Bird lovers in the city need not head to exotic locations to find some beautiful birds. This weekend, they can head to Zorba The Buddha, a global arts village, for a bird walk conducted by Amano Samarpan, a popular bird photographer and researcher from the United Kingdom.
Samarpan regularly visits India almost every six months for his research and has written two books — A Photographic Guide To The Birds Of India (2006) and Indian Birds In Focus. Currently in the city to research for his third book, Samarpan says this is the best time for a bird walk. “August is the breeding season when you can find the birds in different stages. A lot of them grow colourful wings and look very attractive. Many birds don’t fly away too far from the eggs and it is easy to spot or click them,” he says.
The one hour walk from 7 to 8 in the morning will be followed by breakfast and conversations with Samarpan. Peacocks, Kingfishers, Ducks, Blossom-headed Parakeets, coloured Doves, Green Barbet, Purple Sunbird, Cooper Smith, Tickell’s Flowerpecker, Koel and Brahimy Maina are some of the birds commonly seen here.
Bird watching sites in the city
Ridge area, also known as Bonta in North Campus, Delhi University, is popular in this season with bird walkers
Delhi Ridge near Buddha Jayanti Park
Okhla Barrage near Kalindi Kunj
Delhi Zoo on Mathura Road, near Purana Qila
Deer Park, Hauz Khas
What: Bird Walk
When: 21st August
Time: 7am to 10am
Price: R500 per person
Where: Zorba The Buddha, 7, Tropical Drive, Ghitorni, Mehrauli Gurgaon Road
Contact: 9250361903 (prior registration necessary)
Nearest Metro Station: Ghitorni on Yellow line