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The farmer who bites his cattle
19 / May / 2010
Photographed by Ganesh H. Shankar

The pastoral society of Kabini is the stage where an intrepid breed of farmers herds their cattle right under the noses of large predators who are none the wiser for the event. Perhaps it helps that the ‘cattle’, in this Lilliputian saga, are no larger than a grain of rice, and their minders aren’t much […]

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Honey ant and aphids, Kabini | Posted in Insects | 44 Comments »

And quiet flows the Kabini…
5 / May / 2010
Photographed by Giri Cavale

There comes a time in the lives of even the mightiest forces, when it’s not all about that relentless charge towards their destiny. This is a time to ease off, and reflect; to pull back and gather your strength about you, and not proclaim your majesty in full voice. This is the time when your […]

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Sambar Deer crossing, Kabini | Posted in Landscapes | 24 Comments »

Can you spot the beach in the picture?
21 / Apr / 2010
Photographed by TNA Perumal

Forget Cannes, Ibiza, Jamaica, Rio and other playgrounds of the sun worshipping jet set. Some of the world’s most beautiful bodies are to be found sunbathing in the hills and vales of Coorg. While the strips in the south of France and the Caribbean have their acolytes, discerning members of the animal bourgeois find their […]

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Baronet Butterfly, Coorg | Posted in Insects | 19 Comments »

Whistler in the Woods
7 / Apr / 2010
Photographed by Jayanth Sharma

One doesn’t know if it’s a sign of innate good cheer, or just a touch of genetic flirtatiousness, but there’s one denizen of the Kabini wetlands who always announces his arrival by whistling a happy tune. Not just a normal, workmanlike toot-toot, but a properly melodious three note composition, with the final note pitched high […]

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Lesser Whistling Duck, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 35 Comments »

Once Upon a Bug…
24 / Mar / 2010
Photographed by Ganesh H. Shankar

Long, long ago, in the days before PCs and video games, when TVs were tourist attractions at the homes of the connected, children in South India prospected for precious metals in their backyards. When you did strike gold, or any other likely gem, you tucked away the precious catch in miniature safe deposit lockers, which […]

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Jewel Bug, Coorg | Posted in Insects | 27 Comments »

A turtle by any other name…
10 / Mar / 2010
Photographed by Dr. Ajit Huilgol

So what’s in a name? After all, a turtle is a tortoise is a terrapin! But not if you were Australian. Down under, they only have tortoises, irrespective of where they’re from. In America, tortoises own the land and all aquatic tenants are called turtles. The British, finicky as ever, have the naming down to […]

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Indian Pond Terrapin, Kabini | Posted in Reptiles | 16 Comments »

Tea and Snakes served here!
24 / Feb / 2010
Photographed by Kiran Poonacha

If you’ve ever wandered off the urban jungle into the hinterland of India, chances are you’d have been assailed with sign boards and menus that shocked the palate and tickled the funny bone, albeit inadvertently. Pride of place probably goes to the all too common boards outside wayside eating joints with signs reading, ‘Tea and […]

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Short-toed Snake Eagle, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 25 Comments »

Some Damsels are Gentlemen
10 / Feb / 2010
Photographed by Ganesh H. Shankar

A Damsel is not always a lady. For, even the males of this species are called Damselflies, though they don’t seem to mind too much (proof that metrosexuals have been around much longer than our fashionistas would have us believe). The females too are definitely not products of those Swiss finishing schools that insist on […]

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Damselfly, Coorg | Posted in Insects | 24 Comments »

The Macedonians of Madikeri
27 / Jan / 2010
Photographed by Balan Madhavan

Legend has it that they are the remnants of Alexander’s army, who stayed on in India, when the conqueror marched back to Macedonia. The Puranas claim that the Kodavas are the children of the river goddess, Cauvery, whose waters irrigate the very soul of Coorg. Whatever their provenance, these hardy sentinels of the hills are […]

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Kodava Couple, Coorg | Posted in Culture | 15 Comments »

The Lost Emperor
13 / Jan / 2010
Photographed by Kiran Poonacha

He may be the monarch of all he surveys, but this is one member of the avian royalty who’d much rather avoid the spotlight, thank you! No flashbulbs, no glitzy ‘coming out’ balls, and definitely no obliging those pesky jungle paparazzi, no matter how noble their intentions. If you want a glimpse, much less a […]

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Black-naped Monarch, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 26 Comments »

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