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My first Snow Leopard!

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Mar 31 2017
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Dorje was visibly upset. “You’re late! I’d told you to be here by 9 o’clock. There were fresh tracks this morning. But now the animal has moved on.” Those words weren’t the easiest to hear that morning. But then, this was no other place. It was Kibber, a small village high in the Trans Himalayan region of Spiti Valley. Dorje was the Scanner – the person tracking a very elusive animal. And we were not talking about any other animal. It was the Grey Ghost of the mountains – the Snow Leopard. The first morning at 4300m altitude had not been the […]






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How well do you know wildlife in your backyard?

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Mar 22 2016
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A loud clicking drew my eyes away from my laptop. As I peered out of the window, a pair of wings swooped down on my railing and the clicking (of a Three-striped Palm Squirrel) stopped momentarily, only to start again a slight distance away. As I walked towards the window, I met the eyes of the mighty neighbourhood predator – the Shikra. Eager to feast on its hard-earned meal, the bird flew on to settle on my neighbour’s rooftop. Many of us have memories of huge flocks of sparrows around our houses. Chirping away continuously. Hopping all over the place in search […]






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Wildlife Photography – First steps to making a difference

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Mar 17 2016
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Wildlife Photography is addictive, isn’t it? From the very first photograph, there is a certain satisfaction of having captured a fleeting moment in time. And along with it is an urge to do better – improve one’s technique, photograph more wildlife, visit more places or even get a better shot than the one already taken. This passion, along with camera equipment becoming affordable and wilderness areas becoming more accessible (both in terms of reach and information), have made wildlife photography one of the fastest growing hobbies in India today.           Millions, if not billions, of photographs […]






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REWIND 2015 – My favourite photographs

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Jan 22 2016
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2015 has been a great year for me as a wildlife photographer. Lots of travel. Exciting experiences. New friends. In the process, I made some photographs that I am happy with. Most of my travel was to 3 places – Andaman & Nicobar, Ladakh and Agumbe. No wonder a majority of the images below are from these 3 places.   Waiting 4 years for that shot! It was in 2012 that we first came across this light house in a remote corner of Andaman. After a three and a half hour walk in the humid rainforests by the beach, all I wanted […]






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What’s that Squirrel-like animal?

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Aug 10 2015






…we heard soft squeaks from the tree above. Tracing the source of the sounds, we chanced upon a small squirrel-like animal running up and down different branches. I was dumbstruck as I didn’t recollect reading about squirrels in Nicobar. Could this be what I think it is?











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The World’s Smallest Eagle!

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Jul 30 2015






The few endemic birds of the Nicobar islands are very charismatic. And they were the biggest motivation for me to make the journey to the remote island of Great Nicobar in March this year. The world’s smallest eagle made the trip special!











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Another leaf?

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Apr 21 2015






At first glance, it seemed like a dry leaf. A bird had just landed in that area of the bush and had seemingly vanished. Searching for it had become a puzzle. A thorough search through the camera lens and – again – nothing. I thought to myself “There’s something clearly wrong. Let’s look at that bush again.” And there it was. In fact, the bird was the “dry leaf”! As I went around the path to get a better view, the Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis) stood almost motionless, orienting itself to face me all the time with its beak pointing upwards. Imitating a reed or […]






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An afternoon with Ravens

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Jan 22 2015






I was looking forward to a nice siesta after a good lunch. With the sun glaring down at 14500+ feet (the setting, incidentally, was Pangong Tso in Ladakh), that seemed to be a wise choice too. As I opened my tent flap, something flew into the campsite accompanied by loud, deep and gruff cawing. I’d been spooked by that call once before a few years ago and I knew I had to bring my camera out. The Northern Raven is the largest species of crow in the world. The bird is huge in size compared to the House Crow. It […]






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