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An Indian Pond heron hunting for grubs at the 9th hole fairway of the Panchkula Golf Club.(PHOTO: VIKRAM JIT SINGH)

Wildbuzz: An uncommon smartness

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vikram Jit Singh
PUBLISHED ON NOV 21, 2020 11:09 PM IST
Understanding why herons are very smart birds that adapt beautifully to the environment changing around them
A sambar fawn speared to death on a fence within Sukhna Nature Trail.(PHOTO: DIVYE MATHUR)
A sambar fawn speared to death on a fence within Sukhna Nature Trail.(PHOTO: DIVYE MATHUR)

Wildbuzz: A fawn not spared

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vikram Jit Singh
PUBLISHED ON NOV 07, 2020 11:40 PM IST
A well-intentioned move can at times have serious repercussions
Ace helicopter pilot, Manmohan Bahadur, stands along a rose bush at Siachen base camp, 1995 summer.(Sourced)
Ace helicopter pilot, Manmohan Bahadur, stands along a rose bush at Siachen base camp, 1995 summer.(Sourced)

Wildbuzz: Soldiers rose to the occasion

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vikram Jit Singh
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2020 10:12 PM IST
Roses not only bestow upon the world’s highest battlefield, the Siachen glacier, its enigmatic name but their omnipresence lends them the status of the poet’s flower of remembrance for soldiers and airmen who laid down their lives battling two inimical neighbours since 1947
A harrier scoops a Gadwall duck from the Keshopur Chhamb, Gurdaspur.(PHOTO: VISHESH KAMBOJ)
A harrier scoops a Gadwall duck from the Keshopur Chhamb, Gurdaspur.(PHOTO: VISHESH KAMBOJ)

Wildbuzz: Robber of shikar booty

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vikram Jit Singh
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2020 10:29 PM IST
The harrier, a migratory bird that winters in the region’s wetlands such as the Sukhna lake and Motemajra, steals prey from not only shikaris but also avian predators
Resident birds enjoying the artificial isle at Sukhna lake.(Keshav Singh/HT Photo)
Resident birds enjoying the artificial isle at Sukhna lake.(Keshav Singh/HT Photo)

Wildbuzz: An isle of hope at Sukhna

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vikram Jit Singh
PUBLISHED ON OCT 17, 2020 10:39 PM IST
A small island that has appeared in the Sukhna lake is keeping birds happy even as butterflies are being choosy about the plants they flutter around
A Common Mormon butterfly picks salts from a goat carcass at Pinjore.(PHOTO: VIKRAM JIT SINGH)
A Common Mormon butterfly picks salts from a goat carcass at Pinjore.(PHOTO: VIKRAM JIT SINGH)

Wildbuzz: Where angels don’t fear to tread

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vikram Jit Singh
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2020 09:31 PM IST
Attracting butterflies with rotten bananas fermented with rum and recording the graceful glide of a squirrel with a camera
A Kashmir Gliding squirrel on Shimla-Narkanda road.(PHOTO: RAJIVE DAS)
A Kashmir Gliding squirrel on Shimla-Narkanda road.(PHOTO: RAJIVE DAS)

Wildbuzz: Glides on moonbeams

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vikram Jit Singh
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2020 09:15 PM IST
Squirrels master the art of flying when they don’t want waste time running up and down trees
The electrocuted hornbill at PGIMER and (on right) a pair on a tree in Sector 4, Chandigarh.(PHOTOS: UPENDRA GOSWAMI & NEELAM MANSINGH CHOWDHRY)
The electrocuted hornbill at PGIMER and (on right) a pair on a tree in Sector 4, Chandigarh.(PHOTOS: UPENDRA GOSWAMI & NEELAM MANSINGH CHOWDHRY)

Wildbuzz: Fall of a beloved bird

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vikram Jit Singh
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2020 11:59 PM IST
A beautiful Oriental Pied hornbill gets electrocuted and in HP a farmer shoots dead a Rock python in cold blood
Pied cuckoo, Megh, fitted with a satellite tag before the bird went off the radar.(PHOTOS: ABDUS SHAKUR)
Pied cuckoo, Megh, fitted with a satellite tag before the bird went off the radar.(PHOTOS: ABDUS SHAKUR)

