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Jaipur, get ready for The Indian Birding fair.

Jaipur, because of its sweet climate, is home to an exquisite number of birds’ species. Sadly, the limitless number of birds is starting to get real low.

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The different species are, not only vital for the environment, they help make Jaipur what it is today. What’s a land without its birds anyway?

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The Indian birding fair is going to be renewed for its 22nd iteration, achieving which, is definitely a feat of its own.

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Indian birding fair is held every year in February, the dates for this year are, 7th&8th February. It will be held at its original venue, the Man Sagar lake, some of us Jaipurites may recognize it by the iconic Jal Mahal.

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This year’s event will be focused on Wader birds, as you may be aware, a lot of species of Wader birds are now endangered. The event will focus on how we can help in conserving over 84 species of Wader birds, found in the Indian subcontinent.

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Followed by conservation session, there will be quizzes, painting competition, tattoo making, and much more.

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This event is one of a kind and definitely, an amazing opportunity for bird lovers. It’s an honor for every jaipurite, that an event of such stature, was brought up, and is, based in Jaipur. Happy birding!

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8 Tips For Bird Watching And Photography

Ever thought of going on a walk, watch birds and click them ? If you are one among those who want to wander around and observe birds then here’s a guide that would help you develop the skills of bird watching & photography. Happy Birding!! 🙂

1. Binoculars And Camera

Your interest and enjoyment of bird watching depends hugely on how the birds look through your binoculars. So it is important to buy a right pair of binoculars and use them the right way by making adjustments each time you go for birding. While those who like bird photography, a camera with appropriate focal length should be used to click birds without disturbing them.

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2. Field Guide

You should use a good field guide to familiarize yourself with the different families of birds and their sub groups.  A field guide is a book with pictures of the birds and tips for identifying them. The guide would help you watch and click photographs of birds with better knowledge about their characteristics.

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3. Listen To Bird Calls & Songs

Bird calls and songs are one of the best mechanisms to identify birds and locate them. It takes time and patience to understand and differ among various sounds of birds. A bird photographer can easily locate and click various birds at a distance by undersatanding their songs. This is one skill that birders & bird photographers should develop.

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4Characteristics Of Birds

Once you are out for bird-watching you should follow a step-wise approach. Begin with asssessment of size and shape of birds and then go into details like colour pattern, distinctive stripes, eye arcs or rings, tails, legs, etc.  After determing the overall appearance you should try to understand the behaviour patterns and feeding habits of birds.

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5. Flight Patterns

A birdwatcher should observe the way a bird walks, how it holds its tail, or how it jumps from branch to branch. If it flies off, you should also watch for a pattern of its flight, the way it glides or swoops in air. A clear understanding of flight patterns of birds would also help photographers to take the best shot of flying birds.

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6. Habitat, Region And Climate

Make note of the habitat or region in which you have observed the bird. Each species of bird has a typical region that they inhabit. Also, birds migrate to different places throughout the year due to change in sesasons. Such observations can help you narrow down the possibilities when you locate a bird.

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7. Try A Birding Tour 

You can also gain knowledge and enhance your bird-watching and photography skills by taking birding tours with a group of birdwatchers and photographers at various parks and sanctuaries.

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8. Record Your Bird Sightings
You might want to keep a diary or a list of the birds you have seen.  After viewing and clicking the birds, you can jot down your observations for later reference. From markings to behavior, write down anything you noticed, it can all help when you later sit down with a field guide to confirm the bird’s species.  Also, note the location, date, time of day of the siting.
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11 Amazing Places Every Photographer Must Visit In Jaipur During Monsoon

If you’re a passionate traveller and carry a smartphone or a camera or both , there are high chances that you love photography as well.
Apart from eating and dancing in rain, there is one more thing that carries its own charm in monsoons, Photography ! So if you are a local or a tourist who is luckily in Jaipur right now, these are the places that can be captured through your lens but touch your heart instantly and will stay there forever.

