Bird watchers’ day out

Members of Hyderabad Birding Buddies seize 116 species of birds by their lens

Hyderabad: India is dwelling to over 1,200 species of birds and a refuge for birds from everywhere in the world. Whereas many people solely encounter sparrows and crows in our day-today lives, chicken watching and chicken images has gained immense reputation through the years.

Capturing the birds that stay within the nation, The Large Fowl Day — an annual national-level celebration of watching and documenting birds — was organised at varied locations within the metropolis by the Hyderabad Birding Buddies (HBP).

Conserving in thoughts the continuing pandemic, the organisers had instructed that solely three chicken photographers ought to take part this yr within the occasion, from every metropolis. Srinivas Mulagala, Rajeev Khandelwal and Fawaz Syed, who represaented Hyderabad, coated the Manjira Wildlife Sanctuary, Pragathi Nagar, and Ameenpur Lake areas within the metropolis. Though lesser in quantity when in comparison with earlier years, the photographers have managed to seize 116 species of birds by their digital camera.

Rajeev, who’s an avid chicken photographer and has been part of the Hyderabad Birding Buddies (HBP), explains the Covid precautions the staff adopted, “The Large Fowl Day typically takes place in January annually. However, this yr because of the pandemic it was delayed. On each Large Fowl Day, a number of volunteer chicken watchers cowl the birding spots from early morning to night and {photograph} the birds. This yr it was simply the three of us, and we additionally maintained a six-feet distance amongst us.”

The organisers had additionally cautioned the contributors towards the chicken flu outbreak. “We had been requested to avoid the birds’ nests and likewise hold a glance out for any lifeless birds. Thankfully, we didn’t come throughout any such instances.”

Apparently, this yr too there have been many fascinating species of birds corresponding to Purple Heron, Crimson Avadavat and Yellow Billed Babbler. A couple of migratory chicken species such because the Bluethroat, Crimson-crested pochard and Rosy Starlings, who had been noticed in large flocks, had been the star attraction of the occasion. The photographers additionally sighted a number of species of geese.

Fawad, a 25-year-old birder from the town who participated within the occasion for the second time, stated that the expertise was surreal. “I began chicken images fairly just lately, and to have the ability to seize the chicken of their pure habitat could be very thrilling. In truth, it was the primary time I ever noticed the Bluethroat and Rosy Starlings. I learnt so much too, particularly the best way to patiently watch for the chicken.”

Whereas the staff was capable of spot some stunning birds, a senior chicken photographer from the town Srinivas Mulagala, is frightened concerning the declining ecosystem. “I’ve been taking part within the Large Fowl Day for years, and annually I see that the ecosystem has been encroached additional. This yr too, there are a number of buildings close to the lake attributable to which we didn’t see many raptors that stay on timber. The water our bodies are additionally declining. The standard spot the place we clicked photos was empty in the present day. Fortunately, because of the heavy rains final yr, we had a couple of new spots the place the birds had been residing.”

Origin of Large Fowl Day

Fawaz Syed, Rajeev Khandelwal and Srinivas Mulagala
represented the town in documenting the chicken species.

The Large Fowl Day was initially began by the DelhiBird group (created by Nikhil Devasar and Bikram Grewal) as a casual occasion held in February or March. The primary Large Fowl Day was held on February 22, 2004, when 236 species of birds had been recorded throughout Delhi. Right now contributors from virtually each main metropolis within the nation take part within the competitors.


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