The Case of the Dog that didn’t bark
4 / Nov / 2009
Photographed by Jayanth Sharma

It could be an affirmation of the old adage that barking dogs never bite, for the Dhole, or wild dogs of Kabini, are examples of the converse being true, and are never known to bark. But then, why would one want to bark when you have over five caller tunes to stay in touch? The […]

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Dhole, Kabini | Posted in Mammals | 20 Comments »

The Chameleon that ate a Deer
8 / Oct / 2009
Photographed by Giri Cavale

A leopard can’t change colour. Period. And we’ve always been told he can’t change his spots. Yet he qualifies as the Chameleon of the Big Cat family. The reason isn’t hard to see…he is! Trying to spot a leopard, when he doesn’t want to be seen, is like looking for one particular needle in a […]

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Leopard, Kabini | Posted in Mammals | 37 Comments »

Workaholics Anonymous
30 / Sep / 2009
Photographed by Amoghavarsha

All work and no play makes Jill a good bee. And a ‘live’ bee. For it’s not unknown for the hive bosses, to knock off Worker Bees suspected to be sleeping on the job. No sir… it just won’t do. There’s a lot of work to be done. Hives to be built, honey to be […]

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Worker Bee, Coorg | Posted in Insects | 19 Comments »

Honey, I shrunk the bird!
23 / Sep / 2009
Photographed by Ganesh H. Shankar

He’s small. Very small. But, size apart, there’s nothing little about this plover. This low flying sentinel of the wetlands is a lot of bird in a small frame, with a large bag of tricks up his sleeve. Consider, for starters, the patented ‘Broken Wing Feint’. When danger threatens his nest, he pretends to have […]

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Little Ringed Plover, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 21 Comments »

Why did the Elephant go to the dentist?
9 / Sep / 2009
Photographed by Jayanth Sharma

Because he wanted a new set of teeth. Because he was a Makhna, and didn’t have those gleaming dental showpieces that his more favoured cousin, the Tusker, flaunted with such panache. And, living as he did, in a biosphere with the largest concentration of Asiatic elephants in the world, the comparisons loomed large and with […]

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Makhna, Kabini | Posted in Mammals | 20 Comments »

Rock ‘n’ Roller
2 / Sep / 2009
Photographed by Dr. Sameer Rao

Headbangers of the avian world unite. Come summer, and The Rolling Stones of Kabini are ready to put on a show like no other. The Indian Roller is not a bird that believes in silent, meaningful romances. When he goes courting, he needs to let the whole world know, by serenading his mate through a […]

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Indian Roller, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 23 Comments »

Enter the Dragon 2
27 / Aug / 2009
Photographed by Jayanth Sharma

For all those weaned on martial arts movies, here’s good news. Another, highly entertaining, action packed thriller is playing at this very minute, in the jungles of Kabini, and the lead actor is a real dragon. The Common Indian Monitor doesn’t spit fire, but does everything a self respecting dragon action hero should. He can […]

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Common Indian Monitor, Kabini | Posted in Reptiles | 42 Comments »

Bling on the Wing
19 / Aug / 2009
Photographed by Kiran Poonacha

We all know about women and diamonds, but emeralds are some birds’ best friends. We are, of course, talking about the ‘Emerald’ Dove that struts around bejeweled, with her trademark emerald green under parts, accessorized with a black and grey banding on the back. The male of the species is not shy of flaunting his […]

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Emerald Dove, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 52 Comments »

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