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27 / Jan / 2011
It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…
Malabar Gliding Frog, Coorg Photograph: Amoghavarsha Story: Rajesh Ramaswamy

It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…

It’s Superfrog! If you’d like to catch the latest blockbuster featuring an amphibious superhero, do book a ticket to the daily evening show at Coorg…where you will be entertained by a regional action flick full of romance, death-defying leaps and action sequences, and the inevitable song and rain-dance routine. Welcome to the world of the Malabar Gliding Frog, a world full of tall trees, deciduous forests and giant leaps of imagination. By day, our hero is someone who sits quietly on the treetops, legs gathered together and forefeet folded, blending into the landscape, and just like the fabled Clark Kent, draws very little attention to himself. By night, however, he becomes a webbed crusader whose trademarked stunt is to jump off the tallest trees and use the extensive webbing between his feet to glide to the next tree, often more than ten meters away. And when the first monsoonal showers arrive, presaging the wet season and whetting his appetite for company, we’re treated to his full-throated repertoire of love songs. This combination of daredevilry and lyrical effusion must be working with the fairer sex, for very soon we see him marching off to a private tryst with his heroine. When we catch up with the couple, we see that their love has borne fruit and the heroine is about to give birth. The hero now shows his bag of tricks is not empty when he manually whips up a ‘foam nest’ in the water for her eggs to incubate. This is when you realize the heroine in this tale has no need to kiss this frog on the nose, for he is her prince charming already. But that, my friends, is another fairy tale, for another day…another show!

We at Orange County have loved sharing this story with you, and shall bring you one every fortnight, as part of our Responsible Tourism Initiatives to raise awareness about the nature and culture of the environments we operate in.

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  1. Diane Woods says:

    Thank you for this post. I am enchanted with Malabar Gliding Frog!

  2. ashishsheth says:

    Sir, I have been to your properties both Orange County, Coorg & Kabini, both of which were paradise on earth.

  3. Vinod Kumar VK says:

    What a Narration Sir!!! great write up.. the Image is awesome.. Really an amazing creature of Coorg..

  4. Syed Niyaz says:

    Good day!
    Thank you very much for the Mail. I am very happy to see the E-mail. So keep sending me mails so that I can refresh ma memories left behind in Orange County.

  5. Ruchira Sonalkar says:

    sigh.. by far the best fairytale, only this time its very real and true 🙂

  6. Dr Sameer R. Rao says:

    Wonderful image ,variety and beauty in nature is never ending.Truly an amazing image

  7. Diwakaran Nair says:

    ‘Super’ Issue, this one. Thanx for sharing such a brilliant picture told brilliantly as a story. Well done again, Orange County!

  8. Mrs Rika Dubois says:

    I will be for the second time in your properties:
    11/13 Mar 2011 Kabini
    13/15 Mar 2011 Coorg
    As my passion is photography it should be a pleasure to meet a photographer naturalist
    Last September it was raining the whole time…

  9. ganeshprasad says:

    Few months back may be June&July, I stayed in Coorg. Excellent service!

  10. Ashwini Patil says:

    Oh My God..!! This was one of the very amazingly told stories and articles about cute & preciuous animals that thrive on Mother earth along with us…! Trusly its a great initiative, and is catchy aswell…! Keep up the good work team…I support you.

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