RAPT OVER RAPTORS

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It takes a dedicated birder to go after raptors.
After all, these toughest of our feathered friends are not so easy to spot, follow and shoot!
Rahul Alvarez has obviously spent a lot of time and effort in building up his portfolio of raptors of Goa,
some of which we share with you.

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SARPASSED!

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Shammi Arora likes to go on treks and loves snow to boot. On this trek, he ‘Sarpassed’ his expectations.

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MARIANI MADNESS

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The person transcribing KP’s notes on his visit to the Hollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary
thought the pages of his notepad were smeared with tears.
Must be tears of joy, considering he had seen three of the four primates he had set out to see in this Sanctuary.
They were drops of sweat, KP clarified—he had paid for his sightings through the pores of his skin!

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HAR KI DUN

HKD-5 -- Beetle spotted in a terrace field

Hemant Kataria just cannot forget this trek he undertook a few years ago. All his memories, the good and the bad, continue to revisit him. We thought sharing his story with you would help lessen his burden.

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HENRY’S MANY GUEST

Black-capped Kingfisher

Henry’s Island and Frasergunje, specks on the Bay of Bengal coast not far from Kolkata, are hotspots for shorebirds, both resident and migratory. Naturally, they attract birders like Dipabali Paul and Avisek Chatterjee too.

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THE QUEST FOR JERDON’S TREE FROG

When a zoologist gets entrapped in history, he could send anybody up a tree.
Kaushik Deuti et al went looking for Jerdon’s tree-frog on the basis of nothing but
a vague mention in a century-old manuscript and a sound as subtle as water hitting water.
Was his wild frog chase a success?

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FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND

They say, ‘Life is a beach”. Mallar Sarkar and his friend decided to check out the veracity of this commonly used phrase, by going on a coastal trek in Andhra Pradesh. The Dolphin’s Nose pointed the way.

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