Wildbuzz: Pied cuckoo Megh goes off satellite’s radar

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vikram Jit Singh
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2020 10:29 PM IST
Scientists are worried about the disappearance of a Pied cuckoo named Megh and in Srinagar snakes are surfacing in the unlikeliest of places
Alfaaz grips the rogue monkey and (right) rogue relishes a banana in the cage.(PHOTOS: MOHAMMAD ALI)
Alfaaz grips the rogue monkey and (right) rogue relishes a banana in the cage.(PHOTOS: MOHAMMAD ALI)

Wildbuzz: The monkey trap

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vikram Jit Singh
PUBLISHED ON SEP 05, 2020 11:23 PM IST
It’s not easy to win the trust of monkeys that are tamed or raised in captivity and go rogue after escape or abandonment
A Leopard pugmark imprinted deep in the monsoon soil along the foothills.(Photo: Vikram Jit Singh)
A Leopard pugmark imprinted deep in the monsoon soil along the foothills.(Photo: Vikram Jit Singh)

Wildbuzz: The ghost of sunsets past

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vikram Jit Singh
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2020 02:18 AM IST
What adds to a leopard’s stealth and ability to operate under the human radar is the fact that it hardly ever roars, snarls or growls when prowling the grey zones as the shadows of the moon lengthen or when resting and hiding during the day
Joginder Singh was a trusty perch for this lost pitta.(PHOTOS: GS PIRZADA)
Joginder Singh was a trusty perch for this lost pitta.(PHOTOS: GS PIRZADA)

Wildbuzz: Human who won a pitta’s trust

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vikram Jit Singh
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2020 10:41 PM IST
The bulbul picking raisins from Deepak’s hand.(PHOTO: DEEPAK ATHEIST)
The bulbul picking raisins from Deepak’s hand.(PHOTO: DEEPAK ATHEIST)

Wildbuzz: The love that flew away

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vikram Jit Singh
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2020 09:07 PM IST
A Common Bronzeback Tree snake with characteristic white spot on head and (right) a Black-headed Royal snake. Both were rescued by Salim Khan from the tricity.(PHOTOS: SALIM KHAN & VIKRAM JIT SINGH)
A Common Bronzeback Tree snake with characteristic white spot on head and (right) a Black-headed Royal snake. Both were rescued by Salim Khan from the tricity.(PHOTOS: SALIM KHAN & VIKRAM JIT SINGH)

Wildbuzz: Snake with a white bindi

By Vikram Jit Singh
UPDATED ON AUG 01, 2020 10:45 PM IST
Meet the Common Bronzeback Tree snake with a distinct white spot on its head and the orange-reddish Black-headed Royal snake which displays inky splotches across its body
The Aakash Ganga over Pangong lake, Ladakh.(Photo: Dipyaman Santra)
The Aakash Ganga over Pangong lake, Ladakh.(Photo: Dipyaman Santra)

Wildbuzz: Star Wars over Pangong

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vikram Jit Singh
UPDATED ON JUL 18, 2020 11:09 PM IST
There are those moments of magical glimpses that uplift the sufferance of human existence to a momentary merger with cosmic divinity
A Russell’s viper in the proximity of a rice field worker, South India.(Photo: Ben Owens)
A Russell’s viper in the proximity of a rice field worker, South India.(Photo: Ben Owens)

Wildbuzz: Russell’s viper causes maximum deaths

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vikram Jit Singh
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2020 09:03 PM IST
In the period 2000-2019, a staggering 1.2 million people had died in India due to snakebite, a very neglected tropical disease, states a study by the Centre for Global Health Research, University of Toronto, with Indian and UK partners
The wild flowers from Knoll, Drass, preserved in late Capt Vijayant Thapar’s baby book (left) and The Memory Cross at Point 4812, Batalik, honours late Capt Clifford Nongrum.(PHOTO: COL VN THAPAR (RETD)/KEISHING PETER)
The wild flowers from Knoll, Drass, preserved in late Capt Vijayant Thapar’s baby book (left) and The Memory Cross at Point 4812, Batalik, honours late Capt Clifford Nongrum.(PHOTO: COL VN THAPAR (RETD)/KEISHING PETER)

