Bird races and other birding events are becoming a common occurrence in India. Inspired by the American 'Big Year', an informal contest for birders in which a birder who spots the most species in a year wins; these contests promote a healthy sense of competition and goodwill among birders and more importantly, reveal numerous trends about migration, stranded and vagrant birds and even the status of bird populations, grasslands and wetlands.
With birding contests being held across the country, I wouldn't be surprised if we get to see all this 'action' soon :-) I am sure birders from the USA will also relate.This work by Rohan Chakravarty is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
I can sadly relate to this, though not out of personal experience. Many hard-core birders will do ANYTHING to check a bird off their life list, and that includes crushing ground birds' nests and disturbing natural behavior.ReplyDelete