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When we hear the term ‘Giants of Kabini’, we automatically think of elephants. However, there is another giant in Kabini that is not as famous. I am referring to the Gaur, which is often known as the Indian Bison. There’s something very interesting about the Gaur found in Kabini, as opposed to the ones found in other…

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It was my first safari into the beautiful forest of Nagarhole, and Mr. Venkatesh Kolappa, one of the best naturalists of Kabini, navigated our driver into the forest. Just as our vehicle crossed the check post, we were pulled back to a stop, and a female elephant gracefully emerged from the lantana thickets. Even as…

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Posted in: Destination 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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A Fight to the Finish!

Vikram Nanjappa

I have written a series of posts about the extraordinary bond that exists between a mother and her offspring in the wild. Most often this special bond is not visible to the casual observer, especially in the case of the deer family, as it is quite challenging to read any emotion into their faces. However,…

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In the last 7 years of my field experience in Kabini, I have never seen a monsoon of this nature. It started to rain heavily as we were leaving. There were around 15 guests with me, and I could see a tinge of disappointment on their faces.

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Posted in: Destination Nature

A Mystery in the Monsoon

K Shanmugakumar

It was raining that morning. I was guiding 16 guests on the safari. As soon as we entered the forest, the rain stopped. I could then sense the strong stench of a carcasss. Hence I anticipated some predator movement near us. There are some spots where we obtained some fabulous sightings this season.

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Posted in: Destination Nature

It was an unusually misty morning this monsoon. I was fortunate to be a naturalist in the morning vehicle safari. We had made a sighting of a handful of chital and a sambar. The jungle was reverbrating with bird calls.

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Posted in: Destination Nature

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