Wildbuzz: Home they brought the flowers for the dead

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vikram Jit Singh
UPDATED ON JUN 27, 2020 11:34 PM IST
Memories of the fallen heroes of Kargil have been lovingly kept alive by their parents
A Citrine wagtail steps and skips across summery stones at the Indus river, Spituk village, Ladakh.(PHOTO: CHOLDAN GASHA)
A Citrine wagtail steps and skips across summery stones at the Indus river, Spituk village, Ladakh.(PHOTO: CHOLDAN GASHA)

WILDBUZZ: O! To be a wagtail, skipping stones on the blue Indus

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vikram Jit Singh
PUBLISHED ON JUN 20, 2020 08:51 PM IST
A House crow picks ticks from a Sambar’s ears in Chandigarh’s Sukhna lake jungles.(PHOTO: SARABJIT LEHAL)
A House crow picks ticks from a Sambar’s ears in Chandigarh’s Sukhna lake jungles.(PHOTO: SARABJIT LEHAL)

Wildbuzz: What’s in a name that we call sambar

By Vikram Jit Singh
UPDATED ON JUN 13, 2020 10:00 PM IST
A change or amendment in the scientific name will be helpful in Indian wildlife litigation involving Sambars, such as poaching or environmental clearance for diversion of Sambar habitats, says a wildlife expert
At Peermuchalla forests, the Mottled Wood owl father and (on right) the father with the juvenile owl perched below him.(PHOTOS: GURJEET VIRK)
At Peermuchalla forests, the Mottled Wood owl father and (on right) the father with the juvenile owl perched below him.(PHOTOS: GURJEET VIRK)

WILDBUZZ: On a dark night, those blood-red eyes

By Vikram Jit Singh
PUBLISHED ON JUN 06, 2020 05:17 PM IST
The good news for the tricity’s vibrant community of bird watchers, owl lovers and Nature enthusiasts is that a second family of Mottled Wood owls has been discovered with two growing ‘bacchas’ at the Peermuchalla forests, Zirakpur
Gurprit Singh and Nirmal Singh from Sandoha village with a migratory falcon trapped in the cage and (right) Gurvinder Singh of Gharuan village wrenches off a falcon’s head.(VIDEO GRABS / TIKTOK & WHATSAPP)
Gurprit Singh and Nirmal Singh from Sandoha village with a migratory falcon trapped in the cage and (right) Gurvinder Singh of Gharuan village wrenches off a falcon’s head.(VIDEO GRABS / TIKTOK & WHATSAPP)

Wildbuzz: Claws of law tighten grip on killers of migratory falcons

By Vikram Jit Singh
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2020 12:03 AM IST
Raids launched in response to exposé in the Wildbuzz column on April 22, 2018, and May 10, 2020 have led to the arrest of two pigeon fanciers on charges of slaughtering raptors
A Rock python rescued from a Rock Garden workshop on October 24.(HT Photo)
A Rock python rescued from a Rock Garden workshop on October 24.(HT Photo)

Wildbuzz: Hiss master’s voice & choice

Hindustan Times | By Vikram Jit Singh
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2018 09:09 AM IST
Travellers on the Tricity’s countryside roads, too, will have observed snakes run over by vehicles in October. The reason being, reptiles slither out at night to deserted roads to seek warmth from the still-warm tarmac.
Jeev Milkha Singh receives a prize in an atheletics championship.(Milkha Singh family archives)
Jeev Milkha Singh receives a prize in an atheletics championship.(Milkha Singh family archives)

