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Kabini! An ancient land molded by modernity but also strangely left untouched by it. A land of myths, legends, history and pristine wilderness. A place where sages were born and mythical characters sought and found refuge. In these jungles, life beats to the rhythms of nature who unfolds her secrets one page at a time. The secret to success in this venerable realm is an ability to wait and watch.

In this Blog on Kabini we take you on a long and leisurely journey through this ancient land which has been witness to mainstream and tribal synergy with a dash of colonial legacy thrown in for good measure. Explore the jungle which has its share of thrills and spills punctuated with long intervals of calm. As fellow travelers we invite you to share your own experiences of this journey of discovery.

Category: birds

Of Tufts and Tails

Gowri Subramanya

The deciduous forests of Kabini have been called many epithets – land of the leopard, elephant haven and so on. Kabini is all that and more. As the safari vehicles stream through the forest, the keen faces of tourists peer intently at the top canopy with hopes of spotting a rosette covered feline form reclining…

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Posted in: birds Nature

It’s dawn in April, as a persistence of whistling prattle wakes you from a nimble sleep into which you were lulled last night by the haunting hoots of a scops owl. Wanting to put a face to the voice at this early hour, you step out of your room all ears, to go from bed…

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Posted in: birds Destination Nature

The Master of the Seas

Gowri Subramanya

One of the most beautiful sights a birdwatcher looks forward to is an Osprey hunting for fish, its exclusive diet, over the serene surface of a lake. As the boat meanders through the backwaters in Kabini, you can’t help but scan every bare tree stump jutting out of water, in the hope of spotting this…

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Posted in: birds Destination

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Farmers of the Forest

Gowri Subramanya

It’s a common notion that the ‘wild’ just grows itself. That’s why we refer to it as the wild. Farming – the practice of controlled growth of vegetation – is a human invention. From a point in history where we foraged and gathered produce from forests, relying largely on luck to gather enough food for…

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Posted in: birds Nature

The Blue Gymnast!

Rajan Kanagasabai

The Indian Roller (earlier known as the ‘Blue Jay’) is a bird so unique that it has the honour of being the state bird of four large states in India – Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Orissa. This small passerine acquires its name from the brilliant rolls, dives and aerobatic manoeuvres it displays during the…

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The Little Warriors

Rajan Kanagasabai

A member of the Tern family, the River Tern is an aggressive and gregarious bird. With a Black and Grey body, the bird has three distinct features by way of a forked tail, bright orange legs and a brilliant yellow beak.

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Black Tie!

Vikram Nanjappa

A Black Tie event is one where you are required to wear a Dinner Jacket. In today’s world, it is the most formal dress code that there is. Though this was not always the case, one hardly comes across a White Tie event these days.

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The Snake Birds…

Rajan Kanagasabai

The huge Kabini water expanse, on the banks of which the wonderful Orange County Resorts is built, is home to a huge range of water birds. Among those lesser known avians are the Oriental Darters. Indian Darters, Snake Birds and so on, are other common names of this wonderful species of graceful birds.

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The Narcissist…

Vikram Nanjappa

In my previous post, I touched upon some of the jewels you might ordinarily miss during your stay in Kabini. Let me continue from where I left off. When you walk towards the Reading Lounge, you will notice a small rain water harvesting pond nearby. This is the favourite haunt of a true narcissist!

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