Many times in the Home range analysis (radiotracking data) , we want minimum convex polygon. Although this method includes more area than is actually required for analysis. Read more in Analysis of Wildlife Radio-Tracking Data by Gary C. White, Robert A. Garrott. This is where minimum concave polygon comes to our rescue. Making minimum convex hull and concave hull is possible in QGIS.
Mussorie is a delight for humans for the cool weather and pleasant walk in the mountain. But it is also a perfect playground for many birds. More so the way from Doon valley to Mussorie provide enchanted encounters of birds, butterflies and many more interesting small survivors. The heavy traffic and changing weather is creating problem for the hill station and its musical residents. Post a rainy night, I decided a trek to the Mussorie to explore bird which on vehicle gets too difficult and annoying.
From Rajpur road, a famous shop Hathi tea stall marks the identifying location if the trek. If one cannot figure out old route to Mussorie from Dehradun ask people about this shop! Its right next to the Christian Retreat and Study Center in Rajpur. the trek opposite to that will take you to Jharipaani and trek to Mussorie . The old toll of British India time is present ahead of which is heritage route to Mussorie.
walking up the trail we encountered many birds and yes lots of lantana bushes. The prominent bids on the trek were Rufous sibia, Egyptian vulture,streaked laughing thrush, purple sunbird, crimson sunbird, oriental white eye. Further up on the trek as we reach Barlogunj, we encountered great barbet, Bar-tailed Treecreeper,Blue-throated Barbet,Chestnut-bellied Rock-Thrush,Russet Sparrow,Green-backed Tit,Black-lored Tit,Thick-billed Flowerpecker .
Barlowganj is a small settlement which is mid-way to Mussorie. The famous location is Jharipani of this area where people can trek from the main town itself. Some nice place to stay and walk around if your are looking for peaceful environment. One could see the real birds as well as painted ones in the town and flowering of rhododendron can be witnessed in this small settlement. Bus travelling to this route is not very frequent.
The trek was exactly how many kilometers we could never tell. Rain, running after birds, exploring trees and talks amongst the exploration of route might have added to 4-5 km extra to the total trek. We concluded that we might have walked some 12-13 km from Rajpur road to Mussorie in 7 hours. But all the bird sighting and beautiful landscape view made it a memorable and worthwhile trek.
Will explore another route in the hills, till then happy birding!
the scaly thrush as observed in first week of march in Dehradun. A peculiar “khrrr khrr” sound drew me to investigate and found the bird sitting on the leaf litter. since it was first shower of winter, observing the camouflaged bird in brown and green leaves was difficult. the observation was made in slightly drizzling afternoon.
The winter rain invites the birds to enjoy the garden, when all us humans sit comfortably in our bed. This is my first sighting of red billed blue magpie robin in the campus and what a sighting! the blue whistling thrush was hopping in the garden , and both the birds were enjoying their lunch time in dehradun drizzle.
The beautiful Periyar Tiger reserve is located in Kerala. The nearest airport is Kochi which itself is a beautiful place to be in. A short visit to this tiger reserve, yet so many memories for me to carry forward. Although Periyar is famous for elephants but the giants eluded me. Saw them in one of the resort who were catering to the joyride for tourists. Although lucky me got to see wild dog, sambar, gaur, wild boar. The major sightings were of tourists though :p