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 »

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 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 »

The Land of the Flying Sun
6 / Oct / 2010
Photographed by Dr. Bishan Monnappa

Coorg is famed for the profusion of its plant life; a patchwork quilt of green, embossed with gorgeous floral patterns. Adding to this thing of beauty is a little ray of dappled sunshine that periodically flits in to embellish this tapestry by hovering over the flowers, almost as if holding a pose for posterity. Meet […]

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Loten's Sunbird, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 9 Comments »

The Grumble in the Jungle
8 / Sep / 2010
Photographed by Dr. Ajit Huilgol

It’s early morning in Coorg and you’re sitting back, eyes closed, enjoying a steaming mug of Sidapur coffee, when you hear a scratchy Ku-kayak-kyuk-kyuk sound interrupted by a familiar click, followed by a torrent of unprintable language. Chances are the former sound was a Grey Jungle Fowl pottering about for food, and the latter, a […]

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Grey Junglefowl, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 14 Comments »

The Weatherman of Coorg
27 / Jul / 2010
Photographed by Vijay Rao

Most of us have grown up to develop a very healthy dose of cynicism about most things in life. While the promises and peccadilloes of our politicians is at one end, the bumbling fallibilities of our weather forecasters is at the other, and rarely fails to bring a smile that both mocks and forgives in […]

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Malabar Pit Viper, Coorg | Posted in Reptiles | 44 Comments »

The Scent of a Woman
14 / Jul / 2010
Photographed by Dr. Bishan Monnappa

If one were to go by the adverts we see on TV, women who use a certain brand of perfume can have it all: an alluringly fragrant presence, supreme self confidence, and unlimited male attention. In Coorg however, there’s one lady who makes her own fragrance and uses it quite liberally, both as a body […]

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Common Hoopoe, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 23 Comments »

The hen that eats eggs!
2 / Jun / 2010
Photographed by Sudhir Shivaram

Forget the old debate about which came first. In the swamplands of Coorg, there exists a hen that knows the answer, and as if to emphasize the point, brazenly steals and eats eggs to beat the monotony of an otherwise vegetarian diet. Cannibalism? Not really, for her taste runs to duck’s eggs which she eats […]

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Purple Swamphen, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 18 Comments »

Can you spot the beach in the picture?
21 / Apr / 2010
Photographed by TNA Perumal

Forget Cannes, Ibiza, Jamaica, Rio and other playgrounds of the sun worshipping jet set. Some of the world’s most beautiful bodies are to be found sunbathing in the hills and vales of Coorg. While the strips in the south of France and the Caribbean have their acolytes, discerning members of the animal bourgeois find their […]

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Baronet Butterfly, Coorg | Posted in Insects | 19 Comments »

Once Upon a Bug…
24 / Mar / 2010
Photographed by Ganesh H. Shankar

Long, long ago, in the days before PCs and video games, when TVs were tourist attractions at the homes of the connected, children in South India prospected for precious metals in their backyards. When you did strike gold, or any other likely gem, you tucked away the precious catch in miniature safe deposit lockers, which […]

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Jewel Bug, Coorg | Posted in Insects | 27 Comments »

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