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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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“But you will not be finding any birds singing in that area sir!” The Indian National Parks officer smiled reassuringly at me from behind his desk. My heart sank. “How do you know?” I replied. “It is part of my area, as Range Field Officer for that park, and I never hear any birds in […]

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Noise Pollution

When in India, we found ourselves amused at the variety and volume of car and truck horns. From reedy wheezes, old-time ‘honks’, blarting farts, to an ear-splitting rack of air horns – the range of sounds was extraordinary. Have a listen: Indian traffic, with those ubiquitous airhorns. But it is no laughing matter.Tweet

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A week later, and we have a crazy plan taking shape. In this time we have crossed Orissa, travelling firstly to Kotagar forest in the southwest, and then Sunaberra in the far west of the state. The latter in particular has been fascinating and given us some lovely recordings. However somewhere along the many kilometres […]

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Shiva sleeps in the vehicle, and we often feel embarrassed to wake him predawn. but this morning he is up at 4.30 knocking on our door. The air is still, and stars shine through the branches overhead, so conditions are good. Half an hour later we are off, heading out of the guesthouse compound and […]

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Back at the ‘Bison Room’, a busload of Indian picnickers has arrived out front, and any peace is shattered by the excited screams of children and a boombox Bollywood soundtrack. The riverfront at Tikapada is a popular picnic spot, so we can anticipate more of this in the coming days.Tweet

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We drive round a corner to find a dozen villagers running along the road ahead of us. They cast anxious glances behind them as they scatter, but smile as we pull alongside. An animated conversation ensues with our driver, Shiva. “Elephant!” he reports. They have just seen an elephant in the fields nearby and are […]

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The story of how we came to make this recording begins not in the depths of the forest, but like many of our endeavours in India, in a major city, chasing down bureaucrats.Tweet

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Part 3. (by Richard Sullivan) It is during our final morning in Bandipur that we have our most memorable encounter. The driver appeared to see them first. In an instant we were all aware that two leopards were crossing the track about 100 metres ahead. From that distance, the span from nosetip to extended tail […]

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