Enjoy watching the birds
When it comes to some healthy and eco-friendly hobbies bird watching certainly tops the list, besides being a wonderful experience to treasure for life and that is also without a penny from your pocket. All you need is patience, a deep love for the birds and practice. This is one such activity which interests just about everybody from kids to adults and can be done at your leisure time as well.
Bird watching is an excellent hobby, it’s educating enjoyable and exciting at the same time. This simple hobby requires no formal training of any kind just a keen interest and an eye for beauty. This will simply take you on a journey to the avian world which will unravel the mysteries of nature.
What makes it more exciting is the fact that birds are everywhere and you can behold their beauty from just about anywhere, even from your home or office. However, it’s our hectic schedule that takes us away from nature and the beautiful world around us. Nevertheless, if you are keen on observing the amazing lives of the birds then you don’t have to go far away just keep a watchful eye on your backyard.
Most birds are habitual in nature. They are bound by their habits. Although migration is in their nature, you will see that some of the species have fixed arrival as well as departure time. However, if you want to understand the amazing lives of the birds, first pay attention to their habits. Be it a field, a stream, forests or rivers, they are just about everywhere. However they are better experienced amidst the wilderness. When you will explore their individual habitats you are in for more surprises as you will be able to observe a variety of species of all shapes and sizes. Now if you are eager to know about the best time to see a flock of birds then sunrise dawn and dusk should be on your priority list.
Bird watching in and around Rishikesh
India is one such place where birds are found in abundance. There are around 1250 different species of birds which accounts for 13% of the total population of birds in the world. However, out of 1250 species, Rishikesh alone has 400 different species of birds. Simply put, Rishikesh is home for around 4% of the total population birds in the world, making it a heaven for bird watchers from all around the world.
There are no two ways about Rishikesh being the salvation for birdwatchers and some of the most beautiful species of birds can be seen here including Peacock, Great Hornbills, Parrots and what not.
When you are in Rishikesh lookout for the Neelkanth Valley as this is an ideal place for bird watching. It’s just 4 kilometres from Laxman Jhula and the flowing river provides a perfect habitat for the various species of birds. Being on the banks of river this place is ideal for birds that feed on fishes hence you get to observe various species of Kingfishers. Besides, there are also Peacocks, Himalayan bulbuls, ducks and many others.
Birds which are plentiful in Rishikesh
Grey-Winged Blackbird and many others.