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) […]


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 […]


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 […]