Ranjit Lal

Lal is an author, environmentalist and bird watcher.

Articles By Ranjit Lal

Down in Jungleland: Once Upon A Time in Aarey

Memories of the unspoiled beauty of Mumbai’s lakes and green lungs.

Down in Jungleland: Season of Scares

We are criminally neglectful in the way we behave around snakes.

Down In Jungleland: To Love and to Protect

Claws, teeth and wile — no holds are barred when defending territory and young ones in the wild.

Down in Jungleland: Hello, Sunshine

Why rely on alarm clocks, when you have the musical charms of the bulbul to begin the day with?

Stars and stripes

With celebrities venturing into Corbett National Park, have good times for tigers finally come?

Hatch them off guard

Furore in a crow’s nest as cuckoo babies come out of the closet.

Down in Jungleland: The importance of mangroves

Mangroves are essential natural barriers against the elements

Down in Jungleland: In the Beat of a Wing

How a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly is a miracle of nature.

Down in Jungleland: Spot a Birder

The way you go about bird-watching reveals more about you than you would wish to.

Down in Jungleland: Part II: What Lies Beneath

Of first impressions and coloured perceptions in the animal world.

Down in Jungleland: What Lies Beneath

In the animal kingdom, the first impression is rarely the last one.

Down in Jungleland: Wing Games

Besides being game birds, grey francolins are also great fighters.

Down in Jungleland: The Passing of a Species

Great Indian Bustards slide into extinction.

Down in Jungleland: Notes from the neighbourhood

To observe nature, sometimes it's enough to look out the window.

Down in Jungleland: May the Best Man Win

In a peacock’s world, every body part, from the ornamental headdress to the train, plays a role.

Down in Jungleland: Mountain Rain

Raindrops in the hills make a melody, both quiet and clinky.

Down in jungleland – come into my parlour

Bribery, honey traps, illicit affairs — all’s fair when it comes to species propagation.

Down in Jungleland: Terms of Engagement

Bribing, entrapment and other underhand tactics of plants are all geared towards procreation.

Down in Jungleland: It’s the Babies, Stupid!

Why carnivores need hideouts, but herbivores wander free.

Top Spin: Why spiders are the master spinners of the natural world

Today, your average garden spider, sitting in her fabulous orb-web, can produce six different types of silk from the spinnerets (nozzles) at her rear end — depending on what she wants to use it for.