The Pirate with the White Eye-patch!
29 / Jun / 2016
Photographed by Sudhir Shivaram

If you were a convoy of industrious insects going about your lawful business in the leafy channels of Coorg, you’d do well to keep a lookout. For, flying the Jolly Roger in these parts, are roving bands of the Oriental White-eye, avian pirates that descend on the unwary and decamp with their lives. In the […]

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Oriental White-eye, Coorg | Posted in Birds | No Comments »

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 Phantom Flautist of Coorg
13 / Jan / 2016
Photographed by Dr. Bishan Monnappa

Imagine you’re out on a leisurely walk in Coorg and suddenly you hear the melodious strain of a flute wafting out of the woods. You wonder if it is some local minstrel, wandering, like a wood sprite, in the trees, or a modern day Krishna invisibly serenading his Gopikas… or if there is some precocious […]

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Indian Golden Oriole, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 10 Comments »

30 / Sep / 2015
Photographed by Samyak Kaninde

This is a tale about visual design in the natural world, and masterpieces created using proprietary Adobe technology. If you’re wide-eyed already, just hold your horses. This ‘Dreamweaver’ isn’t the popular web development tool, but a tech-savvy bird in Coorg, that goes by the name of Baya. The Baya Weaver is a master craftsman who […]

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Baya Weaver, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 7 Comments »

Man in Red
27 / Aug / 2015
Photographed by Dr. Bishan Monnappa

Our songs have always immortalised the ‘Lady in Red’, but in the animal kingdom, it’s the Lad in Red who never goes to an empty bed. Nowhere is it more true than in the hills and dales of Coorg, where a little male bird has captured a disproportionate share of female attention. It’s said that […]

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Red Avadavat, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 7 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 »

The Handsome Hermit of Coorg!
22 / Apr / 2015
Photographed by Dr. Bishan Monnappa

When you see someone dressed in a flamboyant waistcoat of crimson-pink, wearing brilliant blue eyeliner to match with the blue lipstick on their bill, you know there’s a party somewhere in the jungle, and this is a gregarious regular on the Page 3 circuit. So you hop across to say “Hello”, and this handsome hunk […]

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Malabar Trogon, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 6 Comments »

The Frog Prince: Ver 2.0
26 / Feb / 2015
Photographed by Dr. Bishan Monnappa

In a land where a lot of the natives trace their ancestry to the Macedonian armies of Alexander the Great, there exists one bashful prince whose very name bespeaks roots in an Emerald Isle much closer to home. The Sri Lankan Frogmouth, so called because of his wide, gaping mouth that resembles a frog’s, is […]

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Sri Lankan Frogmouth, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 6 Comments »

The Case of the Lookalike Nymphet
7 / Jan / 2015
Photographed by Jose Ramapuram

If you’ve ever gazed at a pond in Coorg and gone “Look… what a beautiful Lotus…”, you may just have to eat your words. For, and forgive me all you Lotus lovers, if it’s a really gorgeous ‘Lotus’, chances are that it isn’t a Lotus at all. It’s most likely to be the much prettier […]

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Water Lily, Coorg | Posted in Flora | 13 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 »

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