For Rishad Naoroji, bird watching is a "professional hobby". The 61-year-old has observed raptors for the past 35-years across India and in countries like Tanzania, Kenya, Japan and Mongolia. Cousin of Godrej Chairman Adi Godrej, Naoroji talks to Ranjita Ganesan at his fifth-floor office in Godrej Bhavan about his preferred birding gadgets
What is the essential equipment for bird watching?
What binoculars do you like to use?
My war horse is a Zeiss 10X40 that is more than 20-years-old. It is light and sturdy. I dropped it a couple of times and my heart skipped a beat but there was no damage. The optics are still as stunning.
I also use a Leica 10X50, which is slightly heavier. They are both old but more than adequate.
Which camera do you use?
For me, photography is more about identification and record keeping. I am a Nikon man. The D300 body that I use is now four-years-old. My lenses include a monster 400mm f2.8 and a 500mm f4, both by Nikon. I will be buying the new D7100 soon. I consult four or five experts before investing in a camera.
Do you use a tripod?
For stability, I usually use sandbags. They add about 6kg in weight but work well. My tripod too is fitted with a sandbag. It helps absorb vibrations on the roof of a four-wheel drive.
Do you prefer any specific clothing for birding?
Just a camera jacket because I need the multiple pockets. I have Nikon jackets and one by Canon, which my dealer in Singapore gave me.
Which books can beginner birders refer to?
There are a lot of good field guides for basic identification. My book helps in learning about raptors around India. (Naoroji has authored a comprehensive guide titled Birds of Prey of the Indian Subcontinent)