I was lecturing some kids of the Govt school in the Mangala village annexe Bandipur National Park as a part of an outreach programme organized by the cute little Dhole’s Den resort. When I asked the kids what kind of animals have they seen around the park they live, Elephants, Gaur, Leopard, Monkeys, Eagles, Deer, Sambar were common answers. None of them had seen a Tiger.
I had spent three days in the marvellous Bharatpur National Park, of Rajasthan and was driving towards the Jaipur airport one winter afternoon. From the window I spotted cranes at a distance and to my joy it was the Sarus! I saw how comfortable these cranes were from a farmer who was hardly 25 meters away from them and I got down from the car, pulled my long lens and started walking towards them like a hero.
Even the legendary Ram’s wife – Sita fell for the sheer beauty of the Golden Deer in the Ramayan which perhaps was the Spotted Deer that author Valmiki was referring to. How ever for frequent jungle visitors the spotted deer is almost an animal that is neglected and ignored unless it is giving out an “Alarm” call which ignites the hope of spotting a big cat perhaps.
I was diving in the spectacular dive sites of Campbell Shoal which lies towards the south east coast of the middle Andaman islands and north of the famed Havelock island. It was a pit-stop for us on our way to the “Barren Island”.
Imagine if you had a life like the Brown Bear. You eat 3-4 months a year and fatten up, you wander around for a couple of months, and you sleep for the rest of the year. By the way – no facebook and iphone!
Really cool and fascinating creatures – Turtles are always a treat to watch. Some of you who have seen them underwater will agree. The first ever turtles I came across was in the deserted Ekakula beach of the Bhitarkanika National Park, Orissa in February 2008. I was there hoping to see the Arribada (Or the mass turtle nesting) but all I witnessed that day on the beaches of Ekakula was turtles after turtles dead.