Thursday, May 15, 2008

Birds Of Kolkata; No, It Does Not Come With Pickup Lines in Bengali

This is geeky OCD at its finest: a meticulous Indian birding guide. It has lovely pictures, extensive trip notes and even some on historical notes on bird-watching in India. (A fascinating example: Ustad Mansur, a painter employed by Emperor Jehangir, painted the Dodo.)

Finally, a country that has "13% of the world's bird species" gets a birding guide it deserves.

Update: Ludwig pointed me to another very cool bird site, India Birds. (The site resizes the browser window and requires QT plug-in to play birdsongs.)

5 comments:

lekhni said...

An online birding guide, you mean? I have always understood that Salim's Ali's guidebooks on India and pretty much all of South Asia are the best..

km said...

Lekhni: An online guide, of course. (Salim Ali's book remains a classic.)

Space Bar said...

i have to forward this to ludwig. he will be speechless with ecstasy (Speaking of which you didn't want to mark the passing of lsd man?)

Ludwig said...

duly noted, thanks Space Bar, KM. this site could be very useful...

India Birds also has the most lovely images, and the USP is clips of birdsong!

km said...

ludwig: Outstanding site. I will add this to the post.

Space Bar: Real LSD men don't pass, they simply melt into the pink and fuchsia flowers and marmalade skies. Then they listen to Strawberry Alarm Clock. (I have been listening to British psychedelia non-stop for the last 2 days..)