We met our good friend and bird guide Rejeev at the usual spot near the bird sanctuary gate and proceeded towards Urulanthanni sector of the bird Sanctuary. This was my third visit to Thattekad after the birding bug bit me about couple of years back while on a wildlife photography workshop with ILCP Fellow and Conservation photographer Mr. Balan Madhavan. Thattekad is a special habitat, an evergreen forest which is surrounded by Human inhabited areas and also home to about 14 species which are endemic to Western Ghats. You can find the full list here.
Here are some of the birds we saw and could take a pic without disturbing the subjects.
|Sri Lanka Frogmouth|
|Brown Fish Owl - Juvenile|
Last week, the results of the inaugural Global Big Day were published on the ebird.org website. Results can be viewed here.
Prem and me share the No. 3 spot in terms of Bird lists contributors for the Global Big Day 2015 from Asia and No. 41 at the Global scale. Globally bird documentation is done really well in US and Canada with South america and India catching up pretty fast. As there's a very large cove of information which we need to unearth for many sustainable projects to support our own survival and conservation of nature - the need for using technology to document bird species by citizen Science initiative attains significance.
Looking forward to supporting this Citizen Science initiative.