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Not a ‘Merchant’ Ivory Production
23 / Feb / 2011
Photographed by Dr. Sameer Rao

For centuries, elephants have been seen merely as mobile ivory holders: temporary guardians, as it were, of the world’s most sought after merchandise. The unscrupulous trade in ivory had contributed greatly to the depredation of elephant numbers. Today, conservational activism and legislation have significantly reduced poaching, and the magnificent specimen that we see in this […]

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Asiatic Bull Elephant, Kabini | Posted in Mammals | 10 Comments »

The Shy Maiden of Kabini
9 / Feb / 2011
Photographed by Ganesh H. Shankar

We all know about the Mimosa. Every one of us has grown up knowing at least one at high school, often of the opposite sex, who’d shrink from all contact and withdraw deep within themselves when approached. While in the case of this writer, the reaction to him was commonplace till he discovered the existence […]

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Touch Me Not (Mimosa Pudica), Kabini | Posted in Flora | 19 Comments »

It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…
27 / Jan / 2011
Photographed by Amoghavarsha

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 […]

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Malabar Gliding Frog, Coorg | Posted in Amphibians | 10 Comments »

A Lion in Fly’s Clothing
12 / Jan / 2011
Photographed by Ganesh H. Shankar

Did this miniature model of entomological royalty get its name because it’s the king of animals in its weight group? Or does the Antlion’s name owe more to its voracious predation of ants? The jury has been out for a while now, and while the debate doesn’t seem to suggest an early resolution, the rule […]

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Antlion, Coorg | Posted in Insects | 9 Comments »

Jungle Deodorant
29 / Dec / 2010
Photographed by Kalyan Varma

Deodorants come in some of the snazziest packages these days, though the one found in Kabini takes the cake for being the most eye-catching and innovative. The rare Slender Loris is nature’s own odor-buster, one that keeps the forest smelling fresh by consuming the most noxious and smelly insects. This being the case, it’s funny […]

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Slender Loris, Kabini | Posted in Mammals | 9 Comments »

The Case of the Bashful Giant
15 / Dec / 2010
Photographed by Jayanth Sharma

Amongst the largest of his species, this champion athlete of the treetops pulls off gravity-defying leaps of up to 6 meters that’d do a Bob Beamon proud. But you’ll never catch him advertising his prowess. Chances are that you’ll never ever see the Malabar Giant Squirrel, but will often hear him chattering away in the […]

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Malabar Giant Squirrel, Coorg | Posted in Mammals | 19 Comments »

The Hovercraft!
1 / Dec / 2010
Photographed by Kiran Poonacha

What would you consider the greatest virtue of a species whose very name conjures up visions of high speed diving attacks? Certainly not motionlessness, but that’s exactly what makes the Kestrel stand apart from all other raptors. If you’ve been to Kabini between October and March, you might have spotted a brown robed, smaller version […]

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Common Kestrel, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 29 Comments »

A Conversation with God
17 / Nov / 2010
Photographed by Ganesh H. Shankar

When you wish to speak to a god, you need a language so elevated, it beseeches Him to listen. For the Kurubas, followers of the Hindu god Shiva and the original tribal inhabitants of Kabini, there can only be one medium of communication: dance! Shiva is the cosmic dancer of the Hindu pantheon, and while […]

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Kuruba Dance, Kabini | Posted in Culture | 11 Comments »

The Death of a Queen
3 / Nov / 2010
Photographed by Kalyan Varma

The Queen is dead; long live the Queen! This could well be the leitmotif of a parallel universe that exists in the microscopic underworld of Coorg. Shades of regicide can be seen in the image above, where a worker ant is attempting to murder the Queen just as she’s emerged after a successful mating. Welcome […]

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Jumping Ants, Coorg | Posted in Insects | 13 Comments »

Britney Spears? So does the Darter!
20 / Oct / 2010
Photographed by Jayanth Sharma

Out in the jungles of Kabini, there exists a rock star like no other, a phenomenally successful performer who doesn’t believe in casting a wide net, but in transfixing his audience on the tip of his spear. Meet the Darter, Kabini’s spearman par compare, and discover how he captures the imagination (and his supper) with […]

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Darter, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 11 Comments »

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