Wildbuzz: From shooting birds to birdies

Hindustan Times | By Vikram Jit Singh
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2018 09:20 AM IST
Rewinding to the pioneering path he took from the CGC of the 1970s to donning the mantle of India’s most successful golfer (13 international titles), Jeev’s generation was classic outdoors.
Late Kanwar MS Bedi with a goshawk and (right) his brother, late Justice Tikka Jagjit S Bedi, at a sangeet ceremony in Chandigarh, 1972.(CHADHA FINE ART STUDIO)
Late Kanwar MS Bedi with a goshawk and (right) his brother, late Justice Tikka Jagjit S Bedi, at a sangeet ceremony in Chandigarh, 1972.(CHADHA FINE ART STUDIO)

Wildbuzz: The poet’s Shahbaaz

Hindustan Times | By Vikram Jit Singh
UPDATED ON AUG 26, 2018 09:09 AM IST
How would the chick of a very rare species of the region, the Mottled wood owl, rescued from the Chandigarh Golf Club by international golfer, Sujjan Singh, recently lead us to the heart of these connections?
A Black bittern.(Gur Simrat Singh)
A Black bittern.(Gur Simrat Singh)

Wildbuzz: Nagar ke khaas mehmaan

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vikram Jit Singh
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2018 10:10 PM IST
The Black bittern and Sirkeer malkoha are two birds that range across the Sukhna lake jungles but are difficult to discern.
Tigress, after having licked dirt with her tongue.(Dr SHUBH MOHAN SINGH)
Tigress, after having licked dirt with her tongue.(Dr SHUBH MOHAN SINGH)

Wildbuzz: Mitti ka sher, Baaz of belief, and parivar’s passion

Hindustan Times | By Vikram Jit Singh
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2018 10:22 PM IST
Fact is the ‘Baaz of belief’ was actually a juvenile Shikra and not to be mistaken for the Northern goshawk, the magnificent raptor historically associated with three Sikh gurus.
Common Palm civet near Mirzapur dam in Mohali(Rick Toor and Aaron Jebin)
Common Palm civet near Mirzapur dam in Mohali(Rick Toor and Aaron Jebin)

Wildbuzz: Spooked by strangers

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vikram Jit Singh
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2018 10:58 PM IST
Toor’s photograph revealed it was a Common Palm civet, locally known as ‘Bijjoo’ or even ‘Kabr bijjoo’ on the misconception that it digs graves at night to munch on corpses! But the civet does not attack and bite humans in the habit of dogs.
A Black swan at walk-in aviary in Chhatbir Zoo.(SHIVJOT SINGH BHULLAR)
A Black swan at walk-in aviary in Chhatbir Zoo.(SHIVJOT SINGH BHULLAR)

Wildbuzz: Black is beautiful, the dolphin riddles

Hindustan Times | By Vikram Jit Singh
UPDATED ON MAY 12, 2018 10:37 PM IST
Black swans tilt towards monogamy but one-quarter of all pairings are homosexual, the two loving males sometimes adopt a female, mate with her and then drive her off to incubate eggs.
Rescued squirrel pups - the most adorable three musketeers!(YAGNESH BHATT)
Rescued squirrel pups - the most adorable three musketeers!(YAGNESH BHATT)

Wildbuzz: The squirrel widow, birds of Wuhan

Hindustan Times | By Vikram Jit Singh
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2018 10:59 PM IST
As luck would have it, just before Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in Wuhan for the grand summit, an Indian birder was exploring the avian wonders of that Central China city poised at the confluence of the Yangtze and Hanshui rivers.
A Peregrine falcon with a pigeon killed in the high skies.(AAMIR RIZWAN KHAN)
A Peregrine falcon with a pigeon killed in the high skies.(AAMIR RIZWAN KHAN)

Wildbuzz: A treasure hunt, the pigeon hunter

Hindustan Times | By Vikram Jit Singh
UPDATED ON APR 28, 2018 11:50 PM IST
Let us meet a pigeon fancier of a decidedly different persuasion, a hobbyist who loves falcons and pigeons with equal fervour
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