“Flight has immense meaning for us humans because we can’t do it. Instead we live in a dream of flight, and flight envy is part of the human condition. That’s why birds, more than any other group of living things, draw us into the world beyond humanity.”
Simon Barnes in ‘The Meaning of Birds’
With close to three hundred species of birds between them, SUJÁN’s locations are a ‘Twitcher’s Paradise’. But, before we delve into the differentiations between a Grey Shrike and a Bay-backed Shrike, this week’s blog sets an introduction for the coming weeks and months which will see a series on the birds at SUJÁN.
From commonly seen Jungle Babblers – a veritable mob of the forest – who shriek other feathered cousins out of their peace and calm first thing in the morning and nibble at your cookies which await guests at tea to the rarer Ospreys and Marsh Harriers whose charismatic display of predatorial prowess leaves even the most experienced birder awestruck, we have quite a range.
With the approach of summer other, migratory and otherwise lesser seen species such as Paradise Flycatchers, Greater (and lesser) Flamingos and the graceful Siberian Cranes begin to check-in to our sphere. The forthcoming series shall focus on these different species specifically, going into behavioural aspects and other fascinating nuggets about them.
What for instance is the collective noun for a group of Peacocks, and does it apply to Peahens as well? How are Twitchers’ different to Birders’? Where do the Demoiselle Cranes of Jaisalmer’s deserts come from and where do they go to? Do Ranthambhore’s Rufous Tree-pies really share a Tiger’s kills? What do Grey Partridge in Rajmahal Palace’s grounds feed on? How many species of birds dwell in Jawai’s wilderness? These and other questions will find their answers in the blogs to come. With birdwatching becoming easier and more accessible for more enthusiasts than ever before, birders have never had it better and our guides are twitching to take our guests around in the coming weeks and months. And while they conduct hours of bird-watching in the forests, farmlands, grounds, scrub and other habitats around our locations, we will continue to keep you updated with their findings and observations from the fields through this series.