Birds – a gift of Mother Nature to us, by Sanjay Chhimwal

White-Rumped Shama (Copsychus malabaricus) We all at some point in our life are fascinated with birds. During our childhood days, our adulthood or old age. Birds are found in different shape, size and colour. Birds are in true sense a gift of Mother Nature to us. Birds are a very special life form on earth as these winged creatures are capable of flying, running and even some can swim. Not all birds can fly like kiwi, ostrich. In many birds male and female birds of same species are of different colour this is called sexual dimorphism. Usually males are more beautiful and females are little dull...
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Fishing for Tiger, by Philip Game

If you don’t spot a tiger in India’s Corbett Tiger Reserve, at least the fish are biting. “Tiger is giving us dodge”, declares wildlife guide Hem Bahuguna, calling a halt near some tell-tale pug marks (pawprints) and scrapings. As the engine cools, then stills, we hear only the birds, the soft breeze and the distant chattering of monkeys. From time to time, another jeep materialises, stopping to exchange a few words. Otherwise, here in India, most crowded of nations, there is perfect peace. Corbett is India’s first, perhaps finest, Tiger Reserve and is buffered by surrounding tracts of...
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Harak Singh Aswal

A pioneer ornithologist in Uttarakhand. This simple and revered Forester has served the forest department for over 35 years. Known as “the pelican” Harak Singh was a genius with his knowledge of birds. Birdwatching series particularly from U.K. were promoted by his name in the Seventies and eighties. Even the late Rajiv Gandhi would keenly participate in the birdwalks led by Harak Singh in the Dhikala chaur (grassland) as many other state guests. The last few years of service was spent as an instructor at the Kalagarh Training Institute. Far from the hustle and bustle Harak Sing Aswal...
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Dr Koustubh Sharma

When Vulture programme in the Corbett area was taking off Kostubh Sharma was the first to come forward with help. Koustubh had a keen interest in wildlife since school days and the city of Bhopal, where he grew, provided ample opportunities to nurture his interests in bird watching and wildlife. Academically inclined towards mathematical sciences, he did his Masters in Physics from the University of Bhopal. It was during this period that he also conducted a small study on the avian fauna of Bhopal, and developed his first stand-alone software to help identify birds. This led to his association...
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