TALKING TREES : SAL AND SEMAL

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The phenomenon of plant blindness and tree blindness has been well documented the world over and it’s natural for city folks who are not living in the lap of nature anymore to forget the names of the trees, to forget what the leaves could be used for, to forget what the fruits could be used for and unfortunately it’s a problem we are all suffering from and that why during this lockdown I decided to start this unique initiative which I’m hoping I could continue, become a student again and learn about these trees once again in this new article called Talking Trees (part -3). So, who’s going to help me navigate this mysterious world of trees? Well apart from that World Wide Web we all know; I’m also going to be using pictures from this wonderful website called Flowers of India which has documented a large proportion of the flora that […]

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OUR RECOMMENDED SAFARI TRAVEL KIT – INDIA

There’s a lot that goes into making our safari experiences here in India special. It takes a lot of preparation, research about the location, sightings, local travel restrictions, weather conditions, and plenty else. However, we did want to share with you a few useful things that we recommend you have on every safari trip in India, to elevate the experience, enrich your knowledge, and appreciate the forest in such a way, that you keep coming back again and again. So here they are! SPECIFICATIONS: Warranty details: 1 year Eye Relief: 14 mm Magnification and objective lens: 10×42 Waterproof/fog-proof: yes Coating: Multicoated lens Type of Prism: roof prism Field of View @1000m: 98m Weight: 618 grams The Celestron Outland X is a roof-prism binocular. For regular wildlife safaris and birdwatching in India, lugging around the heavier Porro-prism binoculars (Google that!) can become tiresome in the long term. So we recommend that […]

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TALKING TREES: AMALTAS, DHAVDA, AND SALAI

The phenomenon of plant blindness and tree blindness has been well documented the world over and it’s natural for city folks who are not living in the lap of nature anymore to forget the names of the trees, to forget what the leaves could be used for, to forget what the fruits could be used for and unfortunately it’s a problem we are all suffering from and that why during this lockdown I decided to start this unique initiative which I’m hoping I could continue, become a student again and learn about these trees once again in this new article called Talking Trees (part -2). So, who’s going to help me navigate this mysterious world of trees? Well apart from that World Wide Web we all know; I’m also going to be using pictures from this wonderful website called Flowers of India which has documented a large proportion of the flora that […]

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TALKING TREES : TEAK AND KHAIR

The phenomenon of plant blindness and tree blindness has been well documented the world over and it’s natural for city folks who are not living in the lap of nature anymore to forget the names of the trees, to forget what the leaves could be used for, to forget what the fruits could be used for and unfortunately it’s a problem we are all suffering from and that why during this lockdown I decided to start this unique initiative which I’m hoping I could continue, become a student again and learn about these trees once again in this new article called Talking Trees. So, who’s going to help me navigate this mysterious world of trees? Well apart from that World Wide Web we all know; I’m also going to be using pictures from this wonderful website called Flowers of India which has documented a large proportion of the flora that we actually find […]

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BIRD WATCHING: TOP 6 (INTRODUCTORY) BINOCULARS USED IN INDIA

Bird-watching-binoculars

Is bird watching starting to reel you in? This increasingly popular (and addictive!) hobby is witnessing a growth in India like never before, and more than ever, people are visiting their nearest patch of wilderness to uncover those beautiful avian treasures. However, it can be a challenging hobby first up. How do you spot those little black dots that flit in and out of the canopy for the barest of seconds? When you first start birding, you will soon realize that having the right tools is invaluable for your long-term commitment to the hobby and therefore, it is vital to have a good set of binoculars for bird watching.  As your list of birds and the fascination to bird watch will increase, you will also be on the lookout for the best birding binoculars. However, before you pick any basic binocular that says ‘perfect binoculars for beginners’, you need to […]

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Mumbai Birdwatchers’ Club: Birding by the beach- Bhuigaon, Vasai

Birders just need an excuse to start birdwatching. Even with the first birdwalk of the season starting at the all-time favorite, Bhandup Pumping Station (part of the Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary) where we were sizzled to a crisp with the heat and humidity such that pakoras (fried dumplings) become the popular term to refer to each other, the spirits never once dampened (even with all the sweat!) and there was plenty of demand for the next walk.

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