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 Femme Fatale of Coorg!
24 / Jan / 2013
Photographed by Jose Ramapuram

While the women of Coorg have long been lauded for their beauty and grace, there’s one local lass whose petite visage disguises a fiery personality. Meet Kanthari, or the ‘dangerous lady’, whose writ runs across the hills and dales of Coorg, and makes even grown men quail. One of the spiciest chillies in the world, […]

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Bird's eye chilli, Coorg | Posted in Plantation | 6 Comments »

Home Tailoring In Coorg!
10 / Jan / 2013
Photographed by Dr. Bishan Monnappa

Tailors stitch clothes. Or that’s what we’ve always believed. In Coorg, however, they sew, rivet and stitch ready-to-occupy homes. There is an entire community of seamstresses in this neck of the woods, who give ‘tailor-made’ homes a whole new meaning, creating plush, bespoke dwellings that are a far cry from the assembly line apartments that […]

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Common Tailorbird, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 5 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 »

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 »

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