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My name is Kabir Kaul, and I am 13 years old. I am a young zoologist, ornithologist, conservationist and wildlife writer. I am British with an Indian background and I live in Northwest London. I have travelled to key sites for birds in the world, including Norfolk, Andalusia , Dubai and the Hills of Sri Lanka.


Birding in Snettisham, November 2016

I have been birding (birdwatching) since I was 8, and have loved animals nearly all my life. I am interested in all types of birding, conservation and protecting nature. I often birdwatch around my house, wondering which birds will eat and drink at my bird café. Birds that come regularly are House Sparrows, Blue Tits, Goldfinches and Robins. The rarest birds that came were a Northern Wheatear and a Snow Bunting!


My local Woodpigeon, who I call 'Bob'


My heroes are Sir David Attenborough and Sir Peter Scott. I have  admired Sir David since I was 3, because of how he presents his many documentary series. I would sit in front of the TV for hours, identifying every on-screen animal before he did. I received a letter from him in 2015.

I have also seen him at the Royal Albert Hall, narrating Life Story while the BBC Orchestra of Wales played the Documentary's music. I like Sir Peter because of how he protected wildlife, especially wildfowl, when he was alive. He lived and worked in what is now WWT Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, saving birds such as the Nene from extinction.

On my bedside table lies a rare print of a drawing from Sir Peter's visit to Romania, Red-breasted Geese and Two Whitefronts. It depicts two white-fronted Geese standing out from the vast flocks of Red-breasted Geese. Whenever I look at it, it makes me want to take a train to the Wetland Centre in Barnes!


'Red-breasted Geese and Two Whitefronts'
   
In the near future, I hope to train to ring birds. I will stay in London, probably living closer to the centre of the city, narrate documentaries for the BBC and become a respectable zoologist, ornithologist and conservationist.






















12 comments:

  1. Well done Kabir, I love to see young people interacting with nature. I read your article in the RSPB magazine and came to see your blog. Keep on birding and keep on blogging.

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  2. Thank you. I am so glad you enjoyed my article. It would have looked so much better if it wasn't edited! I will take your advice, and keep blogging and birding.

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  3. Hello Kabir, much like the person above I heard about your blog from the RSPB magazine. I love it! It's so nice to see that you enjoy nature and wildlife and I believe you will have a positive effect on many other young people. I work at RSPB Rainham Marshes and it would be lovely to see you down there one day! I'm sure you will have a great day out :)

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    1. Thank you! I am sure I will come to Rainham Marshes soon.

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  4. My name is David and my nearest WWT is Martin Mere, Lancashire. Well done young sir for your article in Nature's Home. I would love to visit WWT at Barnes but it's too long a trip for a day at my age. I have forwarded your blog on to a teacher friend of mine who is trying to have children connect with creation. I also think a boy of 12 years old will have a lot of credibility with those of his age group.

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  5. Thank you spreading the word about my blog. I would love to inspire pupils to get outside and explore nature!

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  6. Hi Kabir - I have just read your post in the latest edition of Waterlife and was keen to look at your blog. I (a 63-year-old man) am very impressed with the photos you have taken and even more impressed with your energy and enthusiasm.

    I have read above that you have seen birds in Andalusia from where my wife and I have just returned from a 10-day holiday. I have still not recovered from seeing two wild birds (a sparrow and a greenfinch) imprisoned in cages no bigger than half a shoe box and these were facing the sun. Sheer cruelty.

    However, reading about your interest in bird conservation has cheered me up somewhat. I now live in Cardiff but visit London (my home town) regularly and went to the WWT Centre at Barnes only last month. I hope to be there again in two weeks' time.

    Please keep up your good work, Kabir!

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    1. I really appreciate the encouragement, I am very grateful! I totally agree with your statement- when I visited Segovia in Spain, the locals were celebrating the patron saint of birds, by selling dyed finches in rusty cages, which I was not impressed by. Birds should not have any borders, should never be treated in this vile way and have the freedom to fly and migrate wherever they want.

      I live near the Wetland Centre in Barnes, and visit regularly. I highly recommend the Peacock Tower, which is very good to visit at this time of the year. On my last visit to the Tower, I saw a Water Pipit, Water Rail, juvenile Kestrel, Snipe and Cetti's Warbler one after the other! (the birders and staff are wonderful too).

      I am currently writing an article on urban nature for the RSPB's Wingbeat Magazine, and I will never give up my enthusiasm! In the meantime, Cardiff is a wonderful example of where urban nature thrives: Hazel Dormice, Great Crested Newts and Peregrines all call the city home, so I hope you enjoy spotting the wildlife near you!

      I wish you good birding at the Wetland Centre!

      Kabir

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    2. Hi Kabir, Really great to see young birders coming up. Here is a little quiz for you to check your ID capabilities. I have been living and birding in S. Korea since 1985, the first foreign birder to stay here for so long, as far as I know at least. My local patch is a stretch of coastal forest and shoreline in Cheongsapo, Busan.
      Last week I took a few images there. Can you identify them and get back to me with how you arrived at your conclusions? A good exercise for you. I will forward them to you shortly. Best wishes and good birding!

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    3. Hello Arthur, your South Korean patch sounds amazing! I'm afraid I'm not great with birds of the Far East, so this will be a challenge! All the best, Kabir

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  7. Great to see your doing good and well friend
    Anish K (from your primary school)

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    1. Hi Anish, great to see you too! Hope you're doing well. All the best, Kabir

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