The winged sultans of Ranthambhore”

Birdingmurcia-Hemraj Meena(a)Hemraj Meena runs an ecotourism project in the small Indian village of Bhuriphari; a place remote from urban areas and close to nature in the surroundings of the Ranthambhore National Park, a territory in the past lived by legendary bandits and where still survives the Bengal tiger.

Considered a gentleman for his clients; reputed as one of the best guides of the National Park and winner of several awards as best birder and trekker in his region, Hemraj is the man behind the noble idea of promoting ecotourism in Ranthambhore worldwide.

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© Hemral Meena

Interview with HEMRAJ MEENA

Welcome Hemraj; is a pleasure to have this interview with you. Tell us how started your interest in wildlife.

I born and grown in surroundings of Ranthambhore National Park and closely observed nature and wild life so my interest is from childhood in wildlife.

How is habitual question in our interviews: Can you reveal what equipment you are using to get your pictures?

Canon D1100 body and lens is 70-250.

Birdwatching is always a rewarding activity but work in a place surrounded by tigers should be very exciting …

Both have equal place in sighting, apart from tiger sighting birding is a great activity.

So I’m afraid the animal for which you feel greater passion is the tiger, but I suppose there be place for a bird between your favourite species?

In a national park tiger sightings are for few minutes, I spend my more time in birding after seeing tigers, my favourite bird species are owls.

What is the main objective of your project “Ranthambhore EcoTourism” and what differences it has with other similar projects in your country?

The objective is to save wild life and nature with participation of local individuals around the park.

What role do birds on routes offered by “Ranthambhore EcoTourism” and which are the most interesting species from the point of view of ornithological tourism?

More then 250 different species of birds found in and near Ranthambhore: Demoiselle crane, Painted stork, raptors, rollers or pelicans are found.

As you relate on your website, there are several special places around Ramthambore for ecotourism and birding that have never been taken on a map or popularized by writing … Is this an advantage? Or do you think that more tourists would come if they were more popular sites?

Yes for sure if they are on more popular sites.

Do people in your region, feel the conservation and observation of wildlife as a good opportunity for the development of their economies?

Yes at my place 70 % of economy depend on tourism… so many N.G.O work for conservation and save nature.

You are very critical of those who take the observation of nature as another “consumer product” … But what is your attitude as a guide of wildlife?

As a naturalist and guide my responsibility is to ensure satisfaction of my clients in observing nature and wildlife. And i give all information about wild life and nature.

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© Hemral Meena

And now, lets talk about tigers. Certainly you are an expert tracking tigers. Do you use any technique or method of individual identification to monitor the tiger population?

Tigers are distinguished by their different stripe patterns. Tracking tigers is a experience which we get by spending more time in parks.

Tell us a especially exciting time during your contacts with the Tigers.

When tigress is with cubs.

What is the present and future of the Bengal tiger?

Good number has been increased in India of Bengal tigers and government doing good job.

Interview by J.M. Escarabajal (Birding Murcia)
The images that appear in this article are the property of Hemraj Meena; is necessary to request permission to the author for publication or any other use of the same.

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Birders Around The World” is an idea promoted by the Association Southeast Alive (Sureste Vivo) through the Project Birdingmurcia.



“Birding pictures from Western India”

The region of Rajasthan in Western India is an ideal place to practice bird watching. Sudhir Garg, basically a nature lover photographer interested in bird photography, as he describes himself, offers us an excellent example of ornithological wealth of this area.

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You have an extensive collection of pictures. How did began your passion for bird photography? You make this activity professionally or just as an amateur?

I m a golf player playing golf for last 10 years at various courses. During playing golf I found that all the golf courses are good habitat place for various kinds of birds as the grounds are comparatively safe place for breeding, nesting with lots of trees and pollution free atmosphere without lots of traffic and human presence. That developed my interest into birds and later into bird photography…!!

What equipment do you use to get your pictures?

Right  now i m using Nikon D 80 Camera and Nikon 18- 135 mm, Sigma 70-300 mm and 150-500 mm Lens.

Is there a group of birds or species in particular that awaken your interest?

Nothing like that, all type of birds interest me equally.. though colourful birds and big raptors are always seek ur attention more.!!

Where can we find more photographic work such as this that we show in this story?

It can be seen at following links..

