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Can scratching look cute?

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Nov 12 2013






    You think NO!! Take a look at the following series… (Click on any of the images to view them large. Navigate using the buttons below the image.)     I repeat the question again – Can scratching look cute? 🙂     Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) The bird pictured in this series is a Common Kestrel. I came across this bird at Tal Chapar in October this year. Common Kestrels are winter visitors to large parts of India, with some breeding populations in Himalayas and Western Ghats. They are birds of open areas, preferring places like grasslands and shrublands. […]






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Target acquired…locked…and…

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Nov 08 2013






    It is always the element of surprise that makes wildlife photography thrilling. Like this sequence of a Montagu’s Harrier trying to find breakfast on a warm October morning at Tal Chapar. Can you guess how long this whole sequence would’ve lasted?   Harriers are winter migrants to the Indian subcontinent and are among the most graceful birds in a grassland. These birds of prey can be seen gliding gently a few metres above the ground scanning for prey. They are, in fact, so slow at times that it seems they would land on the ground soon. When they […]






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Photography Technique – Laggar Falcon on the Ground

Oct 30 2013






      On my last morning at Tal Chapar this month, I came across a juvenile Laggar Falcon on the ground.   A few photographs later, I started wondering if I could better this image. What else could I have done? Read on…   No doubt, the direction of light was perfectly illuminating the Falcon. However, the angle was bothering me. I’d been clicking from the car window and was photographing the bird from the top. Not following the “holy grail” of wildlife photography – Eye-Level.   Since the others in the vehicle wanted to stay put, I decided […]






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Stripe-necked Mongoose with Water Bottle

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Oct 28 2013






    On our rainy morning safari in Bandipur, we came across a Stripe-necked Mongoose very close to the safari track. Unmindful of our presence, it was moving around busily looking for a quick morsel. It came across this plastic water bottle lying in the grass. And it took to it as a kid takes to a new toy. The mongoose cuddled with the bottle and rolled around for a few minutes.   What explains this behavior? Probably, as our naturalist said, the mongoose was looking to relieve an itch. Seemingly satisfied, the mongoose moved ahead and climbed a nearby rock […]






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A Rainy Morning in Bandipur

Oct 22 2013






      I spent 3 days at Bandipur over the past weekend. With weather oscillating between sunny and rainy, it was an interesting trip. Having seen Sloth Bears, a Bengal Tiger and a few Indian Elephants over the first 2 days, I was looking forward to the last safari. With heavy rains in the night and a very cloudy (and chilly) morning, imminent rain threatened our safari plans. Didn’t realize that the raindrops would start very soon into the safari. As the light drizzle went on and on (almost till the safari ended), it also gifted us some lovely photography opportunities.   […]






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Photographing Jumping Blackbucks – Ethics

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Oct 21 2013






      My last post on The Leaping Blackbucks of Tal Chapar posed a dilemma for me. As beautiful as running/jumping Blackbuck images look, there is always the worrisome aspect of provoking and chasing the animals to get the photograph.   Why is this worrisome? Blackbucks are animals of the grassland. Most of the places that they are found in receive very little rain (with total annual rainfall not exceeding a couple of days of rain in our metros). And, as we all know very well, running and jumping is really tiresome. With scarce food and water, the very survival of […]






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The leaping Blackbucks of Tal Chapar

Oct 17 2013






      In so many visits to Tal Chapar, I’ve been rather partial to the feathered bipeds (read Birds) over the ubiquitous horned quadrupeds (read Blackbucks) that stroll this beautiful grassland. May be their sheer numbers in the park lulls one into forgetting the fact that they are declining everywhere else. So it was decided – this time around I would give more attention to these graceful antelopes. The first morning at Tal Chapar was very cloudy, a possible hangover from the late rains this year. Some parts of the park were still unmotorable. Seeing some Kestrels (small falcons) […]






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Net-casting Spider

Jun 04 2013






      In April this year, on a night walk near Agumbe, we came across this spider.   It looked very different from what I’d seen before. Also, the web caught my attention and I photographed it from a couple of different angles to try and capture the essence.   After I got back, the photograph was safely backed up in my hard drives along with the rest of the images from the trip and life went on. Until, I was running through the trip photographs with a friend a month later. When he saw the image, he jumped […]






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Andaman Banded Dandy Laringa horsfieldii andamanensis

Mar 18 2013






      Ever since I went to Andaman in Feb 2012, it has become very close to my heart. The lush green rainforests, the beautiful coasts and the rare and endemic wildlife that I’ve encountered there have fascinated me.   When I went back in late November-early December, I encountered fairly heavy rains every afternoon. On the morning of December 01, 2012, I went to Chidiya Tapu on a birding trail. It was an eventful morning as we encountered the rare (and endemic) Andaman Crake just a few feet away from us in the rainforest undergrowth.   As early […]






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