India - Be in the Rendezvous land of color, culture and fauna - Bird watching is another famous adventure sports in India. Various places in India like Bharatpur bird sanctuary, Salem Ali Bird Sanctuary etc are famous birding destinations in India.

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Whats Bird Watching!

Its the sport of spotting birds. Mostly liked by Ornithologists, it requires various arts to become a accomplished bird watcher. The two basic things required in this sport are patience and bird songs. So if you are in to this game, its better to start early. This inexpensive, easy and healthy game requires some more little things than paitence.

Types Of Bird Watching

In more professional words birdwatching is observing birds with naked eyes or with visual enhancments like binoculars and using ears to located thebirds. It a little bit different from Birding which is more intense and serious work.

»Sea Watching : It is observing birds from the coastal watch point Birds flying over the sea coasts are watched in this through binaculors.

»Twitching : It is another terminology given to observation of previously located rare birds. It is also known as Chasing.

Famous Birdwatching Places :

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Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
Natural Beauty comes to this Bird Sactuary naturally - the birds Paradise. The largest nuber of birds can be hovering here round the year, the winters being the best time to have a feast for the eyes.
Bird on Elephant Kaziranga National Park
Kaziranga National Park
The Sun Bird, Great Indian Rhinoceres, Khalij Pheasant, Greater-Spotted Eagle, Jungle Myna - all find a cosy home in Kaziranga National Park. Its also a favourite spot for bird spotting.

Eagle Kaziranga National Park

The Birding Pack

Binoculors, spotting scope, with tripod, notepad and field guides are the major things required for bird watching. Cameras of various size and focal length are an inseperable part of Bird Watching.

There are top notch Binoculors like Zeiss Victory FL 8x32 and Nikon Premier 10X42. There are certain things one should count before buying a binocular - easy to handle and lightweight, good focus even with one hand, true colors, good for both feeders and butterflies, closing as close as 18 inches (thats the closest you can get), smooth focus knob, fast focus, bright, sharp and free from fringing. On the top of all the binocular should have generous warranty service.

Tripods are the supporters for birdwatcing cameras, are usually a little heavy to stop the disturbances from air, but are light enough to be carried from one place to another.One should compare the height of the tripod with himself as a tripod usually fits the users height. Avoid tripods with centre columns adjusted to cranks as they usually make noise. Monopods are useful only with still cameras or video cameras.

The Scopes make for the main equipment for bird watching. Brightness, waterproof, mettalic, resolution, apertures, compact, light, maneuverable are the main features one should be looking for while buying a spotting scope. Some of the best at present are Carl Zeiss Diascope 85T FL, Swarovski ATS80 scope Swarovksi ATS80 HD and Pentax PF-80ED Pentax PF-80ED-A .

Places For Birdwatching In India

Ladakh, Himacha. Nanda Devi, Madhya Pradesh, Rajastan are some of the places which are best known bird watching grounds in India. Here is a list of the popular National Parks and Sancturies in India -
  • Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
  • India Wildlife - Corbett National Park
  • .Bharatpur National Park
  • Kaziranga National Park
  • Gulf of Mannar Marine Biosphere Reserve
  • Rajasthan: Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
  • Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
  • The Sundarbans
  • Nanda Devi National Park
  • Keoladeo Ghanna Sanctuary
  • The Nanmangalam Reserve Forest
  • Periyar National Park
  • Ranthambore National Park
  • Great Sal Forest
  • Nanda Devi Sanctuary

  • Notable Birdwatchers and Ornithologists Of India

  • Salim Ali - Father Of Indian Ornithologists
  • Induchoodan, Indian environmentalist and ornithologist

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