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[8 Dec 2010 | 4 Comments | ]
Two Extinct Vulture Species Spotted from Wayanad

An exciting news has came out from the Malabar region, northern part of Kerala. The Malabar Ornithological Survey 2010 conducted by the State Forest and Wildlife Department team has spotted an Indian White-backed Vulture (Gyps Bengalensis) and a Red-headed Vulture (Sarcogyps calvus) from Wayanad. These two vulture were considered as Extinct till now. Even at the Bird Surveys by Dr. Salim Ali, these species were not recorded in Kerala forests.

Indian White-backed Vulture (Picture Courtesy: Wikipedia)
In North India, these two species were so common until 1990s. Like other vultures these are scavengers, …

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[2 Nov 2010 | No Comment | ]
All Kerala Bird Photography Competition 2010

In connection with Dr.SalimAli Day, WWF India is conducting an All Kerala Bird Photography Competition 2010 in this month. Selected entries will be included in the exhibition conducted on 12th & 14th Nov. 2010 at Museum Auditorium, Thiruvananthapuram.  The last date for submitting your entries is on 9th November, 2010. Hurry Up! The details are as follows:

All Kerala Bird Photography Competition, 2010
Ref Source: WWF India Website
Subject: Birds of Kerala (Any bird species reported within the boundaries of the state of Kerala and reported till June 2010. Human elements …

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[13 Oct 2010 | 4 Comments | ]
Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher has Spotted from Thattekad, Kerala

After a long 15 years, we once again heard the wing flaps of Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx erithaca) from Kerala, that too from Thattekad, one of the famous bird sanctuary here. The bird is also known as Black Backed Kingfisher or Three Toed Kingfisher in many places.
It was in 1995, last time it is reported from Thattekad. Dr. R Sugathan the famous ornithologist and a student of Dr. Salim Ali, identified one Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher near a stream inside the sanctuary. Two weeks back, Ornithologists spotted this beautiful bird once …

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[28 Sep 2010 | No Comment | ]
News: First Oceanic Bird Survey in Kerala

Glad to let you all know about the Oceanic Bird Survey, first of its kind in Kerala – conducted jointly by Kerala Birder and Malabar Natural History Society. This is a great initiative for sure, a bit late but better than never. We on behalf of ‘Birds of Kerala’ appreciate the team for successfully conducting this survey. We hope more and more such expeditions will be conducted in coming months at various places. Climate and seasons plays a vital role in spotting and occurrences of certain species. A single survey …

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[22 Sep 2010 | No Comment | ]
Bird Watching Camp at Muthanga – Oct 2nd & 3rd, 2010

The Wildlife Department, in connection with Wildlife Week, is organising a two-day birdwatching camp for students in the district at Muthanga on October 2 and 3. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary warden has said the department will provide free food and accommodation for 20 students. Phone: 9495244170 and 9747442794.
Courtesey: http://hindu.com/2010/09/21/stories/2010092159170300.htm

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[6 Sep 2010 | No Comment | ]
Baya Weaver returns to Palakkad Paddyfileds – Hindu Daily

A news to cheer up for the birders in Kerala, Hindu – a national daily – reports that after decades, Palakkad is once again turning into a favorute destination for Baya Weavers. Since 1970s, there was a huge drop in the numbers due to the decline in Paddyfield cultivation. This birds habitat is largely depends on the paddyfiled cultivation and south-west monsoon. Larger numbers are spotted from palakkad this year, according to the report. The new developments in agri farming might have brought back them in this year.
Last …

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[17 Aug 2010 | No Comment | ]
The 3rd Great Himalayan Bird Count, Winter of 2010

This seems to be a great opportunity for the Bird watchers and enthusiasts. : ACTION & RESEARCH FOR CONSERVATION IN HIMALAYAS (ARCH) is conducting “The 3rd Great Himalayan Bird Count, Winter of 2010” in 27th to 30th of October, 2010. The venue will be at Dehradun and is with the support of Forest Department, Govt. of Uttarakhand. The details are as follows:

“The 3rd Great Himalayan Bird Count, Winter of 2010” which is planned on 36 most popular trekking trails situated in the river-valleys of Tons; Yamuna; Bhagirithi; Bhilingna; Ganga; …

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[26 Jul 2010 | One Comment | ]
Officials to Protect the Panamaram Heronry

Great news are coming out during these days in terms of conservation and wildlife protection. The latest news is from Waynad, the green paradise of Western Ghats. According to the Correspondent at Hindu news:
N. Prasanth, the Sub Divisional Magistrate and Sub Collector of the Wayanad district has issued an order to take apt measures to conserve the Panamaram heronry.
Panamaram is a village in Wayanad district in the state of Kerala, India. Kabani river takes birth from this place and is the largest breeding ground for different species of herons in …

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[20 Jul 2010 | One Comment | ]

Male club-winged manakins vibrate their wings to create violin-like sounds to impress females, a new study says. See the video from youtube. Video Courtesy Cornell Lab of Ornithology
The story can be found here.

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[13 Jul 2010 | No Comment | ]

Happy news to all Bird Photography experts and enthusiasts. This time About.com is conducting their popular photography contest on Bird Photography. Regardless it’s a very challenging and interesting filed Bird Photography is getting more and more popular these days. Globalization and the availability of new gadgets produces thousands of photographers day by day. Social media websites gives them a huge platform to share, sell, rate their skills. What to say more, fun, competition, skills, technology and all are finding its peak in every corner of photography.
Online contests such as …