Monday, 27 January 2020

Punjab - Lohri Celebrations and Dasuya Forest

India has a unique feature of 'Unity in Diversity'. She homes many religions that brings variety of festivals and it adds to her beauty. We at OikoEssence, decided to start our New year 2020 camping with celebration of 'Lohri' festival in Punjab. We got a nice homestay in Amritsar called 4N Homestay. We are thankful to this family who allowed us to be a part of their family's traditional Lohri celebration.

Next day after the celebrations we moved to Dasuya forest for Birding. There is Talwara Dam nearby  which is on the boundary of two states - Punjab & Himachal Pradesh. We are grateful to Dasuya Forest Department for helping us in conducting this camp.

Sharing the list of sightings (All the waders are from Talwara region of Dasuya forest)

Amritsar 
 1. Rose-ringed parakeet
2. Black drongo
3. Common myna
4. Black kite
5. Bank myna
6. Rock pigeon
7. White throated kingfisher
8. Large billed crow
9. House crow

 Dasuya
1. Great cormorant
2. Indian cormorant
3. Little cormorant
4. Grey heron
5. Little egrate
6. Intermediate egrete
7. White throated kingfisher
8. Black kite
9. Eurasian wigeon 
10. Common coot
11. Common shelduck
12. Ruddy shelduck
13. Spot-billed duck
14. Red wattled lapwing
15. Common moorhen
16. Purple swamphen
17. White-browed wagtail
18. Common sandpiper
19. Plumbeus water redstart
20. Indian robin
21. Little grebe
22. White wagtail
23. Common pochard
24. Brown headed gull
25. Crow phesant
26. Rose ringed parakeet
27. Jungle babbler
28. Eurasian marsh harrier
29. Little ringed plover
30. Palm swift

Dassua day 2
1. Red vented bulbul
2.Red whiskered bulbul
3. White eared bulbul
4. Plum-headed parakeet
5. Rufous treepie
6. Black rumped flameback
7. Long tailed shirke
8. Laughing dove
9. Spotted dove
10. Purple heron
11. Cattle egret
12. Barbary falcon
13. Red avadavat
14. Scaly breasted munia
15. Ashy prinia
16. Plain prinia
17. Great tit
18. Black redstart
19. Ferruginous duck
20. Red crested pochard
21. Northern pintail
22. Northern shoveler
23. Griffon vulture
24. Common teal
25. River tern
26. Red jungle fowl
27. Small button quail
28. Oriental white eye
29. Blue whistling thrush
30. Common myna
31. Indian grey hornbill
32. Asian pied starling
33. Red napped ibis
34. Gull billed tern
35. House sparrow
36. Black shouldered kite
37. Eurasian collared dove
38. Grey breasted prinia
39. Yellow crowned woodpecker
Pic by Rupali G

Pic by Rupali G

Pic by Rupali G

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Pic by Rupali G

Pic by Rupali G

Pic by Rupali G

Pic by Rupali G


Desert National Park, Bikaner, Jodhpur - Rangilo Rajasthan camp

Pic by Gauri G


Rajasthan has always been favorite destination for many tourists. OikoEssence had a nature camp to Desert National Park. We got to see some awesome desert landscapes, flora and fauna.

The Group
Pic by Rupali G



Being in Rajasthan,one should not avoid visiting heritage sites and off-course enjoying local food and cultural dance!  We visited Desert NP, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Gajner, Jorbeed, Khichan, Jaisalmer and enjoyed every moment of it. Sharing some photographs and list of sightings of the camp. We are grateful to local guide Anwar and Researcher Dr. Ravikiran for introducing us to this wonderful sight of nature.
Below is the list of sightings noted during the camp


