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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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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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Brahminy Kite – Juvenile

Aug 05 2012

Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) The Brahminy Kite (also known as Red-backed Sea-Eagle) is found along water bodies and coasts of peninsular India, South-east Asia and Australia. A medium-sized raptor, this bird is distinguished by its characteristic chestnut-brown plumage contrasted by white head and breast. The juvenile can be confused with a Black Kite due to very similar size and coloration. Two distinguishing characteristics – rounded tail (lack of forked tail) and a large white patch on the underwing – help differentiate in the field. This bird was photographed in Hesaraghatta, Bangalore on Feb 06, 2010.

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Black Kite

Aug 05 2012

Black Kite (Milvus migrans) The Black Kite is a very common raptor in India, often found around human habitation. They are easily distinguished by their forked tail and characteristic call. They tend to flock together and are often seen gliding and soaring on thermals. Larger raptors are often chased away by groups of Black Kites mobbing them. Two subspecies – M.m.govinda and M.m.lineatus (sometimes treated as a separate species – Black-eared Kite) – are seen in India. Photographed in Hesaraghatta, Bangalore on Feb 06, 2010.

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Pied Kingfisher

Aug 05 2012

Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) This is a widespread kingfisher across Asia and Africa, estimated to be the third most common kingfisher in the world (Source: Wikipedia). Distinguished by its black-and-white plumage, this kingfisher hunts by hovering over water or waiting on a overhanging branch looking for prey in the water. Once the prey is spotted, the bird dives into the water to hunt it. This bird was photographed in Ranganathittu (near Mysore, India) on Aug 14, 2010.

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