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Birding In The Time Of Corona

Birding In The Time Of Corona

A Google search for the word birding returns the following: “the observation of birds in their natural habitats as a hobby”. However, the term natural habitat is becoming increasingly convoluted, given the extent of “progress” man has made over the years. Let us, therefore, assume that any place where a bird exists is its natural habitat, and therefore, what I describe below is indeed birding.

I would not call myself a seasoned birder, rather, an enthusiast trying to embrace a new-found calling. I live in an apartment located in a densely populated part of Bangalore, where finding a tree in itself may be considered grounds for celebration. I had not seen many birds in my locality to pique my interest, and so the birder in me always laid dormant.

The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic brought with it the work-from-home phenomenon. After working from home for a few months, my wife and I decided to move back to my hometown in Kerala. The birder in me made sure that I packed every piece of camera gear I own. Although I can write a lot about my hometown alone, in the interest of brevity, let me say just this – finding a spot there without a tree would be close to impossible!

Once in my hometown, it did not take much time for the calling to manifest. As a matter of fact, it happened the very first morning – in the form of a wake-up call from a Red-whiskered Bulbul. It was too noisy to sleep! Instinctively, instead of shooing the bird away, I rushed to get my camera. The next few hours were spent staring out through the bedroom window. This became a daily ritual and soon new locations were added to the list – the upper terrace, the lower terrace, and a few other windows. Work-from-home was thus augmented by birding-from-home, and the two-week home quarantine that I was dreading went by like a breeze.

Over the past few months, my wife and I have seen over a hundred different species of birds. Looking back, I find it hard to believe that I hadn’t noticed all these birds while growing up. I am just happy that I have finally begun to see and hear them. I just hope that I find the will to continue birding once I return to Bangalore.


Birding In The Time Of CoronaRed-whiskered Bulbul

Birding In The Time Of CoronaAsian Koel

Birding In The Time Of CoronaIndian Golden Oriole

Birding In The Time Of CoronaLoten’s Sunbird (M)

Birding In The Time Of CoronaRufous Treepie

Birding In The Time Of CoronaCinerous Tit

Birding In The Time Of Corona
Black-rumped Flameback

Birding In The Time Of CoronaWhite-throated Kingfisher

Birding In The Time Of CoronaBlue-tailed Bee-eater

Birding In The Time Of CoronaRed-vented Bulbul pair

Birding In The Time Of CoronaWhite-rumped Munia

Birding In The Time Of CoronaWhite-cheeked Barbet

About the Author /

I am an engineer at heart. In my journey through life, I have acquired a few other interests, of which I am most passionate about football and photography. I took the plunge into photography when I bought my first DSLR in 2015. I almost naturally gravitated towards nature and birds. My love for nature is always reflected in the places I choose for vacations - I prefer to be near a forest - something my better half doesn't find to be too amusing. During the initial days, it was all about photography and I was never keen on learning much about the birds. I soon realized that this strategy was not going to work. And thus began the life of a birder.

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