 1. Jal Mahal

Jal Mahal or Water Palace, where every Jaipurite or visitor of Jaipur would just love to just sit by and watch the magical lake and mesmerizing architecture of the palace. Sunrise and Sunset are the best times to get some terrific shots at this place with a perfect blend of nature and architecture.

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2. Bhangarh Fort

We doubt you haven’t heard of the “Most Haunted” place of India : Bhangarh Fort ! Located 80 km away from Jaipur, this place is extremely popular for its historical ruins, roofless houses and the gorgeous backdrop of Aravallis that will make your time picture perfect – literally.

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3. Smriti van

Located on the famous JLN Marg in pink city, as you move around the twisting tree-canopied walkways of this forest escapade, Smriti Van, you will know what a heaven of birds looks like ! Apart from capturing the bright greens of monsoon, if you are fond of bird photography, you will get some extremely colorful and varied birds to click in different angles.

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4. Albert hall Museum

Residing in the Ramniwas Garden, Jaipur , Albert hall is the oldest museum in Rajasthan also proudly known as the ‘State Museum of Rajasthan’. A classy example of Indo-Saracenic architecture, the most picturesque view of Albert Hall is when the pigeons are sitting on its chattris or flying all around under the azure blue sky 🙂

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 5. Panna Mian Ki Baori (Stepwell)

Panna Mian ka kund or stepwell near Amber fort is one of the treasured places which if visited during Monsoon, you will remember it through out your life ! Although all the stepwells have their own magical aura, this one is comparatively less populated and shines out its real vibrancy during rains.

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 6. Nahargarh Fort

Lying on the edge of Aravalli hills, Nahargarh fort has been a romantic spot in Shuddh Desi Romance, a Friends’ hangout place in Rang De Basanti and a favorite among Jaipurites to visit especially in rains ! Just go up there, sit at Padao restaurant and you will automatically get your perfect shots.

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7. Chandlai Lake

A very beautiful and small lake 30 km away from Jaipur , Chandlai offers another birding sight. The main attraction is the various Migratory birds seen at this place, especially Flamingos.

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8. Hawamahal

One of the most famous pink sandstone architectural marvels , Hawamahal situated at Badi Chaupad with five storeys and 953 windows is every photographer’s delight. But what’s challenging is how you make your click different from all others. Hawamahal is well lit and looks beautiful ,even at night !

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9. Maota Lake, Amer

Below the superb Amer fort, lies the Maota lake which swathes the pink city in its allure in the monsoons giving the residents and tourists a chance to stand near it and sip tea, while the photographers can find their right moment to capture this absolute visual delight !

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10. Chand Baori (Stepwell) – Abhaneri

Abhaneri is 95 km from Jaipur, it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Dausa. Built back in 8th century, it is one of the deepest and largest stepwell in India. The phenomenal structure is 64 feet deep and consists of 1000 perfectly symmetrical narrow steps, spanning 13 storeys. The stepwell is one of the most photogenic places, and looks even more serene during monsoon as the water fills in the bavri. So, f you’re planning a weekend getaway this is the place you need to go to.

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11. Patrika Gate – Jawahar Circle

Patrika Gate is one latest yet trendiest spot to visit during monsoon. It is situated at Jawahar Circle, at a distance of 2 km from Jaipur International Airport. This place has become photographers’ favourite, with hand-painted motifs depicting the traditional side of Pink City which includes paintings of temples, forts, rulers of Jaipur, jewelry, and photographs of Hawa Mahal, City palace, Jal Mahal, etc. Opposite to the gate is a lush green garden surrounding a fountain offering musical show every day from 7:30 p.m. if you’re in the town then Jawahar Circle is a must visit spot, kyuki Jaipur aaye or waha nhi gaye, toh kya khaak Jaipur aaye!

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Picture Courtesy- Gaurav Hajela Photography (https://www.facebook.com/gauravpics)
Updated – June, 2019.