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 Kabini Protection Racket!
21 / May / 2015
Photographed by Samyak Kaninde

We’ve all grown up on stories of the Mafia and how most businessmen need to shell out ‘Protection Money’ to carry on with their lives and businesses. In a Kabini, teeming with predatory gangs, there is one set of precocious toddlers who begin this practise early. The Red Pierrot of Kabini is a case in […]

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Red Pierrot, Kabini | Posted in Insects | 15 Comments »

Mugger Alert!
26 / Nov / 2014
Photographed by Ganesh H. Shankar

If you’re a feathered visitor to a swampy marsh, you’d do well to think twice before alighting on a conveniently placed branch in the middle of the water. The temptation – especially if its nesting season – to grab twigs and branches sticking out of the water, could lead you to being mugged, with fatal […]

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Mugger Crocodile, Kabini | Posted in Reptiles | 2 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 »

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 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 »

Horn OK Please!
31 / Jul / 2013
Photographed by Sanket Reddy

For those of us brought up on a literary repast of captions adorning signboards and those quirky lines on the backs of trucks that own our highways, the title of this story will bring about a strong sense of déjà vu. As it will, for our naturalist cousins in Kaziranga, home to the great Indian […]

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Rhinoceros Beetle, Kabini | Posted in Insects | 9 Comments »

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