Participant Profile: P. Jeganathan

This entry was posted Friday, 15 November, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Jeganathan P cropped

Where do you live?
I stay in Valparai, Southern Western Ghats, and also Kadapa, Eastern Ghats.

When did you start watching birds?
It was sometime in 1995. I was completely into it when I was doing my masters dissertation fieldwork in Hogganakal Range. I loved watching birds along the riverine forests of river Cauvery.

Who would you consider your birding mentor?
The Book of Indian Birds by Salim Ali. I haven’t travelled much during my studies. So, in the beginning I mostly watched birds in the books. Later when I saw those birds in field it was so thrilling and exciting.

Please describe a memorable birding experience.
There are quite a few. My first sighting of Great Hornbill (in flight) in Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, and watching the Jerdon’s Courser while it was calling. But these are during my fieldwork. Recently I had been to north-east just for birding/wildlife watching and it was awesome.

What are your favourite migrants?
Grey Wagtails. They are lovely birds, aren’t they?

What is your favourite place to watch migrants?
My favourite birding spots are Valparai (Tamil Nadu) and Badvel Big Tank, Kadapa (Andhra Pradesh).

Do you have any advice for beginning birdwatchers and naturalists?
Instead of taking photos and sending it others or uploading it for identification GET A BIRD BOOK and a field notebook! Be a responsible birder, photographer and naturalist.

Why do you think people should care about birds and nature?
Why should we care about birds? To know the one of the many reasons why we should, please read Are Warblers less important than Tigers? by Madhusudan Katti. Why should we care about nature? Well, we don’t simply say ‘nature’, we say ‘Mother Nature’. Shouldn’t we care about our mother?

Any other information that you’d like to share with MigrantWatchers?
I am interested in documenting the vernacular names of birds and other wildlife. People in different parts of the same state have different names for the same species. Names differ in different cultures and tribes as well. And the meaning of a certain species is quite fascinating. For instance, here in the Anamalais local Kadar worship the Malabar Whistling-thrush and they consider these birds as their ancestors. They call this bird either as poola or muthiyar. But, Muthuva tribes call these birds soolai. So, as a birder, it is our responsibility not just to watch birds but also to interact with the locals and document these things and publicize them.

You can see P. Jeganathan’s MigrantWatch observations here and his photographs here.

7 Comments to Participant Profile: P. Jeganathan

  1. Thiruvengadam says:

    November 25th, 2013 at 3:27 am

    The questions and the way of answering is very good and easy to understand for readers.

  2. LIN YI CHUN(@JERRY) says:

    May 28th, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Hi Mr. P Jeganathan

    My name is LIN YI-CHUN (@Jerry), the southeast correspondent of United Daily News Group (Taiwan).I sent a e-mail to you to the mail box jegan@ncf-india.org. Pls check it. Thanks.

  3. லோகமாதேவி says:

    November 20th, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    உங்களைக்குறித்து அறிந்ததில் மகிழ்ச்சி. நானும் வால்பாறைக்கு மிக அருகில் வசிக்கிறேன். உங்கள் பணி தொடர வாழ்த்துக்கள்
    அன்புடன்
    லோகமாதேவி

  4. Ravichandran says:

    February 24th, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    I very glad to read about because i living near by ur home town.i am living in karaivetti bird sanctuary. It is in ariyalur DT.its 30 km away from ur thanjavur.bird watching is my favourite one.i had a birds book which was published by crea publication. I wish to you will come our birds sanctuary .eagerly waiting for ur arrival.thank u so much

  5. Jeganathan says:

    February 25th, 2017 at 3:55 am

    Dear Ravichandran, Thanks for your interest. Please email me your contact details so that we can be in touch. My email: pnagej@gmail.com

  6. Jeganathan says:

    February 25th, 2017 at 3:57 am

    அன்புள்ள லோகமாதேவி, வால்பாறைக்கு வந்தால் தொடர்பு கொள்ளவும். எனது மின்னஞ்சல் pnagej@gmail.com.

  7. Gokul says:

    March 15th, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Happy to know you anna. I am from salem. I would like to come to Vaalparai for birding and I will let you know.
    This is my mobile no.9486351524

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