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The Dark Knight of Kabini!
18 / Apr / 2012
Photographed by Sanket Reddy

If you were to call someone a ‘Drongo’ on a visit to Australia, be prepared to either show a clean pair of heels or to settle it outside, man to man. For, down under, the term is used to refer to someone who’s a stupid no-hoper. The slang originates from a famous racehorse of that […]

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Black Drongo, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 1 Comment »

No Red-eye Correction!
4 / Apr / 2012
Photographed by Kiran Poonacha

For a photo-essay that celebrates the finest in nature photography, the viewers may be forgiven for wondering how we allowed this image to pass without that most basic of photo editing techniques: red-eye correction! They could also be forgiven for wondering if the Editor had a bad case of ‘red eye’ syndrome after a late […]

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Black-shouldered Kite, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 9 Comments »

Country Blues!
21 / Mar / 2012
Photographed by Sanket Reddy

When you meander along the wooded backstreets of Coorg, there’s one genre of music that’ll serenade you every season: The Blues! The Coorg version is, however, very different from its American cousin in that its provenance is not the stygian depths of melancholia, but springs from a sunny groundswell of cheerful optimism. Furthermore, the label […]

Tickell's Blue Flycatcher, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 16 Comments »

An Echo in the Woods!
7 / Mar / 2012
Photographed by Sudhir Shivaram

If the sheer beauty of Coorg moves you to poetry, and you feel like spouting a few verses aloud when you think you’re alone, you’d be wise to think twice. Chances are, you may not be as alone as you thought, and may hear your words thrown back at you, often with added acoustics in […]

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Common Myna, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 16 Comments »

A Mason’s Lodge in Kabini
22 / Feb / 2012
Photographed by Ganesh H. Shankar

The cult of the Freemasons and the rituals of the Masonic lodges may remain an eternal mystery to those of us who’re on the outside. But in the lush environs of Kabini, there exists another esoteric group of masons that creates lodges whose construct is predicated to the creation of life, and whose artistry has […]

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Potter Wasp, Kabini | Posted in Insects | 28 Comments »

The Tipplers Hangout!
8 / Feb / 2012
Photographed by Dr. Bishan Monappa

There aren’t too many places where junior citizens can wet their beaks, but if you’re suitably small (preferably below 14 cm, like those check-in baggage specs at airports), decked out in green with a crimson or orange tail-piece, and are spiffily turned out with a formal blue scarf (dress code for guys only; the broads […]

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Vernal Hanging Parrot, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 10 Comments »

The Chuckling Assassin of Coorg!
25 / Jan / 2012
Photographed by Kiran Poonacha

He’s very successful at his vocation, but the White-throated Kingfisher of Coorg is definitely not one of those brooding, silent killers so beloved of Hitchcock fans; he prefers to announce his presence with a loud chuckle or a staccato laugh that suggests he’s not short of gallows humour, even if the joke’s lost on his […]

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White-throated Kingfisher, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 12 Comments »

The Bearded Bandit of Coorg!
11 / Jan / 2012
Photographed by Samyak Kaninde

Being mugged is every traveller’s nightmare. Being mugged and then consumed as the main course in a mugger’s banquet, is the stuff that makes it to the horror movie hall of fame. But being killed and converted into a Smoothie to be slurped at leisure, takes the (dis)honours and is certainly not something you’d like […]

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Robber Fly, Coorg | Posted in Insects | 8 Comments »

No Fly Zone!
28 / Dec / 2011
Photographed by Jayanth Sharma

Whether you’re part of the Dragonfly Squadron, the Butterfly Command, or the Bug & Beetle Corps, you’d do well to steer clear of the airspace around Kabini. This is a biospheric Bermuda triangle, where identified flying objects fly in but don’t fly out, and nothing’s heard of them ever after. This ‘No Fly’ zone is […]

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Asian Paradise-flycatcher, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 8 Comments »

A Pharmacy in a Flower!
14 / Dec / 2011
Photographed by Samyak Kaninde

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the prettiest pharmacist of them all? Just meander along the bejeweled emerald aisles of Coorg, and the answer will leave you in no doubt. After all, which other apothecary is so cheerful and inviting, bedecked in brilliant shades of yellow and red, reaching out majestically with wispy green tendrils? […]

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Glory Lily, Coorg | Posted in Flora | 11 Comments »

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