I think you’ve got some prizes with your photos, is there any especially important to you?

Not participated so far… My photo just won 2 ‘Best of the Day’ awards on Pixoto.com!http://www.pixoto.com/sudhirggarg/recent

Do you collaborate with any conservationist association or some bird club?

Few of them  from time to time as and when need arises.

Is there a great passion for birdwatching and wildlife photography among the population of India? How people perceive in your country nature conservation?

India is one of the best in world over for bird watching, availability of varieties of species and wild life conservation.

As a resident in a country that receives large numbers of tourists think the ornithological tourism is a good resource for bird conservation?

Certainly… it is quite a big resource

In a country as exotic as India, with a nature so exuberant and with presence of a fauna composed of big mammals and reptiles such as tigers, rhinos, elephants, crocodiles …. how can one be decided by the birds?

India is more than that, full of nature, heritage, religious and historic monuments, snow covered mountains, green valley’s with waterfalls.. still huge no of diff species of birds. About 14% of birds all over the bird are in India. Due to religious values birds are not killed and eaten here like in most of other Asian and western countries and for most of the migratory birds India is favourite attracting them from thousands of miles.. That’s why they are still available and growing and breeding in India. Birds are quite innocent, easily accessible and the number of varieties with beautiful colours and action I like photographing them then other animals and reptiles.

How and why born the idea of promoting an International Birding Group on Facebook like BIRDING FRIENDS?

Regarding that Birding group .. it was some accidental .. I had only 2/3 Birding friends with me on my Facebook group. I just wanted to separate them from my other FB members.. so I casually tied to separate these Ids from other and give the casual name Birding Frnds… and then later I realised that I have opened a group… them some more members showed interest.. keep adding them and later formalised all the rules and regulations. Now the total number touching to 4000 app and everyday lots of new members keep adding on. The specificity is all Indian as well as international birds and members are accepted. In case of one other popular group bird pics from Indian subcontinent is allowed only…

Interview by J.M. Escarabajal (Birding Murcia)
The images that appear in this article are the property of Sudhir Garg is necessary to request permission to the author for publication or any other use of the same.
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“Raising the flight over the skies of India”

Nisha represents sap new to the scene of photography of birds. Her youth permeates of vitality and freshness every one of her photos; and the beauty, quality and dynamism of its images amazed and pleasantly surprised as can be seen in this magnificent and spectacular series of birds in flight. Nisha deserves something more than our recognition and possibly in the near future we will see their work published in a professional way. Now enjoy this stunning story because, in this case: an image is worth more than a thousand words.

© Nisha Purushothaman

Hi I am Nisha.

I am not a full time professional photographer, but camera was and is my first love. I have been always in love with birds, wildlife and the natural world for as long as I can remember. I always get thrilled, when through patience, or perhaps a little edible exploitation, a normally timid species accepts me sufficiently to enable a close approach and to allow me and my camera to capture a glimpse of their core essence. Every picture on this report has a story behind it, and my aim is to hopefully share the same with others, something of the beauty and wonder of the natural world that I have been honored to witness and photograph.I hope you find inspiration in what you discover.

Although I love all living things birds have always particularly fascinated me with their beauty, variety and behavior. By photographing plants and insects as a child, my interest in wildlife photography began, and started gL

athering information on each subject I photograph, so I thought that only “.info” will fit with the website as an extension.

My travels and number of hours in the field have produced wonderful opportunities for me to photograph a variety of birds. I am now trying to broaden my remit to capture good images of animals, reptiles, and insects.

I am trying to concentrate more  into bird photography since 2010, when I got introduced to Shutter Bugs Creative Forum a small photo enthusiastics lead by Mr.Muhammed Arfan Asif. Mr.Arfan is a very helpful al-round photographer. I use a Canon 60 D along with Canon 100-400 lens. I find that DSLR have many practical advantages over film, but more importantly, this helps to reduce the usage of paper and being a part of go green movement in my own way.

The digital photographer has to be master of both a camera and computer digital editing techniques, so I have always tried to learn new lessons from various websites, blogs and forums. These are becoming very helpful because I get a fast feedback from around the world.

All images of Nisha are available for purchase as prints or for commercial use. Please contact Nisha in her website.



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“Birders Around The World” is an idea promoted by the Association Southeast Alive (Sureste Vive) through the Project Birdingmurcia.