The grass is greener on the other bank
31 / Oct / 2013
Photographed by Dr. Bishan Monnappa

We’ve all known those perennially unsatisfied people who complain about everything, reminding us of the saying, ‘the grass is always greener on the other side’. In Coorg however, the saying takes on quite a literal perspective. Here, in the mystic hills, lives a bird that has given rise to many legends – the Greater Coucal, […]

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Greater Coucal, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 1 Comment »

The Tiger that Plays Possum!
4 / Oct / 2013
Photographed by Isaac Kehimkar

While visitors to the forests of Kabini are always advised to keep an eye out for a tiger lurking in the underbrush, not all tigers in the area are big cats slinking past on a predatory evening prowl. There are also tiny little ones who don’t just eschew the dark, but go out of their […]

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Plain Tiger Butterfly, Kabini | Posted in Insects | 8 Comments »

The Kabini Armoured Corps!
22 / Aug / 2013
Photographed by Dr. Ajit Huilgol

Gone are the days of Sir Lancelot, Sir Galahad and other knights in shining armour. When you think of armour today, the mind can’t go beyond those mainstays of modern armies: Main Battle Tanks! Think WW2, and you think of Panzers steam-rolling Europe; names like Sherman, Patton, Tiger and Centurion roll off the tongue with […]

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Pangolin, Kabini | Posted in Mammals | 5 Comments »

Horn OK Please!
31 / Jul / 2013
Photographed by Sanket Reddy

For those of us brought up on a literary repast of captions adorning signboards and those quirky lines on the backs of trucks that own our highways, the title of this story will bring about a strong sense of déjà vu. As it will, for our naturalist cousins in Kaziranga, home to the great Indian […]

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Rhinoceros Beetle, Kabini | Posted in Insects | 9 Comments »

Woman on Top!
3 / Jul / 2013
Photographed by Dr. Bishan Monnappa

If some of our male readers had the chance to become someone else and live that person’s life, we wouldn’t be surprised if they chose to bypass obvious culprits like ‘the world’s richest man’, and instead chose an Arab sheikh or emir with a harem of wives at his beck and call. Now if we […]

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Bronze-winged Jacana, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 10 Comments »

About Tern!
6 / Jun / 2013
Photographed by Dr. Bishan Monnappa

At the outset, we’d like to apologise for not having the will power to resist using this particular caption for this week’s story. It was just so deliciously tempting that we couldn’t help but dive right in to come up with the most obvious pun in the world! But hey…since this fortnight’s piece is ‘about […]

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River Tern, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 10 Comments »

The Painted Lady of Kabini
23 / May / 2013
Photographed by Jose Ramapuram

If you’ve ever stopped to smell the flowers in Kabini, chances are that you’d have made the acquaintance of a very pretty female member of the jungle glitterati. Flying at canopy level, this temptress invites you to look up, and gives you flashes of her undergarments that look like they’re straight out of a designer’s […]

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Common Jezebel, Kabini | Posted in Insects | 8 Comments »

A Bird in the Clock…
8 / May / 2013
Photographed by Kiran Poonacha

If you’re a Dunnock, Pipit or a Eurasian Reed Warbler, you could be excused for walking around with a slightly confused expression. We empathise with the Warbler mom who lovingly tends to her eggs, and watches proudly as they hatch only to have one of the hatchlings respond to her maternal entreaties with a ‘cuckoo’ […]

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Common Cuckoo, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 4 Comments »

History Channel
18 / Apr / 2013
Photographed by Dr. Bishan Monnappa

There are paintings and sculptures on the one hand, and books and poems on the other, that have captured the epochal moments of recorded history or mythology and rendered them into timeless epics. Throughout the age of man, the records of our times have been kept on stone tablets, rock faces, papyrus, parchment and the […]

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Passion Flower, Coorg | Posted in Flora | 11 Comments »

Tea for Two @ Coorg!
3 / Apr / 2013
Photographed by Kiran Poonacha

We’ve all heard of the legendary hospitality of Coorg, and how the denizens readily share their table and cellar with any chance visitor. So, it won’t come as a complete surprise if you’re accosted in the woods with a whistled invitation to ‘tea for two’ even if, normally, coffee is the cup that cheers in […]

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Pied Bush Chat, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 9 Comments »

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