Bird Watching

Uttarakhand-4 months after the deluge

Uttarakhand-4 months after the deluge
-Susan Sharma 
See a slide show on the beauty of the Kedar Valley which needs to be regenerated at continues to follow up the progress made by Yashpal Negi whose camp,  which housed bird watchers from all over the world for 13 years, vanished overnight.
Yashpal has received no aid/relief  from any of the Government  Departments. 
Santanil Ganguli (Calcutta) has filed this visual report of the progress made by the dedicated bird lover.    He can be contacted at

Mandakini Magpie Bird Camp which vanished in the Floods

Probable Site for Bird Watching Camp of Yashpal Singh Negi

Mr. Yash Pal Singh Negi like to build his BIRD WATCHING CAMP very near to this temple.

Road end for Makkumath,  10km.s from Bhiri, Rudraprayag.

The particular site where Mr. Negi is going to build his Bird Watching Camp.

He still needs help from bird watchers to rebuild his camp.
For the benefit of those who wish to render monetary aid, we are  again providing his account details:

Name: Yashpal Singh Negi
Bank: State Bank Of India
Branch: Bhiri
Saving Account No: 11442534733
NEFT/IFSC Code: SBIN0009834

Please remit your contributions directly, and intimate him accordingly.  
His numbers are +91-9412909399 and +91-9720709499

Those who contribute more than Rs 1000/- may send in their name, email id , date and amount of credit to IndianWildlifeClub .com will send a high resolution copy of ‘ Morning Glory at Kedarnath” to each one of them. 

PS: Added in March 2015
Mr Negi has sent photographs of  his New Camp at Makku, which is now up and running.



Events in November 2013

International Conference On Indian Ornithology 2013
The Sálim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON) is hosting the second edition of the International Conference on Indian Ornithology 2013 (ICIO-2013) on its campus at Anaikatty, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India from November 19 to 23.
The conference will deliberate upon various aspects of Indian ornithology and would offer a platform to share the experiences of researchers from India and abroad. It will also encompass a wide range of people who include scientists, academics, protected area managers, policy-makers and administrators from government departments, and NGOs involved in ornithological studies and conservation.

Event details:
Dates: November 19 to 23, 2013
Venue: Sálim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History, Anaikatty, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India.
Contact Details: The Coordinator, ICIO-2013,Sálim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History, Anaikatty (Post), Coimbatore – 641 108Tamil Nadu, India.

Telephone: +91 422 2203100, 2203109 Fax: +91 422 2657088
Related info:

4-day intensive Quark Workshop on digital photography & HDSLR filmmaking in Delhi.
 November 9: Digital PHOTOGRAPHY
November 11,12,13: HDSLR Filmmaking.
Venue: AKSHARA Theatre(Baba Kharag Singh Marg, near Connaught Place).

1 day Photography Workshop,
4 days of re-tooling for practising filmmakers,
A window into HDSLR filmmaking for students & enthusiasts

HDSLRs have changed the way we perceive the image making for cinema and documentaries alike. From Hollywood to Bollywood, many DOPs have added the HDSLR to their arsenal.
However, it is not easy to use a stills camera for filmmaking.
The deployment of these cameras needs a bit of re-tooling and some workarounds to manage the issues associated with DOF, moiré, compression, codecs, safe storage, intermediate files and the post-production workflows.
We hold workshops, giving a window to the world of HDSLR filmmaking, and some hands-on training on how to make it work.
The modules of this workshop are based on our past experience with the participants of our previous workshops.

Previous Master-classes & Workshops:
2013. Open Frame Film Festival (PSBT), New Delhi.
2013. London College of Communication, London.
2013. 7th National Shorts & Documentary Film Fest, Bhubaneshwar.
2012. Mumbai International Film Festival. Experimental Theatre, NCPA.
2011. Vatavaran Film Festival. The Convention Centre, New Delhi.
2011.Central University of Rajasthan. Kishangarh, Rajasthan.
2010, 2011. Action Northeast Trust, Bongaigaon, Assam.

