Ten Neighbourhood Trees

Have you picked up a jamun or two, or seen an amaltas tree that’s still in bloom recently? Here are ten of the many trees that silently brighten up our days—even when they aren’t parading their flowers.     If you’d like to monitor a tree that you love near your home, workspace, or just […]

Finding drama in everyday life

A spider pretending to be an ant to avoid being eaten by other spiders. A gross ball of spit that nobody wants to get close to, but is actually a clever insect hiding itself from lurking enemies in frothy plant sap. A cheeky little insect-eating bird—a black drongo—mimicking the call of a bird of prey to scare away mynas […]

Blowin’ in the wind – II

Cross-posted from View from Elephant Hills From a boat on Assam’s Deepor Beel—the freshwater lake lying south-west of Guwahati, the largest city in India’s northeast—you can look east past thousands of waterbirds and a carpet of floating leaves to see the city’s seething, smoking garbage dump. Under spotless blue skies, a thin brown haze blankets […]

The tropicbirds of memory

The arrival of the postman at our doorstep, just before noon, is always a welcome event, more so when he brings something always awaited by us: a book or a magazine, or even the rare letter. Today, he brought the latest issue of Indian Birds, volume 8 number 5 of our subscription to this excellent bird journal, which […]