Smelling the Leaves

  After experiencing the sensational sighting described here, you would be perfectly vindicated in terming us avaricious if we asked for more supplies of the pleasure. But Bandhavgarh has a habit of treating the visitor to grand and sensational climaxes.   Driving towards the park gate briskly so we may exit on time and avoid…

When a Tiger Walks…

It was our last ride of the trip and we had barely seen a chital that evening. Not to slight the herbivores with their lovely spotted coats, with the male of the species sporting superb head-gear in the form of magnificent antlers and the female, when not emitting her strident, high-pitched alarm, displaying a grace…

A Morning at a Lake

In January 2006, Scotchie and I participated in our first tiger census in Bandipura Tiger Reserve, a park I consider almost natal for the deep sense of attachment I feel for it.  There are prettier parks and there are larger ones, but for me there is none like Bandipura, where the heart throbs to the rhythm…

The Dark Side of Sandy Piper

  Sandy Piper, to my knowledge, is unrelated to the Pied Piper, although she too has the power to attract a great following. But more than her leadership, it is her changeableness that she counts as her inherent strength at job interviews. By default she is built to moderate proportions, but on frosty mornings she…

Seeing Stephanie Owletti

Stephanie Owletti is not a creature of the crepuscule. Not for her these six-to-six shifts those bleached egrets serve so diligently. Her strident calls cut through the night chill as she shuttles from one open post to another, emitting a “keech keech keech” when most other avian brethren are getting their forty winks cosied up…

Mama’s Boy – Solitary or Social?

The Kachida male cub is a part of a litter that exhibited compellingly intriguing behaviour in the summer of 2008. Aditya Singh of the Ranthambhore Bagh reports that this litter of two and a half years had split from their mother last winter but lack of wide-spread availability of water and other essentials in the…

The Path Ahead

The path that beckons Abounds with patches of darkness and light And threatens to mire you In a bog unreckoned. But you stride forward with conviction and might May your heart with knowledge brook That the darkness will protect you; And the light will give you the power to protect.

The Real ‘Eveready’

  One of the myriad things that fascinate me about cats is their innate ability to spring into action virtually at any time, and this is as true of tigers as it is of any cat. So much so that if tigers were cameras, their turn-on time and shutter-lag would have been lesser than in…