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[27 Mar 2011 | 6 Comments | ]
Birding Trip – Masinagudi and Thrissur Kole Wetlands

Recently me, Anil (Neelakandan) and a few other members of Discover Planet Intl. had a trip to Masinagudi and Thrissure Kole wetlands. The trip was conducted in two consecutive weekends.  A clear route map and preferred birding spots were already prepared which was very helpful to make it a huge success.
We took a slightly different route to accommodate maximum birding spots which really get paid off. I am sharing you a few images which I managed to click during these trips. It’s my pleasure to share these for your valuable suggestions and …

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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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[17 Nov 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
Bird of the Week – Great Indian Hornbill

Great Indian Hornbill (Buceros bicornis) – also known as Great Pied Hornbill – is one of the largest and beautiful member of the hornbill family. It is endemic to the forests of Indian subcontinent, the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Indonesia. This bird has a considerably longer lifespan among birds, studies confirm in India it lives around 35 years and may go upto 50 years in captivity.
The Great Hornbill is the State bird of Chin state in Myanmar, and Kerala and Arunachal in India. The conservation status of this beautiful bird …

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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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[12 Oct 2010 | No Comment | ]
Bird of the Week – Malabar Trogon

The Malabar Trogon (Harpactes fasciatus) is a beautiful bird species in the trogon family. It is endemic to the forests of Sri Lanka and India, mainly at Western Ghats. These birds are very shy in nature and that makes them difficult subjects to bird photographers.
In Kerala, it’s known as “Thee-kakka” – meaning a fire-crow – due to its bright crimson red colored underside. These birds usually perch still, preferred to be in a territory without moving around so much. Its bright colors and the sound of wing flaps often make …

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[23 Sep 2010 | No Comment | ]
Bird of the Week – Malabar Parakeet

The Malabar Parakeet (Psittacula columboides) – also known as the Blue-winged Parakeet – is endemic to Southern India where it is still locally fairly common – though their numbers have decreased due to loss of habitat and trapping for the pet trade. The IUCN Red List categorizes this species as Least Concern, but still its a fact that the population size has not been quantified yet.
Size & Shapes
Adult parakeets are sized up to 38Cms.
Colorization

Adult: The male’s overall colour is a bluish-grey, sometimes with a reddish-pink tint. Ring around the …

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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.
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[2 Sep 2010 | No Comment | ]
Birding trip to Ooty

Birds of kerala is organizing a birding trip to the queen of hill stations “Ooty“.  Ooty is located in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu which is a part of the western ghats and part of the Nilgiris. Dhodapeta Peak, one of the highest in the Nilgiris is found here. Many colourful species of birds endemic to the high altitudes of the Western ghats can be found here.

The Journey will start at September 17th 2010 evening and will end at September 19th 2010. The main focus of this trip will be Bird photography and Landscape photography.
Species …