The Kabini Waste Disposal Corporation
19 / Oct / 2011
Photographed by Sudhir Shivaram

In the grasslands of Kabini, which boast some of the world’s largest concentration of herbivores and their predators, the one constant of life…is death. Here, where the various roles in the food chain are played out unerringly on a daily basis, the consequence of such a well stocked larder is a large proportion of leftovers. […]

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Long-billed Vulture, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 9 Comments »

The Family Tree
7 / Sep / 2011
Photographed by Vikram Huilgol

Brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, cousins; you’ll find every branch of the Leopard family living, quite literally, on a branch…totally at home in a comfy tree-house in Kabini. But that isn’t the only reason why leopards tower above the rest in the big cat stakes. They are considered the most complete cats as they are adaptive […]

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Leopard, Kabini | Posted in Mammals | 481 Comments »

United Colours of Kabini
10 / Aug / 2011
Photographed by Amoghavarsha

We all know of people who’ve been called, not very flatteringly, as chameleons. We tend to find a lot of such specimens populating the portals of Indian polity, and their ability to change colour is legendary; predicated, as it is, to the political power equations at the moment. Surprisingly though, the Chameleon himself has very […]

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Indian Chameleon, Kabini | Posted in Reptiles | 18 Comments »

Farmer’s Friend
13 / Jul / 2011
Photographed by Kiran Poonacha

He’s the common Joe of Indian reptilia, and is spotted more often than most snakes, without being as unwelcome a presence. Unless you were a country cousin of Mickey and Minnie’s, in which case, you went around on your furry, furtive way hoping not to meet this mugger up a dark alley. For, the Rat […]

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Rat Snake, Kabini | Posted in Reptiles | 22 Comments »

The Exiled Prince
15 / Jun / 2011
Photographed by Ganesh H. Shankar

History is replete with tales of legendary heroes going into exile, and returning after conquering the odds, to reclaim their rightful place. In the Hindu epic, The Ramayana, the young Prince Rama had to undergo a fourteen year exile before he was considered ready to claim his throne. While Rama spent his years in the […]

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Cicada, Kabini | Posted in Insects | 15 Comments »

Sambar for the Carnivorous Soul
4 / May / 2011
Photographed by Sudhir Shivaram

Tigers must definitely have South Indian sensibilities. For, their favourite meal is the Sambar, a staple of every self-respecting South Indian kitchen. But while the original Sambar is a soupy lentil concoction, the dish featured here is a large serving of meat on the hoof. The Sambar, featured above, definitely boasts more Deer per Deer, […]

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Sambar Deer, Kabini | Posted in Mammals | 6 Comments »

The Drama Queen of Kabini
6 / Apr / 2011
Photographed by Dr. Ajit Huilgol

What do you call someone who announces her presence with the sweetest melodies, and then underlines her arrival on the scene with a drum-roll of percussive rattles and appreciative whistles? Ornithologists call her the Yellow-eyed Babbler, but we suspect she prefers to be known as the ‘Diva’. As we shall see, this diminutive bird’s behaviour […]

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Yellow-eyed Babbler, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 9 Comments »

The Siberian Airways Frequent Flyer Program
9 / Mar / 2011
Photographed by Kiran Poonacha

If you thought you were a globe-trotter, and that life was what happened between connecting flights, do consider the competition. What you see in the picture is a serene duck contemplating timelessness on the placid waters of the Kabini. What you don’t see is the sheer distance he’s travelled to get here. The Northern Pintail […]

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Northern Pintail, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 15 Comments »

Not a ‘Merchant’ Ivory Production
23 / Feb / 2011
Photographed by Dr. Sameer Rao

For centuries, elephants have been seen merely as mobile ivory holders: temporary guardians, as it were, of the world’s most sought after merchandise. The unscrupulous trade in ivory had contributed greatly to the depredation of elephant numbers. Today, conservational activism and legislation have significantly reduced poaching, and the magnificent specimen that we see in this […]

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Asiatic Bull Elephant, Kabini | Posted in Mammals | 10 Comments »

The Shy Maiden of Kabini
9 / Feb / 2011
Photographed by Ganesh H. Shankar

We all know about the Mimosa. Every one of us has grown up knowing at least one at high school, often of the opposite sex, who’d shrink from all contact and withdraw deep within themselves when approached. While in the case of this writer, the reaction to him was commonplace till he discovered the existence […]

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Touch Me Not (Mimosa Pudica), Kabini | Posted in Flora | 19 Comments »

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