Pic by Rupali G
Birds

1.    Bank Myna (Acridotheres ginginianus)
2.    Bimaculated Lark (Melanocorypha bimaculata)
3.    Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus)
4.    Cream-coloured Courser (Cursorius cursor)
5.    Crested Lark (Galerida cristata)
6.    Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti)
7.    Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus)
8.    Green Bee-eater (Merops orientalis)
9.    House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
10. Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis)
11. Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina)
12. Laggar Falcon (Falco jugger)
13. Southern Grey Shrike (Lanius meridionalis)
14. Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax)
15. Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)
16. Common Teal (Anas crecca)
17. Demoiselle Crane (Anthropoides virgo)
18. Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
19. Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius)
20. Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata)
21. Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)
22. Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
23. Variable Wheatear (Oenanthe picata)
24. Black Kite (Milvus migrans)
25. Common Coot (Fulica atra)
26. Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
27. Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus)
28. House Crow (Corvus splendens)
29. Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis)
30. Purple Sunbird (Cinnyris asiaticus)
31. Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus)
32. Ruff (Calidris pugnax)
33. Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis)
34. White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)
35. Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)
36. Shikra (Accipiter badius)
37. Rose-ringed parakeet (Psittacula krameri)
38. Common moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)
39. Little egret (Egretta garzetta)
40. Rock pigeon (Columba livia)
41. Indian Pond heron (Ardeola grayii)
42. Indian peafowl (Pavo cristatus)
43. Indian robin (Saxicoloides fulicatus)
44. Spotted Red shank (Triga tetanus)
45. Oriental magpie robin (Copsychus saularis)
46. Rufous Treepie (Dendrocitta vagabunda)


Mammals

1.    Chinkara (Indian Gazell)
2.    Blackbuck
3.    Nilgai
4.    Indian Hare
5.    Hanuman Lagur
6.    Wild boar
7.    Desert Fox
Grey Mongoose


Photographs

Pic by Gauri G

Pic by Shreya B

Pic by Shreya B

Pic by Shreya B

Pic by Shreya B

Pic by Rupali G

Pic by Rupali G

Pic by Rupali G

Pic by Rupali G

Pic by Rupali G
Pic by Rupali G

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Pic by Gauri G

Pic by Gauri G
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Pic by Rupali G

Sunday, 8 December 2019

Manipur Camp Report November, 2019

Located in North-East of part of India, Manipur has a varied range of geographical diversity. A place where world’s only floating National Park is still surviving and is a last refuge for ‘Dancing Deer – Sanghai’. We, the OikoEssence campers were lucky to spot two of them during our visit. We had a nature camp in southern and eastern Manipur for eight days and could see good amount of flora and fauna. As it is done for all camps, we have prepared a list of our sightings using field guides and mobile apps. We are glad to share the same with you all.  We hope that this blog will be useful for conservationists and all nature lovers (who respect the local lifestyle and the biodiversity) who are planning to visit this place.


Pic by Dr. Ashish N

Pic by Dr. Ashish N.
Apart from orchids, plants species like Strobilanthes auriculata, Nymphoides indica, Eichhornia spp, Heliotropium indicum, Mimosa pp, Entada spp, Melastoma spp, Ginger, Tennis ball tree and Stag-horn fern were seen in abundance.  
Pic by Shreya B
Pic by Shreya B

Pic by Shreya B

Pic by Rupali G
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Pic by Shreya B
Fauna

Insects
Dragonflies
Ditched Jewel
Trumpet tail
Damselflies
Bamboo tail
Coromandel marsh dart
Saffron-faced marsh dart
Butterflies
1.       Common leopard
Pic by Rupali G
2.       Chestnut tiger
3.       Common baron
4.       Sullied sailor
5.       Clear sailor
6.       Common bluebottle
7.       Common bird-wing
8.       Rustic
9.       Common leopard
10.   Common gull
11.   Lemon pansy
Pic by Rupali G
12.   Chocolate albatross
13.   Chocolate pansy
14.   Common sergeant
15.   Black Prince
16.   Punchinello
17.   Common cerulean
18.   Common bush-brown
19.   Dark glass blue
20.   Blue pansy
21.   Yellow pansy
Pic by Rupali G
22.   Lime blue
23.   Water snow flat
24.   Complete paint brush swift
25.   Glassy tiger
26.   Emigrant
27.   Common palm fly
28.   Danied egg-fly
29.   Red Helen
30.   Great egg-fly
31.   Striped tiger
Pic by Rupali G
32.   Plain tiger
33.   Common wanderer
34.   Common crow
35.   Grey pansy
36.   Peacock pansy
37.   Common Mormon38.   Common rose
39.   Cabbage white
40.   Grass yellow
41.   Common tit
42.   Cruiser


