– Konkan (Maharashtra)
– Dandeli (Karnataka)
– Little Rann of Kutch & Thol Bird Sanctuary (Gujarat)
– Mudumalai (Tamil Nadu)
– Goa

Gear:

Lens: Canon 400 mm F/5.6 Prime
Camera: Canon 7d Mark II 
Bionaculars: Vanguard Spirit XF – 10×42
Reference: Birds of Indian Subcontinent (2nd Revison) by Carol Inskipp, Richard Grimmett. Tim Inskipp.

Feel free to give any suggestions/feedback for improvement and we will try our best to address the same.

For regular updates onto our birding excursions and nature trails, do follow to us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/whistlingtrails

– Rudraksha & Shraddha

6 thoughts on “Bird Watching & Lifer List

  • March 19, 2015 at 12:29 am
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    Hi
    would like to join you in some of the trips to veer dam, in and around PUne or Navi Mumbai thanks subbu

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  • May 17, 2015 at 10:10 pm
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    Hii rudraksh…if u don’t mind…i want company for birding in saswad. I didn’t know u had written quite a number of blogs. I just saw this blog & so I replied here itself & not on fb.

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    • May 18, 2015 at 1:06 pm
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      Hello Suyash,

      Thanks for writing in. You can post on Birds of Pune fb group to see if anyone is going to visit Saswad for birding. Best time to visit Saswad will be in month of Jan to march though, as you can sight many of the migratory raptors.

      For our trips into wildlife, do check http://www.wild-india.in. Thanks.

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  • August 14, 2016 at 11:04 am
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    Hello…
    I want to do birding at saswad. But its my first time i m going to saswad. So I dont know any exact location. Can anyone one tell me landmark or the starting point of trail? Also I want to join some ppl who are going there ..
    Plz help

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    • October 19, 2016 at 12:15 am
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      Thanks for writinf in Aniket. We are not aware of any trails as such. However, Mayureshwar WLs is a good point to start exploring the arid scrublands around Pune.

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