About Tern!
6 / Jun / 2013
Photographed by Dr. Bishan Monnappa

At the outset, we’d like to apologise for not having the will power to resist using this particular caption for this week’s story. It was just so deliciously tempting that we couldn’t help but dive right in to come up with the most obvious pun in the world! But hey…since this fortnight’s piece is ‘about […]

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River Tern, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 10 Comments »

The Painted Lady of Kabini
23 / May / 2013
Photographed by Jose Ramapuram

If you’ve ever stopped to smell the flowers in Kabini, chances are that you’d have made the acquaintance of a very pretty female member of the jungle glitterati. Flying at canopy level, this temptress invites you to look up, and gives you flashes of her undergarments that look like they’re straight out of a designer’s […]

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Common Jezebel, Kabini | Posted in Insects | 8 Comments »

A Bird in the Clock…
8 / May / 2013
Photographed by Kiran Poonacha

If you’re a Dunnock, Pipit or a Eurasian Reed Warbler, you could be excused for walking around with a slightly confused expression. We empathise with the Warbler mom who lovingly tends to her eggs, and watches proudly as they hatch only to have one of the hatchlings respond to her maternal entreaties with a ‘cuckoo’ […]

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Common Cuckoo, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 4 Comments »

Pirate Spotted in Kabini!
20 / Mar / 2013
Photographed by Kiran Poonacha

How would you feel when you’ve spent a long time sussing out your prey, before successfully hunting it down, and flying home happily with the spoils, only to have doom strike down from the skies, cheating you of your hard-earned meal? You’d feel very much like the Black-shouldered Kite which lost out to a fellow […]

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Indian Spotted Eagle, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 6 Comments »

Momma’s Boy!
27 / Feb / 2013
Photographed by Ganesh H. Shankar

If we polled our fair women readers, chances are a high percentage will claim that men never grow up, and are metaphorically attached to their momma’s skirts. We men can take solace from the fact that we aren’t alone in this particular affliction. In Kabini, there exists a lad who’s the biggest baby of them […]

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Elephant Calf, Kabini | Posted in Mammals | 12 Comments »

The Three Wise Men from the East!
13 / Feb / 2013
Photographed by Ganesh H. Shankar

Since antiquity, owls and owlets have fascinated mankind, and different societies have invested in them an almost mythical veneer of wisdom or, depending on their cultural moorings, a darker, more malignant intelligence. While the veneration of the ‘wise owl’ has its provenance in western culture in the legend of Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom […]

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Spotted Owlet, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 8 Comments »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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