The Shower Symphony
1 / Jun / 2011
Photographed by Sudhir Shivaram

Most of us have a hidden spark of musical genius, often experienced by select audiences who’re left mesmerised by our lyrical effusion. Let’s not dwell on the small issue of the audience count numbering just one. For, in the world of the bathroom singer, one doesn’t allow annoying things like reality to intrude. In the […]

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White-breasted Waterhen, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 9 Comments »

Crouching Lizard Flying Dragon
18 / May / 2011
Photographed by Ganesh H. Shankar

Not all blockbusters play to packed audiences. Nor do all heroes crave the spotlight. One of Coorg’s leading action stars features in incredible action sequences that would otherwise be considered flights of fancy, but doesn’t stay around for the applause. Like all great performers, he blends into his roles-and very often his surroundings-with such good […]

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Draco, Coorg | Posted in Reptiles | 10 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 Coorg Chat Room
20 / Apr / 2011
Photographed by Kiran Poonacha

While the Chateratti in the social networks swear by Facebook, MSN and Twitter, residents of Coorg have always known that theirs is the most colourful chat engine around. For, here you’ll find the avian world’s most talkative citizens and ‘live’ chat rooms behind every bush. The old dictum, ‘If speech is silver, silence is golden’, […]

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Rose-ringed Parakeet, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 21 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 Copycat of Coorg!
23 / Mar / 2011
Photographed by Ganesh H. Shankar

It’s said that if you wish to attain any degree of proficiency in a field, you should begin early. Nobody follows this dictum better than the subject of this issue, whose career as a mimicry artist begins from early childhood. What looks to be a bird’s dropping on a leaf, is often a Common Mormon […]

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Common Mormon Caterpillar, Coorg | Posted in Insects | 10 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 »

It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…
27 / Jan / 2011
Photographed by Amoghavarsha

It’s Superfrog! If you’d like to catch the latest blockbuster featuring an amphibious superhero, do book a ticket to the daily evening show at Coorg…where you will be entertained by a regional action flick full of romance, death-defying leaps and action sequences, and the inevitable song and rain-dance routine. Welcome to the world of the […]

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Malabar Gliding Frog, Coorg | Posted in Amphibians | 10 Comments »

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