A Lion in Fly’s Clothing
12 / Jan / 2011
Photographed by Ganesh H. Shankar

Did this miniature model of entomological royalty get its name because it’s the king of animals in its weight group? Or does the Antlion’s name owe more to its voracious predation of ants? The jury has been out for a while now, and while the debate doesn’t seem to suggest an early resolution, the rule […]

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Antlion, Coorg | Posted in Insects | 9 Comments »

Jungle Deodorant
29 / Dec / 2010
Photographed by Kalyan Varma

Deodorants come in some of the snazziest packages these days, though the one found in Kabini takes the cake for being the most eye-catching and innovative. The rare Slender Loris is nature’s own odor-buster, one that keeps the forest smelling fresh by consuming the most noxious and smelly insects. This being the case, it’s funny […]

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Slender Loris, Kabini | Posted in Mammals | 9 Comments »

The Case of the Bashful Giant
15 / Dec / 2010
Photographed by Jayanth Sharma

Amongst the largest of his species, this champion athlete of the treetops pulls off gravity-defying leaps of up to 6 meters that’d do a Bob Beamon proud. But you’ll never catch him advertising his prowess. Chances are that you’ll never ever see the Malabar Giant Squirrel, but will often hear him chattering away in the […]

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Malabar Giant Squirrel, Coorg | Posted in Mammals | 19 Comments »

The Hovercraft!
1 / Dec / 2010
Photographed by Kiran Poonacha

What would you consider the greatest virtue of a species whose very name conjures up visions of high speed diving attacks? Certainly not motionlessness, but that’s exactly what makes the Kestrel stand apart from all other raptors. If you’ve been to Kabini between October and March, you might have spotted a brown robed, smaller version […]

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Common Kestrel, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 29 Comments »

A Conversation with God
17 / Nov / 2010
Photographed by Ganesh H. Shankar

When you wish to speak to a god, you need a language so elevated, it beseeches Him to listen. For the Kurubas, followers of the Hindu god Shiva and the original tribal inhabitants of Kabini, there can only be one medium of communication: dance! Shiva is the cosmic dancer of the Hindu pantheon, and while […]

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Kuruba Dance, Kabini | Posted in Culture | 11 Comments »

The Death of a Queen
3 / Nov / 2010
Photographed by Kalyan Varma

The Queen is dead; long live the Queen! This could well be the leitmotif of a parallel universe that exists in the microscopic underworld of Coorg. Shades of regicide can be seen in the image above, where a worker ant is attempting to murder the Queen just as she’s emerged after a successful mating. Welcome […]

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Jumping Ants, Coorg | Posted in Insects | 13 Comments »

Britney Spears? So does the Darter!
20 / Oct / 2010
Photographed by Jayanth Sharma

Out in the jungles of Kabini, there exists a rock star like no other, a phenomenally successful performer who doesn’t believe in casting a wide net, but in transfixing his audience on the tip of his spear. Meet the Darter, Kabini’s spearman par compare, and discover how he captures the imagination (and his supper) with […]

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Darter, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 11 Comments »

The Land of the Flying Sun
6 / Oct / 2010
Photographed by Dr. Bishan Monnappa

Coorg is famed for the profusion of its plant life; a patchwork quilt of green, embossed with gorgeous floral patterns. Adding to this thing of beauty is a little ray of dappled sunshine that periodically flits in to embellish this tapestry by hovering over the flowers, almost as if holding a pose for posterity. Meet […]

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Loten's Sunbird, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 9 Comments »

The Kabini Philharmonic
22 / Sep / 2010
Photographed by Giri Cavale

Imagine a full scale orchestra playing in the middle of the jungle. Imagine discovering that the composer also happens to be all the musicians and instruments rolled into one. Such aural virtuosity is the sole preserve of one of Kabini’s most recognizable citizens: the Sloth Bear. If you choose to read between the notes, you’ll […]

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Sloth Bear, Kabini | Posted in Mammals | 8 Comments »

The Grumble in the Jungle
8 / Sep / 2010
Photographed by Dr. Ajit Huilgol

It’s early morning in Coorg and you’re sitting back, eyes closed, enjoying a steaming mug of Sidapur coffee, when you hear a scratchy Ku-kayak-kyuk-kyuk sound interrupted by a familiar click, followed by a torrent of unprintable language. Chances are the former sound was a Grey Jungle Fowl pottering about for food, and the latter, a […]

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Grey Junglefowl, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 14 Comments »

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