The boy who photographed birds from age six

When Rohan Arora obtained his first digicam, a point-and-shoot Canon, a gift from his dad and mom on his sixth birthday, he started taking footage of birds within the colony park. “We never went to malls or very urban areas; my parents always took me to gardens and parks,” says Rohan, who provides that his father, Amit Arora, inspired the interest by going in every single place with him, whether or not it was the colony park or sanctuaries round India.

He started figuring out birds by books, his favorite being Birds of the Indian Subcontinent (from the sequence Helm Field Guides) by Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp, and Tim Inskipp. By 13, he says he had a financial institution of about 500 birds, and he started to place them on social media and write articles for specialist magazines like Sanctuary Asia, and some English language newspapers.

On the suggestion of his father, and inspired by his academics at Delhi Public School (DPS), Greater Noida, he determined to place collectively a guide, choosing 230 of essentially the most generally seen birds in India, out of a present inventory of 650. My First Flight With Widespread Birds of India has a foreward by Asad R Rahmani, the previous director of the Bombay Natural History Society. It incorporates over 1,200 images, with introductory notes of sorts of beaks, ft, and feathers. There can be a glossary of ornithological phrases.

The greater flamingo, one of the photographs in the book

The higher flamingo, one of many images within the guide
| Photo Credit:
Rohan Arora

With a chook to a web page, Rohan offers a quick description of every one’s bodily options and sounds, and extra particulars of dimension, the place to sight it, and the Hindi title. There are additionally little nuggets of knowledge that seem in containers: a peacock household is known as a bevy whereas a gaggle is known as a celebration, for example; or that proven fact that the pink tinge of the higher flamingo comes from its weight loss plan of crustaceans and algae.

The guide is an effective introduction to get younger youngsters thinking about birds and Nature, however the editors and publishers may have performed higher with language and structure.

In the long run, Rohan says he’d like to check zoology, pursue analysis on birds, and assist with conservation. “I would like to spread the knowledge of Nature to everyone,” says Rohan.

My First Flight With Widespread Birds of India (Rumour Books India), ₹499, order on

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