The Tuneful Thief of Coorg
5 / Oct / 2011
Photographed by Sudhir Shivaram

He’s small, cheerful, and is known to be a good singer, often humming a gentle tune under his breath as he goes about his business. What stands out, however, is the audience reaction to his songs, which varies from frustrated sighs, to strangulated oaths and the odd expletive tossed his way. For the paddy farmers […]

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Scaly-breasted Munia, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 13 Comments »

The Wolf’s Lair
21 / Sep / 2011
Photographed by Ganesh H. Shankar

Meet a very different kind of wolf. This isn’t the two-legged kind that whistles at bus-stops as curvy specimens of the opposite gender pass by. Nor does he make eyes at them, though that would be a bit of an overdose, considering he has eight eyes of varying sizes. And eight legs to beat a […]

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Grassland Funnel Web Spider, Coorg | Posted in Arachnids | 23 Comments »

Yet Another Fishermans Tale
24 / Aug / 2011
Photographed by Sudhir Shivaram

Most of us landlubbers, would love the idea of slipping into our trunks and plunging into a pristine pool as an appetite-building precursor to a sumptuous meal. Some of our neighbours, however, like the Common Kingfisher of Coorg, have the habit of dressing for dinner before taking the plunge. The smallest of his species found […]

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Common Kingfisher, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 14 Comments »

The Alarm Clock of Coorg
27 / Jul / 2011
Photographed by Dr. Bishan Monnappa

First we invite visitors to throw away their alarm clocks before coming to Coorg, so they could have a totally laid-back holiday. And then we go and provide them with our very own au naturale wake-up call that trills out unfailingly, at the crack of dawn, every day. This mellifluous two-note whistle has a special […]

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Indian Pitta, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 24 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 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 »

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 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 »

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 »

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