Tea for Two @ Coorg!
3 / Apr / 2013
Photographed by Kiran Poonacha

We’ve all heard of the legendary hospitality of Coorg, and how the denizens readily share their table and cellar with any chance visitor. So, it won’t come as a complete surprise if you’re accosted in the woods with a whistled invitation to ‘tea for two’ even if, normally, coffee is the cup that cheers in […]

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Pied Bush Chat, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 9 Comments »

Home Tailoring In Coorg!
10 / Jan / 2013
Photographed by Dr. Bishan Monnappa

Tailors stitch clothes. Or that’s what we’ve always believed. In Coorg, however, they sew, rivet and stitch ready-to-occupy homes. There is an entire community of seamstresses in this neck of the woods, who give ‘tailor-made’ homes a whole new meaning, creating plush, bespoke dwellings that are a far cry from the assembly line apartments that […]

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Common Tailorbird, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 5 Comments »

Cackler on the Roof!
10 / Oct / 2012
Photographed by Dr. Bishan Monnappa

If you’re humming to yourself, strolling through the coffee-scented backwoods of Coorg, and hear a maniacal laugh followed by some hysterical cackling, please don’t put your musical ambitions on hold. Far from being a reaction to your ability to hold a tune, it may just be the local busybody wagging his rather large nose in […]

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Malabar Grey Hornbill, Coorg | Posted in Birds | No Comments »

The great British naturalist, George Montagu, gave it his name. Can you give it a title?
12 / Sep / 2012
Photographed by Kiran Poonacha

War movie buffs and air force acolytes who know their Falcons from their Nighthawks will always have a soft spot for the Harrier. In today’s world of muscular, supersonic stealth fighters, the Harrier is a gracious throwback to the age of subsonic flight. Developed as a jump-jet capable of vertical take-offs, and able to operate […]

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Montagu's Harrier, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 206 Comments »

The Next Big Bollywood Musician!
27 / Jun / 2012
Photographed by Dr. Bishan Monnappa

We all know what it took some of our reigning deities to arrive on the Bollywood music scene: a little talent, and the not-so-little ability to be ‘inspired’ by others’ compositions. I mean, how many times have we seen narcissistic composers lapping up all the credit for a hit song without even batting a false […]

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Oriental Magpie-Robin, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 4 Comments »

Sirsasana Ver 2.0!
23 / May / 2012
Photographed by Kiran Poonacha

What do you call someone who hangs around upside down, and prefers to descend a tree, head first? Is this another transcendental yogi, or just someone ripe for the local loony bin? Consider also, that this is someone who keeps urging you to ‘sit, sit, sit’, and then tweets a ‘chip, chip, chip’, and you […]

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Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 13 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 »

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 Polyglot Policeman of Coorg!
30 / Nov / 2011
Photographed by Dr. Bishen Monappa

You hear a Babbler issuing a shrill warning from behind a bush. Then you hear the sudden alarm call of a Thrush. What follows is a cacophony of vociferous voices in various bird languages, much like a plenary session of the United Nations. Where the lay observer would expect to find an agitated avian congregation, […]

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Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 11 Comments »

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