“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” ~ William Shakespeare
If you love the outdoors and nature, then bird watching and bird photography are an apt hobby for you. At least an online search will reveal that lately a large part of the population has taken this hobby up.
Well, firstly, we humans are wired to be outdoor hunters. In ancient times, we foraged the forest for our food and other necessities. Later, when we settled down as a civilization, we farmed controlled land to produce that same food. But we always imitated nature. So we often times go back to nature to gather more inspiration.
Nobody can deny that.
Secondly, with the advent of binoculars, bird watching gathered a popular interest. It is an economical practice where a pair of binoculars, a book, and a pencil is what you needed. It is with our latest gizmo gadgets that bird photography gradually climbed the popularity chart.
Now you can buy the latest cameras and hefty lenses and can further your interest.
Thirdly, traveling to the habitat of various bird species has also become easier. Mind it – the patience and perseverance have not. Still, you need to bid your time to capture that perfect shot. But whether it is the harsh cold desert landscape of Ladakh or thick forests of Western Ghats, the access has become comparatively easier.
Why do you wait in a wetland with mosquitoes swarming over your head as your eyes scan the ever elusive forest around you?
Because nature gives you priceless moments to witness when you wait! There is a joy when you spot a rare species in the canopy of a tree or make an incredible site of a soaring eagle right at your lens.
Breathtaking and awe-inspiring! Isn’t it?
Still, if you are undecided about whether you should pursue bird watching and photography as a hobby, read on. We present to you the stories of three of our most remarkable guests who have benefitted in a myriad ways from picking and pursuing this hobby.
Do you feel that you cannot prepare for a marathon because of your lingering back pain? Or you cannot put the chef hat because well, you burn stuff over the stove-top?
Then you should pick up some inspiration from Mr. Anupam Gupta. A cancer survivor and a nature lover to boot, he did not let his physical and psychological limitations to stop him from doing what he loves the most, bird watching and making superb images.
Our first rendezvous with Mr. Gupta happened way back in 2014 when he took a 5 days Chopta Valley tour with us. His sheer interest to understand jungles of India and eagerness to learn wildlife through the guidance of experts brought him to GoingWild tours.
Although his jungle passion took a backseat for a little while after that owing to his failing health, he was not the one to take a back seat. He rebounded with more gusto and enthusiasm than before.
Mr. Gupta, an ex-IITian and a man of many trades, is one of those charismatic characters who bear the flag of determination to explore corners across the globe through his bird watching scopes and long telephoto lenses.
Through his birding hobby, he has become a better person. When the opportunity came, he again resumed his jungle-exploration. This time he chose to spent longer duration in the wilderness - 11 days for cross country Bhutan birding in the summer of 2017. Again, in the summer of 2018, he spent another 10 days in Darjeeling and Sikkim with GoingWild's consecutive birding tours in Pangolakha and Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary.
Since we have witnessed this transformation and battle of willpower with physical frailty, we can recommend without a doubt that if you or somebody you know is under psychological or physical challenges, they will recover those barriers and would definitely find out a new meaning of LIFE through birding.
We came across this very quirky quote, ‘We talk so much about leaving a better planet to our kids that we forget about leaving better kids to this planet’.
Isn’t this true?
Are we mindful enough to rear our child who will gaze at this nature with equal fascination? Are they truly ready to take the baton of nature conservation from us?
Well, Ms. Suchitra Amburipudi is absolutely ready with her magic wand to mend the earth whenever she seeks her help!
Contrary to the participation of seasoned and expert birders, we take pride in our project when we see young guns like Ms. Suchitra taking the lead. At a tender age of 16, instead of ‘Netflix ‘n chill’ or romping the floors of the nearest shopping mall to chase a designer outfit, she has chosen nature to devote all her attention to.
For this past two years, she has been continuing wildlife tours with us. Learning from nature, understanding animal behavior, trying to remember different bird calls and taking photographs accordingly, she has created layers of depth in her birding and bird photography hobby.
Currently standing at 300+ different photographed bird species, her lust for watching birds and observing them is spellbinding.
But what really gets our heart, you ask?
Apart from creating a career in bird photography, Ms. Suchitra has decided to be a caregiver to nature and wildlife and take active participation in eco-conservation.
So if you want to bestow the best version of childhood and rear your little ones in the glory of our nature, then encourage them to pick up the hobby of bird watching and photography.
Make them the flag bearer of a better India, today!
Photographing birds in their natural habitat are extremely tricky. It requires oodles of patience apart from sharp eyes and acute senses. Because creating a rare image brings with it unbeatable glory!
Take, for instance, our super bird photographer, Jainy Maria. She is the most brilliant bird photographer that India ever had.
Spending hours after hours in harsh challenging weather, searching for a species, walking miles after miles, carrying super telephoto lenses - describes how dedicated she is for making a clutter-free image of rarest of the rare bird. It is not only the big lens she is carrying, but also the zeal and commitment to achieve - THE RARE BIRD.
Started in her early thirties, almost within 10 years she bagged most of the species photographed from Indian subcontinent with remarkable quality. She is the unbeaten queen of bird photography from India and currently associated with various natural history forums.
So if you want to create a career out of bird watching and photography, you absolutely can.
Human has been challenging all the odds throughout the journey since they are out of Africa seventy thousand years before. This journey brought the tenacity in his mind, to establish premiership for next millions of years in this blue planet. Still today, the journey is on. Breaking away all the physical challenges the determination has helped him to reach Mt. Everest.
So, dispel your doubts and embrace bird watching and photography as a productive hobby! It can work as a stress buster, as a fun-filling experience and lesson in the childhood and as a serious career choice as well.
Going wild doing wonderful job. I like main thing about them is all his committee members are knowledgeble in birding . Great keep it up.