Events and Ideas

May 2021: Balcony Birding/ Birdwatching

As we are under the pandemic lockdown, we tried our hand at birdwatching. Balcony Birding refers to when you sit at home in your balcony/ backyard/ terrace/ at a window and observe birds around you in your neighborhood. Bangalore is blessed with a lot of greenery that houses several species of bird populations, which in turn makes it easy to observe them with ease. All you need is a good pair of binoculars, and you will discover a whole new world of avian population, many of which you were hitherto unaware of. You will be surprised at how many species of birds you can see right from your home, without having to step out or go anywhere!

We tried imaging some of these through various different binocular makes and models, including Olympus 10x50, Comet 8x40 DPSI, XX 10x50 DPSI, and 10x42 roof prism binoculars. Our intention was dual - enjoying birdwatching as well as testing various binoculars.


Most of these sightings were in upper branches of that dry tree

Asian Koel (female)

This asian koel was difficult to spot even through binoculars, owing to it's superb camouflage!

Asian Koels

A pair of Asian Koels through 10x50 Binoculars

White Cheeked Barbet

Through a pair of 10x50 day-time Binoculars

Nest

Nest of unidentified bird



27 April 2021: Super-Moon

Super Moon refers to the phenomenon when the moon appears larger than usual, due to being at Perigee (closest approach to Earth)

27 April 2021 was a Pink Supermoon. As the weather was forecasted to be mostly cloudy, we didn't bother setting up our telescope, and instead decided to go for the simpler binocular setup (as shown alongside). We mounted our Olympus 10x50S Binoculars on a tripod and then connected a cellphone camera to the binocular eyepiece.

Though the skies did turn out to be cloudy most of the time, we managed to catch glimpses of the supermoon. The images are not very sharp due to the layer of clouds covering the moon.

You can check out our instagram post on this event here: https://www.instagram.com/p/COMi4GSlQ4L