The Kabini Talon Hunt
16 / Nov / 2011
Photographed by Dr. Ajit Huilgol

In this age of reality shows and talent hunts, there’s somebody who’ll fly away with all the honours if there was to be a test of cross-terrain adaptability for the animal kingdom. When it comes to hunting in the waters of the Kabini, the Osprey, or Fish Eagle, prefers to let his talons do his […]

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Osprey, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 14 Comments »

Coffee by the Meter!
2 / Nov / 2011
Photographed by Ganesh H Shankar

The measure of a good coffee in South India is often a function of the ‘lengths’ to which the coffee maker is prepared to go to mix his concoction. The man seen here, nonchalantly drawing a meter-long string of decoction and milk, from one arm to the other, is a minor celebrity of sorts in […]

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Meter Coffee, Coorg | Posted in Culture | 12 Comments »

The Kabini Waste Disposal Corporation
19 / Oct / 2011
Photographed by Sudhir Shivaram

In the grasslands of Kabini, which boast some of the world’s largest concentration of herbivores and their predators, the one constant of life…is death. Here, where the various roles in the food chain are played out unerringly on a daily basis, the consequence of such a well stocked larder is a large proportion of leftovers. […]

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Long-billed Vulture, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 9 Comments »

The Tuneful Thief of Coorg
5 / Oct / 2011
Photographed by Sudhir Shivaram

He’s small, cheerful, and is known to be a good singer, often humming a gentle tune under his breath as he goes about his business. What stands out, however, is the audience reaction to his songs, which varies from frustrated sighs, to strangulated oaths and the odd expletive tossed his way. For the paddy farmers […]

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Scaly-breasted Munia, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 13 Comments »

The Wolf’s Lair
21 / Sep / 2011
Photographed by Ganesh H. Shankar

Meet a very different kind of wolf. This isn’t the two-legged kind that whistles at bus-stops as curvy specimens of the opposite gender pass by. Nor does he make eyes at them, though that would be a bit of an overdose, considering he has eight eyes of varying sizes. And eight legs to beat a […]

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Grassland Funnel Web Spider, Coorg | Posted in Arachnids | 23 Comments »

The Family Tree
7 / Sep / 2011
Photographed by Vikram Huilgol

Brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, cousins; you’ll find every branch of the Leopard family living, quite literally, on a branch…totally at home in a comfy tree-house in Kabini. But that isn’t the only reason why leopards tower above the rest in the big cat stakes. They are considered the most complete cats as they are adaptive […]

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Leopard, Kabini | Posted in Mammals | 481 Comments »

Yet Another Fishermans Tale
24 / Aug / 2011
Photographed by Sudhir Shivaram

Most of us landlubbers, would love the idea of slipping into our trunks and plunging into a pristine pool as an appetite-building precursor to a sumptuous meal. Some of our neighbours, however, like the Common Kingfisher of Coorg, have the habit of dressing for dinner before taking the plunge. The smallest of his species found […]

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Common Kingfisher, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 14 Comments »

United Colours of Kabini
10 / Aug / 2011
Photographed by Amoghavarsha

We all know of people who’ve been called, not very flatteringly, as chameleons. We tend to find a lot of such specimens populating the portals of Indian polity, and their ability to change colour is legendary; predicated, as it is, to the political power equations at the moment. Surprisingly though, the Chameleon himself has very […]

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Indian Chameleon, Kabini | Posted in Reptiles | 18 Comments »

The Alarm Clock of Coorg
27 / Jul / 2011
Photographed by Dr. Bishan Monnappa

First we invite visitors to throw away their alarm clocks before coming to Coorg, so they could have a totally laid-back holiday. And then we go and provide them with our very own au naturale wake-up call that trills out unfailingly, at the crack of dawn, every day. This mellifluous two-note whistle has a special […]

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Indian Pitta, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 24 Comments »

Farmer’s Friend
13 / Jul / 2011
Photographed by Kiran Poonacha

He’s the common Joe of Indian reptilia, and is spotted more often than most snakes, without being as unwelcome a presence. Unless you were a country cousin of Mickey and Minnie’s, in which case, you went around on your furry, furtive way hoping not to meet this mugger up a dark alley. For, the Rat […]

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Rat Snake, Kabini | Posted in Reptiles | 22 Comments »

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