Friday, 16 January 2015

Watch Birds in Action, While You are in the God’s Own Country

If you love birds and want to spend some quality time watching birds in their natural surroundings, then the God’s Own Country would not disappoint you. Bird watching is quite an amusing activity and you do not have to be an ornithologist to observe birds in their natural habitat.

Get the best quality binoculars and high-definition cameras ready, before you head on for your bird watching session. Early bird gets the worm and without a doubt, to watch these birds ‘in action’ you need to wake up in the early hours.

Kumarakom (Kottayam), Thattekkad (Kothamangalam, Ernakulam), Kadalundi (Kozhikode), Pakshipathalam (Wayanad) are a few of the popular bird watching destinations in Kerala.

In Kumarakom, while you are busy exploring the backwaters (Vembanad lake), you can capture different bird species on your camera.

Make sure, your electronic devices are well charged and you have spare batteries as well. Forget, if you cannot be in the shoe of an ornithologist and know about the evolution and anatomy of birds, in general. Just be a keen traveler, who loves birds and wants to analyze the behavior of different birds.

During your exploratory tour, you can look ahead to watching some of these bird species in the natural habitat, viz. Egret (Herons), Black Stork, Darter Bird, Eurasian Teal. With great observation capabilities, you can examine different behavioral patterns of the birds. For better understanding, you need to be a regular bird watcher.

Thattekkad in Kothamangalam (as we mentioned above) is another hotspot, if you are so keen to explore all the bird shelters (natural habitats) in Kerala. From the Indian Pitta, Oriental Darter, Sri Lanka Frogmouth to Cormorant and Whiskered Tern, you can experience the beauty of all these species, while you are in Thattekkad.

You can choose Kadalundi in Kozhikode for watching Whimbrel, Brahminy Kite, Gulls and various other bird species.

Other than exploring birds at sanctuaries, you can even take pleasure watching different species while on an extended houseboat tour from Alleppey to Kollam. Frequent houseboat services are available on the route. During the expedition, you can bask in the beauty of the nature and find birds in action.

If luck favors, you would stumble upon a variety of birds en route (while sailing through the Vembanad and Ashtamudi Lakes), both local and migratory birds, viz. the Great Eared Nightjar, Painted Bush Quail, Black Baza , Booted Warbler, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Black Capped Kingfisher, Brown Fish Owl, Speckled Piculet and so on.

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So, when are you planning to visit Kerala for bird watching holidays?