Bonelli’s Eagle at a water-hole – Part 2

Oct 19 2012

    Continued from Part 1 of the story…   The Bonelli’s Eagle had settled down at the water-hole and seemed to be enjoying its place in the water.   From time to time, birds like House Crows (Corvus splendens) and Green Sandpipers (Tringa ochropus) would try to mob it to get it away from the water. After a few unsuccessful attempts, they too gave up. In a couple of instances, Green Sandpipers actually walked around nonchalantly in front of the Eagle.   Given that the Eagle was standing on one leg in water, it wouldn’t be able to get […]


Bonelli’s Eagle at a water-hole – Part 1

Oct 12 2012

    It started off just like another afternoon drive into the grasslands at Tal Chapar. Hoopoes and Eurasian Collared Doves were their usual busy selves – feeding, flying, preening. An occasional Harrier flew low over the grasslands looking for a potential snack.   We decided to check out the ponds within the park. The early October afternoon was still pretty warm and there was a chance of seeing some activity at the pond.  As we approached one of the ponds, we came across a Bonelli’s Eagle (Aquila fasciata) on the embankment.   After scrutinizing its surroundings, it  decided to […]


A morning with Laggar Falcons

Oct 08 2012

    My visits to Tal Chapar Wildlife Sanctuary in Rajasthan are always filled with exciting moments. From getting many many exciting lifers (seeing a bird for the first time – in birders’-tongue) to witnessing some breathtaking action and life’s wonders, it has been a dream destination for me. This time too, it was no different.   When I arrived at Tal Chapar in late September this year, it was a grassland transformed into a green carpet by the delayed monsoons. Tall green grass grew everywhere, except a few areas in the park. When I set out on my first morning […]


Photo of the Day: Eurasian Wryneck

Oct 07 2012

      Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla) Wrynecks are birds from the woodpecker family, with shorter beaks that are useful to feed on ants and other insects on plants, in decaying wood and on bare ground. They are winter visitors to the Indian subcontinent. On my recent trip to Tal Chapar, I encountered them very often on my drives into the sanctuary. This bird was photographed at Tal Chapar Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajasthan on Sep 29, 2012.


Western Reef Egrets – Opportunistic feeding

May 14 2012

    During my boat safari at Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary, we ventured out into the Bay of Bengal for a short while before heading back into the mangroves. The waters were very choppy and it was quite a roller-coaster ride. As the boat braved the waves, we could see small fish leaping out of the water to escape the boat. We came across a group of Western Reef Egrets (Egretta gularis). There were about 10-12 of them following our boat.   Very soon, it became apparent that they were around for a purpose other than curiosity. They were, in fact, hunting […]


Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary – Mangroves and ghost beaches

May 10 2012

    When I received an invitation to speak at the TEDx conference at Kakinada, I was secretly thrilled for another reason. I had been nurturing a desire to visit Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary near Kakinada for some time now. So I packed my bags and landed at Rajahmundry Airport a few days before the conference. Rajahmundry airport is the smallest that I have ever encountered. The arrival terminal is a single room (really tiny) and the baggage was brought into the room. It was as if I were transported back in time. Outside, the temperature was close to 40 degrees […]


Lynx Spiderlings

Nov 02 2011

A walk through the rainforest at night is an experience to cherish. The darkness around you, with the huge trees, creates a certain mystery. Drops of water falling from the canopy add their melody. So do the manifold crickets, frogs and other species that call this their home. A couple of days ago, the night trail at Agumbe held a more silent surprise. We came across a Lynx Spider (Oxyopes sp.) under some leaves. It was sitting on a white “hanging” that was attached to a web. Initially, it seemed that the spider had stumbled upon the prey of another […]