The Kabini Underwater Construction Company!
20 / Dec / 2012
Photographed by Jose Ramapuram

The Kabini Dam is often in the news, holding, as it does, the status of a gatekeeper of the economic fortunes of competing agrarian states. But, far below the swirling eddies of riverine politics, there is another, more pristine ecosystem at work. This is the world of miniature dams and tunnels, a world that exists […]

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Smooth-coated otter, Kabini | Posted in Mammals | 2 Comments »

Fisherman’s Friend!
29 / Nov / 2012
Photographed by Sudhir Shivaram

We all know how it is with fishermen and tall tales,and how the fish they caught last summer gets bigger and bigger with every retelling. So when you hunker down with some bubbly by the banks of the Kabini, and an old fisherman saunters up, fixes you with a beady eye, and tells you about […]

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Little Cormorant, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 3 Comments »

A Jungle Whodunit!
15 / Nov / 2012
Photographed by Kiran Poonacha

If you’re holidaying in Kabini, and have settled down on a hammock with your favourite murder mystery, the last thing you’re looking forward to, is someone trying to loudly second guess the name of the murderer. What’s more irritating than being subjected to a loud refrain of “did he do it…did he do it?” is […]

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Red-wattled Lapwing, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 2 Comments »

The Hummingbird with Nine Lives!
31 / Oct / 2012
Photographed by Santosh Saligram

He’s small. He’s hyperactive. He’s highly agile. And he spends most of his day high up on a tree. It is these qualities that have given the Rusty Spotted Cat of Kabini the label of ‘Hummingbird of the Cat Family’. The smallest known wild cat in the world, this beautiful little bundle of energy is […]

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Rusty-spotted cat, Kabini | Posted in Mammals | 4 Comments »

Cackler on the Roof!
10 / Oct / 2012
Photographed by Dr. Bishan Monnappa

If you’re humming to yourself, strolling through the coffee-scented backwoods of Coorg, and hear a maniacal laugh followed by some hysterical cackling, please don’t put your musical ambitions on hold. Far from being a reaction to your ability to hold a tune, it may just be the local busybody wagging his rather large nose in […]

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Malabar Grey Hornbill, Coorg | Posted in Birds | No Comments »

A Rose by any other name…
26 / Sep / 2012
Photographed by Sanket Reddy

For centuries, a rose has not just been a flower, but also a gallant substitute for words: the term sub-rosa (literally ‘under the rose’) means there’s more to the message than seems evident at first glance. When we receive red roses, we know someone loves us, and when we get a yellow bunch, we know […]

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Crimson Rose, Kabini | Posted in Insects | 12 Comments »

The great British naturalist, George Montagu, gave it his name. Can you give it a title?
12 / Sep / 2012
Photographed by Kiran Poonacha

War movie buffs and air force acolytes who know their Falcons from their Nighthawks will always have a soft spot for the Harrier. In today’s world of muscular, supersonic stealth fighters, the Harrier is a gracious throwback to the age of subsonic flight. Developed as a jump-jet capable of vertical take-offs, and able to operate […]

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Montagu's Harrier, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 206 Comments »

The Day of the Jackal
29 / Aug / 2012
Photographed by Sudhir Shivaram

Bibliophiles and cinema buffs have long known ‘The Jackal’ as a furtive killer whose presence is felt only after he’s gone, leaving in his wake, a dead body or two (the real Jackal, though, doesn’t believe in leaving dead bodies behind, as we shall see). One doesn’t know if, Carlos the Jackal, the most famously […]

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Jackal, Coorg | Posted in Mammals | 13 Comments »

The Hayabusa Ver 1.0!
8 / Aug / 2012
Photographed by Sanket Reddy

For all you bike aficionados, we don’t have to spell it out. The iconic Hayabusa is quite simply, the top dog in the superbike speed stakes. While the Busa has been around (ok, ok…we agree that at 200 mph, it doesn’t just sit ‘around’) since 1999, the original version has been racing for a small […]

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Peregrine Falcon, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 7 Comments »

Beware of Pickpockets!
25 / Jul / 2012
Photographed by Sudhir Shivaram

Remember those mug shots at police stations and public gatherings, warning us to watch out for malcontents? Remember how each portrait oozed criminal intent, and made you clutch your wallet as a reflex action and look closer at your neighbor? The mug shots at Kabini, however, feature a rather distinguished visage that bespeaks an impeccable […]

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Brahminy Kite,Kabini | Posted in Birds | 9 Comments »

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