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Monday, September 27, 2010

Birding in India

Have we mentioned how exciting it is to become reacquainted with the BIRDS of this fine continent? Well…wherever we go, there they are! In Bangalore, the streets are alive with the sounds of the Asian Koel, Rose-Ringed Parakeets, Crows and Purple-Rumped Sunbirds. These are the birds that local birders consider too common to really note. Kind of like Stellars Jays, or Acorn Woodpeckers in Yosemite. Every single bird is a thrill for us, and we walk down the streets as if we are on a perpetual treasure hunt. “Mom! There is an Asian Koel! I think I see a Kingfisher! What is that green bird!?” When we get off the streets and go to our neighborhood “tank” (reservoir) to take a walk, we get even more excited. Even though this is not the migration season, there are plenty of things to keep us easily amused birders happy.

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