Friday, April 20, 2007

Mood of Kabini

To me this picture represents the mood of Kabini where so many of elephants get into water & have fun during summer. The river bank, during summer, is witness to countless species of herbivores and predators and innumerable birds.

More from Kabini

Some more of the postcards from Kabini.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Indian Rollers Mating

I wish if they'd chosen a better place with a cleaner background :) Shot at very low light and a cropped image.

Dead Calf & the Mourning elephant

The 2 month old calf unfortunately died last week at Kabini (apparently eating a poisonous fruit, reason yet to be confirmed). This was the mourning after the death. She wouldn't let anyone get close to the baby elephant. It was indeed a tragic emotional moment. When the forest dept folks came close to the baby to inspect the cause of the death, she charged them like crazy. The baby was cremated one day later.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Glimmer of Hope!

The summer is truly here and it's going to be a long wait till we see the monsoon rain. The Mavatur lake is totally dried up and the migrating birds are almost returned to their places! I saw the dried out lake bed and in between there was a new grass beginning grow and it's green. And that's to me is the glimmer of hope.

Mavatur lake!

I had heard so many good things about this lake (located 40kms from Bangalore towards Kanakpura), that I decided make a visit. Unfortunately I chose the wrong time. This time, Rakesh drove us (Rakesh, Dr. Manoj, myself & Murthy). The lake is completely dried out. The only saving grace for the day for me was this black drongo. I could observe it at close distance. I missed this landing shot for the 1st time when I tried it. However while returning I got lucky (I was prepared!) & got the shot that I needed.