Category Archive for 'India'

When we visited Nagarhole in 2002, we faced considerable difficulties in making any sound recordings at all. Firstly, we had to seek permissions from the Chief Wildlife Warden of Karnataka State in Bangalore, necessitating a week-long journey to obtain the required documents. Nagarahole is a Project Tiger reserve, and access to the forest was restricted […]

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The unmistakable profile of a Common Hoopoe. I love these birds, with their distinctive thin bill and counterbalancing crest. I think they have evolved just to delight me! (Mind you, I could say that about most critters) Tweet

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Coppersmith Barbet feasts on figs. I am so delighted to share this photo. I have always been hoping for a good shot of this bird. Firstly, they are little jewels, secondly they are quite common and vocal, so they’re heard on many of our Indian albums. This image comes from our walk today, when we […]

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During our recent trip to India, I uploaded a collection of images of India’s songbirds. I posted a picture a day to our Listening Earth Facebook page for three weeks, and here I’m archiving them all in one place. Here we go! – week 1. Three Plain Prinias cuddle up in the morning sunlight. Tweet

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Among the mogul ruins of the ancient Indian town of Orchha, are the huge Raja and Jahangir Mahals, the Chaturbhuj Temple and a collection of impressive chhatris (cenotaphs) on the banks of the River Betwa. Atop the rooftops of these decaying buildings roost a colony of Indian Vultures. They are huge birds, but we didn’t […]

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We’re currently in Orchha, and our hotel is part of a mogul palace. A few nights ago, just on dusk, Sarah and I heard the sharp screeching of these owls high up under a massive stone gateway. It seemed their regular roost, and I made a mental note to come down around 6pm and see […]

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Nagzira Wildlife Reserve protects a forested and hilly area in central India where Tigers still roam, and the woodlands are filled with birdsong. First light across Nagzira Lake. Tweet

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Women of India

Although our work is about all things natural, I thought I would share a few of my ‘people’ images. These images were taken in 2006 during our last trip to India. Tweet

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At 4 a.m., It felt like we were driving across the surface of the moon. Overhead the stars shone; hard diamonds in an inky sky. The ground over which we drove was a featureless plain of baked, grey earth – the Rann of Kutch. This unique lowland area in the northwest of India lies between […]

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The most beautiful birdsong?

What is the most beautiful songbird in the world? If we mean ‘musical to our ears’, then surely one of our favourites would be the Malabar Whistling Thrush, Myophonus horsfieldii, of India. Also known as the ‘whistling schoolboy’, this bird has the most haunting and tuneful of songs – it is indeed like overhearing someone […]

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