The Quark Workshop:
Starting with the basics of digital photography (on day 1) we shall move on to more complex uses of Digital SLRs.
In the next three days of the workshop, we shall deal with the subject of HDSLR film-making in detail.
Right from rudimentary issues like customising the picture profiles to understanding how to avoid the usual traps of working with HDSLRs, we shall keep de-mystifying the process.
There shall also be a demonstration of the gear required to convert the HDSLR into a filmmaking device.
Sound recording and lighting up for the HDSLR set-up is part of the fare.
The last day shall be devoted to post-production workflows.
We are practitioners. The workshop is not meant to discuss theory and details of frame rates, line interpolation or film emulsion properties v/s the digital image. We are people who can demonstrate what can be done in a small budget using HDSLRs.
Our previous workshops had participants ranging from film-makers and DOPs from Mumbai and Regional Film-Industry, Cinematographers wanting to make the transition to the emerging digital technologies and students of film-making, besides photographers and enthusiasts.
The participation fee for the 4-day workshop is Rs. 12,000.
Those interested in taking only the photography session on 9 November, pay Rs. 3000.
For registration and payments, please contact:
Kavita Bahl 9910037244

CMS Vatavaran 2014
The festival is from 30th January - 03rd February 2014 
Mainstreaming Biodiversity Conservation
The 2013 theme is mainstreaming biodiversity conservation at different levels to promote living in harmony with nature. 
The theme is also significant in the context of recently held 11th Conference of Parties (CoP-11) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at Hyderabad, India and UN Decade on Biodiversity 2011-2020 (65th session of United Nations General Assembly resolution 65/161).
With the mission sustainability the 10th Conference of Parties (CoP-10) held in Japan agreed to the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Targets as the basis for halting and eventually reversing the loss of biodiversity of the planet. The overall purpose of all these endeavours is to inspire broad-based action in support of biodiversity over this decade (2011-2020) by all countries and stakeholders. Thus, 7th edition of CMS VATAVARAN will be promoting the coherent and effective implementation of Strategic Plan and Aichi Targets. 
 CMS VATAVARAN will organise several interesting talks, expert and film sessions focussing on the environmental, political, governance, social and economic aspects of the conservation & sustainable use of biodiversity, fair and equitable sharing of the benefits. More than 50 conservationists, policy makers' and the concerned communities will be engaged in five days of deliberations and discourses on the range of the sub-themes and cross-cutting issues:
Registration is free.  For more details 
Bharti G Kapoor
M: 098682 13566

Bird-watching for the beginners in Okhla Bird Sanctuary   December 2013
The Okhla Bird Sanctuary is a small but unique sanctuary for its rich avi-faunal diversity and one among the fifteen bird sanctuaries in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is located on the river Yamuna includes adjacent wetlands and small deltaic islands sandwiched between Delhi Metro and Noida city in the heart of NCT-Delhi. Only 4 sq. km area was notified and declared as Okhla Bird Sanctuary in the year 1990. This mini bird sanctuary is a habitat of more than 320 bird species recorded till date. 
There will be special efforts put towards making every participant to identify common birds at least this is done keeping in mind the Annual Waterfowl Census.
About 50% of the birds here are residents and the rainy season attracts a lot of interesting birds like Pelicans from neighbouring areas. Lets do a bird walk in Okhla on 2nd Wednesday.
Venue - Okhla Bird Sanctuary, 
Date –2nd December 2013
Time - 7.00 – 10.30am
Meeting point - at the gate of OBS from NOIDA side. 
Meeting time between 6.45. to 7am
Walk from 7-10.30am
Refreshments at 10.30am
Come with a small note book and pen, binoculars to make a list of birds seen. We will have spotting-scopes and a few binoculars with us in case if you don’t have one you are welcome to use these common shared resources.
Registration fee for Indian nationals Rs500/- (includes entry fee, resource person and refreshments, the vehicle should be parked outside. The vehicle entry fee & foreign nationals’ entry fee are not in the reg. fee.) 
Registration either through SMS or Email to
Contact number 9899155856 the last date for registration is 1st afternoon


Sangai Deer

Sangai Deer
- Ali Naqvi

Brow-antlered Deer is popularly known as Sangai.   Brow-antlered Deer is also known as Thamin Deer or Manipur Deer.
Place in wild where they are found - Keibul Lamjao National Park in Manipur is the only place where they survive in the wild. It is credit to the National Zoo, New Delhi  today there are more Brow-antlered Deer in the Zoo's than in the wild.

Description about the photographs- ( both the photographs were clicked on 8th October 2013)

Ali writes
"I am a aspiring photographer. I like all genres of photography, but still I have a more love for Wildlife Photography as compared to other genres of photography. I went at the National Zoology Park in Delhi for photography and I was just loving my day. Clicking White Tiger, Snakes, Black buck, Painted storks etc. everything was going just great. Then I saw something special, there was a area for Deers and Black Bucks where I saw the love of Mother and child. It was really amazing for me to see the love between the Deer and her child. Child was just following the Mother everywhere. Clicking them was better than anything else in the world." 

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