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 »

And the ‘Best Actor Award’ Goes To…
12 / Jun / 2014
Photographed by Ganesh H. Shankar

“A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma…” Churchill’s famous words may well have been said of the Checkered Keelback at the Oscars presentation ceremony, for this serpent is the ultimate thespian, playing multiple roles with effortless ease. Like the best ‘method actors’, Mr. Keelback must have studied his objects of inspiration intensely so […]

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Checkered Keelback, Coorg | Posted in Reptiles | 6 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 »

Spot the Fawn in the Picture!
2 / Apr / 2014
Photographed by Sudhir Shivaram

Now you see him; now you don’t! He may be barely a few weeks old, and look as cute as a button, but that’s only when you manage to spot him (please don’t tell us he was born ‘spotted’; we’ve only heard that one 13774 times). For, the young Fawn is a champion hide-n-seeker. Of […]

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Fawn, Kabini | Posted in Mammals | 4 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 »

The Vice Owl!
5 / Feb / 2014
Photographed by Kiran Poonacha

We have all grown up on a diet of stories about the animal kingdom, where each denizen is anointed with a descriptive tag that’s added a filter through which it has always been viewed. So, we have had the ‘greedy’ pig, the ‘cunning’ fox, the ‘majestic’ lion… all immortalized through the good offices of comicdom. […]

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Indian Eagle Owl, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 12 Comments »

Oh My Gaur!
8 / Jan / 2014
Photographed by Kalyan Varma

It’s a cow… it’s a battle-tank… it’s Supercow! It has powers other cows don’t, and is from a hidden world beginning with ‘K’. Presenting the world’s largest, strongest specimen of wild cattle, the superhero of Kabini, the ‘Gaur’! Clad in all black, with white stockings and a black dewlap-cape hanging between his forelegs, and a […]

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Gaur, Kabini | Posted in Mammals | 6 Comments »

The grass is greener on the other bank
31 / Oct / 2013
Photographed by Dr. Bishan Monnappa

We’ve all known those perennially unsatisfied people who complain about everything, reminding us of the saying, ‘the grass is always greener on the other side’. In Coorg however, the saying takes on quite a literal perspective. Here, in the mystic hills, lives a bird that has given rise to many legends – the Greater Coucal, […]

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Greater Coucal, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 1 Comment »

The Tiger that Plays Possum!
4 / Oct / 2013
Photographed by Isaac Kehimkar

While visitors to the forests of Kabini are always advised to keep an eye out for a tiger lurking in the underbrush, not all tigers in the area are big cats slinking past on a predatory evening prowl. There are also tiny little ones who don’t just eschew the dark, but go out of their […]

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Plain Tiger Butterfly, Kabini | Posted in Insects | 8 Comments »

The Kabini Armoured Corps!
22 / Aug / 2013
Photographed by Dr. Ajit Huilgol

Gone are the days of Sir Lancelot, Sir Galahad and other knights in shining armour. When you think of armour today, the mind can’t go beyond those mainstays of modern armies: Main Battle Tanks! Think WW2, and you think of Panzers steam-rolling Europe; names like Sherman, Patton, Tiger and Centurion roll off the tongue with […]

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Pangolin, Kabini | Posted in Mammals | 5 Comments »

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