Pirate Spotted in Kabini!
20 / Mar / 2013
Photographed by Kiran Poonacha

How would you feel when you’ve spent a long time sussing out your prey, before successfully hunting it down, and flying home happily with the spoils, only to have doom strike down from the skies, cheating you of your hard-earned meal? You’d feel very much like the Black-shouldered Kite which lost out to a fellow […]

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Indian Spotted Eagle, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 6 Comments »

Momma’s Boy!
27 / Feb / 2013
Photographed by Ganesh H. Shankar

If we polled our fair women readers, chances are a high percentage will claim that men never grow up, and are metaphorically attached to their momma’s skirts. We men can take solace from the fact that we aren’t alone in this particular affliction. In Kabini, there exists a lad who’s the biggest baby of them […]

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Elephant Calf, Kabini | Posted in Mammals | 12 Comments »

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 »

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