BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year” in 2015 Finalist: Mr. Hardik Pala talking to us about birding and nature conservation

Hello viewers, today we are meeting Mr. Hardik Pala who is a hardcore Bird Photographer from Jamnagar (Gujarat).

He runs an Engineering Consulting firm in his hometown, Jamnagar. Hardik enjoys photographing Waders and has contributed many photographs to various National & International publications including few articles.

Highlights of the interview…

Hello viewers, today we are meeting Mr. Hardik Pala who is a hardcore Bird Photographer from Jamnagar (Gujarat).

He runs an Engineering Consulting firm in his hometown, Jamnagar. Hardik enjoys photographing Waders and has contributed many photographs to various National & International publications including few articles.

Hardik is a member of ‘Bird Conservation Society of Gujarat (BCSG)’ and one of the finalists in world’s biggest & most reputed Wildlife & Nature Photography Competition “BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year” in 2015.

About Jamnagar (Gujarat)….

Coastal mudflats, sandy beaches, huge salt-pans, offshore islands, forested hills, a couple of river banks and great grasslands, Jamnagar offers variety of habitats for various types of birds. It is home for around 285 bird species. Most commonly seen birds are waders.

Birding destinations covered up till now by Mr. Hardik Pala…

Jamnagar, Porbandar, Charakhla, LRK, Nal Sarovar, Chopta (Uttarakhand), Ranthambore (Rajasthan).

Best birding experience….

Chopta (Uttarakhand)…

Birding journey of Mr. Hardik Pala….

Photography, in general, has fascinated him since years but his journey started in 2013 when he met a couple of like-minded people in his city.

One of the big reason Hardik joined Bird photography is his hometown, which is a Birds’  Paradise. Photographers around the world come to Jamnagar which is home for more than 285 bird species. Hardik also loves to shoot videos and has started writing small articles.

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Mr. Hardik Pala talking about conservation…

Mr. Hardik Pala’s photograph showing loss of habitat was selected for final round of “BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year” in 2015.

He says, we should think equally for conservation of nature when we think about betterment of human life.

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The Last Supper…..

I was out alone in the outskirts of city where I was used to do birding. Only 5 kilometers away we used to find many birds species but due to recent development and housing colonies, the birding is getting over. I was just looking at the ground where lot of Sparrows, Munias, Francolins and wheatears including rollers used to feed and today there was a bulldozer excavating for foundations. Cattle Egrets, Black Drongo, Common Myna were waiting for the insects coming out from the dug soil. As the arm of the bulldozer comes out they start their movement. I was feeling very bad knowing that this could be their last supper at the place.

Few Photographs by Mr. Hardik Pala…

 

Eurasian Oystercather
Eurasian Oystercather
Barbet
Coppersmith Barbet Juvenile

For more of his photographs you may follow him on Flickr

https://www.flickr.com/photos/hardikpala/

Or on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/hardikpala

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