The Pirate with the White Eye-patch!
29 / Jun / 2016
Photographed by Sudhir Shivaram

If you were a convoy of industrious insects going about your lawful business in the leafy channels of Coorg, you’d do well to keep a lookout. For, flying the Jolly Roger in these parts, are roving bands of the Oriental White-eye, avian pirates that descend on the unwary and decamp with their lives. In the […]

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Oriental White-eye, Coorg | Posted in Birds | No Comments »

Fans Wanted!
3 / Mar / 2016
Photographed by Kiran Poonacha

‘The Indian Peafowl, or Blue Peafowl, is a large and brightly coloured bird of the pheasant family…’ Now, if that sounded like the most boringly plebeian introduction, blame Mr. Peacock. Understatement is so alien to anything connected with the male of the species, that even facts have to find their inner muse and dress up […]

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Indian Peafowl, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 8 Comments »

The Phantom Flautist of Coorg
13 / Jan / 2016
Photographed by Dr. Bishan Monnappa

Imagine you’re out on a leisurely walk in Coorg and suddenly you hear the melodious strain of a flute wafting out of the woods. You wonder if it is some local minstrel, wandering, like a wood sprite, in the trees, or a modern day Krishna invisibly serenading his Gopikas… or if there is some precocious […]

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Indian Golden Oriole, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 10 Comments »

30 / Sep / 2015
Photographed by Samyak Kaninde

This is a tale about visual design in the natural world, and masterpieces created using proprietary Adobe technology. If you’re wide-eyed already, just hold your horses. This ‘Dreamweaver’ isn’t the popular web development tool, but a tech-savvy bird in Coorg, that goes by the name of Baya. The Baya Weaver is a master craftsman who […]

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Baya Weaver, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 7 Comments »

Man in Red
27 / Aug / 2015
Photographed by Dr. Bishan Monnappa

Our songs have always immortalised the ‘Lady in Red’, but in the animal kingdom, it’s the Lad in Red who never goes to an empty bed. Nowhere is it more true than in the hills and dales of Coorg, where a little male bird has captured a disproportionate share of female attention. It’s said that […]

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Red Avadavat, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 7 Comments »

The Handsome Hermit of Coorg!
22 / Apr / 2015
Photographed by Dr. Bishan Monnappa

When you see someone dressed in a flamboyant waistcoat of crimson-pink, wearing brilliant blue eyeliner to match with the blue lipstick on their bill, you know there’s a party somewhere in the jungle, and this is a gregarious regular on the Page 3 circuit. So you hop across to say “Hello”, and this handsome hunk […]

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Malabar Trogon, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 6 Comments »

The Frog Prince: Ver 2.0
26 / Feb / 2015
Photographed by Dr. Bishan Monnappa

In a land where a lot of the natives trace their ancestry to the Macedonian armies of Alexander the Great, there exists one bashful prince whose very name bespeaks roots in an Emerald Isle much closer to home. The Sri Lankan Frogmouth, so called because of his wide, gaping mouth that resembles a frog’s, is […]

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Sri Lankan Frogmouth, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 6 Comments »

One Man Heavy Metal Band!
10 / Jul / 2014
Photographed by Kiran Poonacha

Psychedelic yellowish-green outfits. Black bordered yellow face paint with black stripes. A crimson sash on the throat and forehead, teamed with red stockings. Scraggly, unkempt whiskers that haven’t seen a barber for ages! The hero of this piece is the quintessential rock star, down to the manic jerking of his head to his own beat. […]

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Coppersmith Barbet, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 8 Comments »

Chicken 65 BC!
8 / May / 2014
Photographed by Kiran Poonacha

Millennia before the advent of the Chicken 65, a dish worshipped in India and almost conferred the status of ‘national bird’, there lived a chicken that was venerated by Egyptian royalty. The Pharaoh’s Chicken was a rather peculiar bird, not least because it wasn’t even a hen to begin with. It was an Egyptian Vulture, […]

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Egyptian Vulture, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 8 Comments »

Behold, He Walks on Water!
5 / Mar / 2014
Photographed by Dr. Bishan Monnappa

For some it has always been a miracle; an act of faith. For others, it has merely been an act of science, albeit awe-inspiring. For centuries, this vision of someone actually treading water has become commonplace in Coorg, yet familiarity hasn’t bred contempt. Those who’ve watched it a thousand times will still stop and wonder […]

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Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 12 Comments »

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