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Farmer’s Friend
13 / Jul / 2011
Photographed by Kiran Poonacha

He’s the common Joe of Indian reptilia, and is spotted more often than most snakes, without being as unwelcome a presence. Unless you were a country cousin of Mickey and Minnie’s, in which case, you went around on your furry, furtive way hoping not to meet this mugger up a dark alley. For, the Rat […]

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Rat Snake, Kabini | Posted in Reptiles | 22 Comments »

The Scent of a Bird
29 / Jun / 2011
Photographed by Dr. Bishan Monnappa

If you can’t hear the telltale rat-a-tat of someone drumming on a tree bark, or even if you can’t spot those fashionable heart patterns fluttering amidst the leaves, don’t lose heart. For, if you’re seeking Coorg’s most romantic citizen, you don’t have to look too hard. In fact, very often you don’t have to look […]

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Heart-spotted Woodpecker, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 22 Comments »

The Exiled Prince
15 / Jun / 2011
Photographed by Ganesh H. Shankar

History is replete with tales of legendary heroes going into exile, and returning after conquering the odds, to reclaim their rightful place. In the Hindu epic, The Ramayana, the young Prince Rama had to undergo a fourteen year exile before he was considered ready to claim his throne. While Rama spent his years in the […]

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Cicada, Kabini | Posted in Insects | 15 Comments »

The Shower Symphony
1 / Jun / 2011
Photographed by Sudhir Shivaram

Most of us have a hidden spark of musical genius, often experienced by select audiences who’re left mesmerised by our lyrical effusion. Let’s not dwell on the small issue of the audience count numbering just one. For, in the world of the bathroom singer, one doesn’t allow annoying things like reality to intrude. In the […]

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White-breasted Waterhen, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 9 Comments »

Crouching Lizard Flying Dragon
18 / May / 2011
Photographed by Ganesh H. Shankar

Not all blockbusters play to packed audiences. Nor do all heroes crave the spotlight. One of Coorg’s leading action stars features in incredible action sequences that would otherwise be considered flights of fancy, but doesn’t stay around for the applause. Like all great performers, he blends into his roles-and very often his surroundings-with such good […]

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Draco, Coorg | Posted in Reptiles | 10 Comments »

Sambar for the Carnivorous Soul
4 / May / 2011
Photographed by Sudhir Shivaram

Tigers must definitely have South Indian sensibilities. For, their favourite meal is the Sambar, a staple of every self-respecting South Indian kitchen. But while the original Sambar is a soupy lentil concoction, the dish featured here is a large serving of meat on the hoof. The Sambar, featured above, definitely boasts more Deer per Deer, […]

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Sambar Deer, Kabini | Posted in Mammals | 6 Comments »

The Coorg Chat Room
20 / Apr / 2011
Photographed by Kiran Poonacha

While the Chateratti in the social networks swear by Facebook, MSN and Twitter, residents of Coorg have always known that theirs is the most colourful chat engine around. For, here you’ll find the avian world’s most talkative citizens and ‘live’ chat rooms behind every bush. The old dictum, ‘If speech is silver, silence is golden’, […]

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Rose-ringed Parakeet, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 21 Comments »

The Drama Queen of Kabini
6 / Apr / 2011
Photographed by Dr. Ajit Huilgol

What do you call someone who announces her presence with the sweetest melodies, and then underlines her arrival on the scene with a drum-roll of percussive rattles and appreciative whistles? Ornithologists call her the Yellow-eyed Babbler, but we suspect she prefers to be known as the ‘Diva’. As we shall see, this diminutive bird’s behaviour […]

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Yellow-eyed Babbler, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 9 Comments »

The Copycat of Coorg!
23 / Mar / 2011
Photographed by Ganesh H. Shankar

It’s said that if you wish to attain any degree of proficiency in a field, you should begin early. Nobody follows this dictum better than the subject of this issue, whose career as a mimicry artist begins from early childhood. What looks to be a bird’s dropping on a leaf, is often a Common Mormon […]

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Common Mormon Caterpillar, Coorg | Posted in Insects | 10 Comments »

The Siberian Airways Frequent Flyer Program
9 / Mar / 2011
Photographed by Kiran Poonacha

If you thought you were a globe-trotter, and that life was what happened between connecting flights, do consider the competition. What you see in the picture is a serene duck contemplating timelessness on the placid waters of the Kabini. What you don’t see is the sheer distance he’s travelled to get here. The Northern Pintail […]

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Northern Pintail, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 15 Comments »

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