- Hi all!
i had been to Mount Abu & Udaipur last week. Expected a lot of bird watching at Mt.Abu but t'was extremely sad to see that it no longer looks a hill station anymore.Pure mindless commercialisation & a very sad state of affairs.In fact, I think we would find more species of birds in Mumbai & I don't mean the forest areas like SGNP but the main city.The only birds in Abu were sparrows,crows,doves,mynas,brahminy mynas , r.v.bulbuls & occasional parakeets.The only wildlife reserve in Mount Abu namely the Trevor park has been left to its own fate by the govt for lack of funds.There appeared to be no office, no staff besides a lone man at the gate to collect the entry fees,which too you can escape paying if you know what I mean.Worse,people come in groups of tens & more blaring loud music,carrying tons of food,games, mattresses & what not to celebrate a picnic right in the middle of the forest.They were probably not even aware that some mammals could be roaming around.Tried hard as I could, but was unable to spend more than half an hour inside amid all the cacophony although i had planned to sit through four hours.I almost wept at the state of affairs because the place is heavenly in its beauty.Almost felt like shooting the picnickers.On the other hand Udaipur was full of birds.Maybe 'cause my hotel was overlooking the Fatehsagar lake. I loved bird watching there.Anyway,I made two interesting observations
> At both the places r.v.bulbuls seemed to be very friendly to humans.In fact they would come & sit right beside us on the terrace or even on the window sills & parapets.I haven't seen this in Mumbai although I have a fairly good population of bulbuls near my house.Has anyone observed such behavior anywhere else?Bye!
>Also regarding the Coucal, in Mumbai we have seen it to be pretty shy & found it only in wooded areas not on the city roads.At least this has been my observation.But in Udaipur i found them to be walking about in the gardens even venturing very close to humans & especially getting along very well with mynas(bank mynas).Both the species together made life very difficult for crows.And yes, the parakeet population in Udaipur seems to be thriving.I have seen them in as great numbers as we see crows in Mumbai.I won't be too surprised if they outnumber the crows there.
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