A Cow in Goat’s Clothing
16 / Dec / 2009
Photographed by Shivu K

You are looking at a picture of Kabini’s most prized cows. Now, now…hold your horses! Before you think we’ve been grazing on a different kind of ‘grass’, allow us to clarify. Goats, in much of rural India, are considered the ‘poor man’s cow’, and Kabini is no exception to this belief. A herd of just […]

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Goats, Kabini | Posted in Mammals | 32 Comments »

2 / Dec / 2009
Photographed by Ganesh H. Shanker

If the marketing whiz kids at those multinational companies could just brand and sell them, the Small Pratincoles of Kabini would probably be their No.1 bestsellers, at least with harassed housewives looking for deliverance from termites and bugs. These grey little shore birds are perhaps the most efficient insect hunters around, and are so confident […]

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Small Pratincole, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 11 Comments »

For your eyes only!
18 / Nov / 2009
Photographed by Vijay Rao

Very few people have seen this sleek, green beauty up close. Those who do manage it haven’t seen her again. Or seen again, if one were to go by a popular myth in southern India. For the green vine snake is reckoned to strike you blind with her arrow-like head if you poke your nose, […]

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Green Vine Snake, Coorg | Posted in Reptiles | 25 Comments »

The Case of the Dog that didn’t bark
4 / Nov / 2009
Photographed by Jayanth Sharma

It could be an affirmation of the old adage that barking dogs never bite, for the Dhole, or wild dogs of Kabini, are examples of the converse being true, and are never known to bark. But then, why would one want to bark when you have over five caller tunes to stay in touch? The […]

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Dhole, Kabini | Posted in Mammals | 20 Comments »

Gone with the Wind
21 / Oct / 2009
Photographed by Shivu K

How does one tell the men from the boys? The good from the bad? The villains from the heroes? Simple! A Coorg paddy farmer would tell you to just get them all together, and give them a good thrashing (or ‘threshing’ as the politically correct term goes). This will cause the straw to stalk off, […]

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Winnowing, Coorg | Posted in Plantation | 42 Comments »

The Chameleon that ate a Deer
8 / Oct / 2009
Photographed by Giri Cavale

A leopard can’t change colour. Period. And we’ve always been told he can’t change his spots. Yet he qualifies as the Chameleon of the Big Cat family. The reason isn’t hard to see…he is! Trying to spot a leopard, when he doesn’t want to be seen, is like looking for one particular needle in a […]

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Leopard, Kabini | Posted in Mammals | 37 Comments »

Workaholics Anonymous
30 / Sep / 2009
Photographed by Amoghavarsha

All work and no play makes Jill a good bee. And a ‘live’ bee. For it’s not unknown for the hive bosses, to knock off Worker Bees suspected to be sleeping on the job. No sir… it just won’t do. There’s a lot of work to be done. Hives to be built, honey to be […]

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Worker Bee, Coorg | Posted in Insects | 19 Comments »

Honey, I shrunk the bird!
23 / Sep / 2009
Photographed by Ganesh H. Shankar

He’s small. Very small. But, size apart, there’s nothing little about this plover. This low flying sentinel of the wetlands is a lot of bird in a small frame, with a large bag of tricks up his sleeve. Consider, for starters, the patented ‘Broken Wing Feint’. When danger threatens his nest, he pretends to have […]

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Little Ringed Plover, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 21 Comments »

A spouse is nice, but some spice is better
16 / Sep / 2009
Photographed by Salim Pushpanath

If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, the way to his stomach has, for millennia, been a closely guarded secret. Throughout history, men and women who’ve sought to put the spice back in their lives, have depended on one rare ingredient. Pepper, that pungent and precious berry from the treasure chests […]

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Pepper, Coorg | Posted in Plantation | 13 Comments »

Why did the Elephant go to the dentist?
9 / Sep / 2009
Photographed by Jayanth Sharma

Because he wanted a new set of teeth. Because he was a Makhna, and didn’t have those gleaming dental showpieces that his more favoured cousin, the Tusker, flaunted with such panache. And, living as he did, in a biosphere with the largest concentration of Asiatic elephants in the world, the comparisons loomed large and with […]

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Makhna, Kabini | Posted in Mammals | 20 Comments »

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