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Pic by Shreya B
Other insects
1.       Praying mantis
2.       Robber fly
3.       Asian weaver ant
4.       Bag worm

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Pic by Rupali G



Arachnids:
1.       Signature spider
2.       Giant-wood spider
3.    Tunnel web spider
Pic by Shreya B







Pic by Shreya B



Reptiles:
1.       Calotes spp





Birds: Manipur bird-list shared by Dr. Ashish Nanabhai . Date: 3rd to 8th Nov 2019

Pic by Rupali G
1. Mountain Tailorbird (Orthotomus cuculatus)
2. Asian Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi)
3. Maroon Oriole (Oriolus traillii)
4. Rufous-bellied Woodpecker (Hypopicus hyperythrus)
5. Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata)
6. Blue-throated Barbet (Megalaima asiatica)
7. Golden-throated Barbet (Megalaima franklinii)
8. Black-crested Bulbul (Pynconotus flaviventris)
9. Crested Serpent-eagle (Spilornis cheela)
10. Crested Finchbill (Spizixos canifrons)
Pic by Rupali G
11. Orange-bellied Leafbird (Chloropsis hardwickii)
12. Chestnut-vented Nuthatch (Sitta nagaensis)
13. Bronzed Drongo (Dicrurus aeneus)
14. Scarlet Minivet (Pericrocotus specious)
15. Mrs Gould's Sunbird (Aethopyga gouldiae)
16. Streaked Spiderhunter (Arachnothera magna)
17. Ultramarine Flycatcher (Ficedula westermanni))
18. Rufous Treepie (Dendrocitta vagabunda)
19. Rufous Sibia (Heterophasia capistrata)
20. Fulvous-breasted Pied Woodpecker (Dendrocopos macei)
Pic by Rupali G
21. Common Bushchat (Saxicola torquatus)
22. Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea)
23. Lesser Coucal (Centropus bengalensis)
24. Greater Coucal (Centropus sinensis)
25. Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
26. Brown-headed Barbet (Megalaima zeylanica)
27. Rufous-bellied Eagle (Hieraaetus kienerii)
28. Cattle Egret (Bubulcus Ibis coromandus)
29. Indian Pond-heron (Ardeola grayii)
30. Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus)
31. Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach)
Pic by Rupali G
32. White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)
33. Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)
34. Greater Spotted Eagle (Aquila clanga)
35. Black-eared Kite (Milvus (migrans) lineatus)
36. Indian Golden Oriole (Oriolus kundoo)
37. Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)
38. Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)
39. Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
40. White Wagtail (Motacilla alba)
41. Oriental Magpie-robin (Copsychus saularis)
Pic by Shreya B
42. Oriental White-eye (Zosterops palpebrosus)
43. Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius)
44. Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)
45. Oriental Turtle-dove (Streptopelia orientalis)
46. Laughing Dove (Streptopelia senegalensis)
47. Red-vented Bulbul (Pynconotus cafer)
48. Wire-tailed Swallow (Hirundo smithii)
49. Pied Bushchat (Saxicola caprata)
50. Rufous-backed Sibia (Heterophasia annectans)
51. House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
52. Purple rumped sunbird (Nectarinia zeylonica)
53. Velvet-fronted Nuthatch (Sitta frontalis)
54. Common Hoopoe (Upupa epops)
Pic by Rupali G

Pic by Shreya B

Pic by Rupali G
Mammals:
1.       Sangai deer (Brow-Antlered Deer)
2.       Northeastern forest squirrel






 Other clicks
'Looks' (All pics by Rupali G)

 

 


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