It was my first safari into the beautiful forest of Nagarhole, and Mr. Venkatesh Kolappa, one of the best naturalists of Kabini, navigated our driver into the forest. Just as our vehicle crossed the check post, we were pulled back to a stop, and a female elephant gracefully emerged from the lantana thickets. Even as this majestic creature continued walking, jungle mynas perched fearlessly on it, to feed on any tiny insects present on the elephant’s back.Posted in Big Cat, Carnivore, Mammals, Nature, Predators, safari | No Comments
This is the jungle! Here life beats to the rhythms of nature. For the novice these are barely noticeable at first. Nature unfolds her secrets one page at a time. The secret to success is an ability to wait and watch. Reality is far different from the thrills of instant gratification available to the urban dweller through his TV screen.
Life in the jungle has its share of thrills and spills; however, these are punctuated with long intervals of calm. To truly understand the wild one needs to disconnect with the world of deadlines and reconnect to the world as god intended it to be.
One rainy evening at Orange County Resorts – Kabini, I along with 18 other wildlife enthusiasts commenced on our safari into the Nagarhole National Park. As we neared our destination, the incessant rain ceased to beat down upon us and we were gifted with a sliver of beautiful sunlight. Read morePosted in Big Cat, Carnivore, Nature, Predators, safari | No Comments
In the last 7 years of my field experience in Kabini, I have never seen a monsoon of this nature. It started to rain heavily as we were leaving. There were around 15 guests with me, and I could see a tinge of disappointment on their faces. Read morePosted in Elephants, Herbivores, Mammals, Nature, safari | No Comments
It was raining that morning. I was guiding 16 guests on the safari. As soon as we entered the forest, the rain stopped. I could then sense the strong stench of a carcasss. Hence I anticipated some predator movement near us. There are some spots where we obtained some fabulous sightings this season. Read morePosted in Uncategorized | No Comments
It’s monsoon time, and the jungle reflects this totally. The bushes are thick and fully grown . I was the guide on the morning drive in the National Park that day. We were lucky to sight a small herd of Elephants, Sambar and a sounder of Wild Pigs. Read morePosted in Big Cat, Carnivore, Mammals, Nature, Predators, safari | No Comments
One of my recent safaris by boat was really special, as I got a chance to sight a huge Mugger or the Marsh crocodile basking on the river bank very close to me. On this drive, we had sighted about five in total, but this one was least bothered by our presence. Read morePosted in Amphibians, Big Cat, Birds, Carnivore, Mammals, Nature, Predators, safari | No Comments
This is the onset season of the monsoons. On 10th June 2014, I took a vehicle safari with a group of 18 guests. For most of them, this was the first wildlife safari experience in the wild. We crossed the Karapura lodge situated on the opposite side of the river bank. Read morePosted in Big Cat, Carnivore, Mammals, Nature, Predators | No Comments