Bird-watching at CEL: Gajendra Harangi, Regional Coordinator–LTV, FSL-India

Bird-watching at CEL: Gajendra Harangi, Regional Coordinator–LTV, FSL-India

Birds have fascinated people for a long time because of their vibrant colours, ability to fly so gracefully and melodious, trilling voices. The ‘singing’ of birds is one of Nature’s most beautiful experiences.YELLOW-BROWED BULBUL

I am also a person who is attracted to birds. I have been staying at FSL-India’s Centre for Experiential Living (CEL), Shettrakatte for the past 2 years, and it has provided me with a great opportunity to experience the biodiversity of birds in this area.

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FSL’s CEL is located in Kundapur, on the Southwest coast of India. At the Centre, you can find a wide range of trees, such as mango, cashew, coconut, chikku, jamun, jackfruit, guava and many more!ASHY DRONGO

ASIAN BROWN FLYCATCHER

ASIAN FAIRY-BLUEBIRD

ASIAN PARADISE-FLY CATCHER-MALE

Bird-watching is an extremely fulfilling and exciting experience. ASIAN PARADISE-FLYCATCHER-FEMALE

BLACK CROWNED NIGHT HERON

BLACK DRONGO

BLACK HEADED MUNIA

At the same time, you can learn many things about Nature from the birds.This hobby will make you find the answer to many questions about life. BLACK HEADED ORIOLE

BLACK-CRESTED BULBUL

BLUE ROCK PIGEON

COMMON GOLDEN-BACKED WOODPECKER

In this particular place (CEL), I found more than 40 different types of birds! COMMON HILL MYNA

COMMON IORA

COMMON TAILORBIRD

GOLD-FRONTED LEAFBIRD-MALE

Some of them visit the Centre during a particular season and the others are natives of the area.GOLD FRONTED LEAFBIRD-FEMALE

GRAY JUNGLEFOWL

GREATER COUCAL

GREATER FLAMEBACK

Taking photos of birds is a great hobby. It requires patience and a bit of luck.

GREATER RACKET-TAILED DRONGO

HEART SPOTTED WOODPECKER

INDIAN HANGING PARROT

INDIAN PEAFOWL-FEMALE

Birds are very sensitive. They will see you before you see them. Our way of walking, the clothes we wear and the places where we hide are also important to take good photos of birds. INDIAN PEAFOWL-MALE

INDIAN TREEPIE

LITTLE CORMORANT

LONG TAILED MINIVET

I succeeded sometimes and failed many times. MALABAR GREY HORNBILL

MARSHALL'S IORA

ORIENTAL MAGPIE ROBIN-MALE-

RED-WHISKERED BULBUL

This hobby taught me the importance of birds in Nature. ROSE RINGED PARAKEET

ROSY STARLING

RUFOUS BABBLER

RUFOUS WOODPECKER

I started to give small talks at schools about birds. I wanted the children to begin to look in the trees and enjoy the beauty of nature.SMALL BEE EATER

SPOTTED DOVE

WHITE-BREASTED KINGFISHER

WHITE-CHEEKED BARBET

Hope you start doing so… do visit us at CEL. Who knows, you might just catch a glimpse of all our feathered friends!

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  1. Excellent photography. Nature’s beautiful creatures are captured. Encourages me to save them