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‘Eagle on stilts’

‘Eagle on stilts’

This incredible ‘raptor with crane like legs’ is an amazing sight on the Savannah grasslands of Masai Mara! The Secretary bird is an extraordinary, long-legged raptor adapted to a terrestrial predatory lifestyle. These impressive birds are about 4 feet tall and can be seen gracefully striding the grasslands for their typical prey of mice, insects, lizards and snakes…sometimes small mammals like hares. It’s a black bird with a very distinctive appearance…a grey upper body, long legs with black leggings and a long pointed tail. It has big eyes, a powerful, curved eagle-like, beak and a bare orange face…with conspicuous quill…

‘War like’ the Martial Eagle!

‘War like’ the Martial Eagle!

The Martial Eagle (Polemaetus bellicosus) is a true master of the skies of Masai Mara! Every time i see one (which is a rare sighting…but i have been lucky every trip!), my heart skips a beat…so massive, impressive and handsome this Eagle is! With a wing span of up to 8.5 feet and adults weighing a massive 6.5 kilos, this raptor happens to be the largest Eagle in Africa! Length is between 78-86 cms…compare it with our Changeable Hawk Eagle’s 63-77 cms and you will get an idea of how massive the Martial is! This was my literally my last…

Masai Mara Diaries 2014

Masai Mara Diaries 2014

You do not have to see animals in the great Masai Mara! The landscapes are so magical that you will be mesmerised at the sheer beauty of this slice of nature…in the magical continent of Africa!! This is one of my favourite images of the wonderful three weeks i spent here this year…i call it ‘the Ostrich kingdom’. I consider myself so fortunate to get such an opportunity every year…and yet fall in love with the place, even more every time! Please click and enlarge there images to appreciate them more…. The openness of the grasslands and the blue skies…

The beauty of Pantanal !

The beauty of Pantanal !

Last month i was very fortunate to have visited the biggest wetland in the world in Brazil, the Pantanal ! Actually this wetland is in the tri-junction of three countries: Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay. Estimates of it’s size vary between an astounding 1,40,000 to 2,10,000 Sq Kms! In contrast the other best known wetland, the Okavango, extends to a maximum size of only 15,000 Sq kms! The Pantanal is a mosaic of many distinct habitat types apart from the wetlands….this includes forests, seasonally flooded grasslands and permanent lakes and rivers. Such varied habitats harbour a rich diversity of wildlife including…

Ostentatious Peacocks !!

Ostentatious Peacocks !!

One of the most extravagantly endowed birds in the World is almost common to our jungles! And because we see it often we tend to take it for granted! I feel this is a huge pity! The Peacock features regularly in most lists of top ten beautiful birds of the world! Summer is the most amazing time to watch Peacocks..and i never get tired of watching and admiring them! This beauty i saw on the banks of Kabini backwaters this March. He came up boldly to drink water from the river and i loved the way he lifted his tail…

Atmospheric in Bandipur!

Atmospheric in Bandipur!

 Summer Thunder Storm at Bandipur! The rain clouds were building up since noon…we were filming inside Bandipur last week…and something told us to get on top of Bollugudda to get a bird’s eye view..and our timing was just perfect! Just as we got there, the lightning and thunder peaked and we could see the clouds actually open up..and the rain approaching us…as the wind howled, it brought rain cascading down in sheets! The dry forest welcomed this summer rain..it was as if the parched earth and the rain clouds  conspired to bring relief to the wild animals and birds! This…

The Amazing Bhimgad Wildlife Sanctuary

The Amazing Bhimgad Wildlife Sanctuary

The Bhimgad Wildlife Sanctuary is a hidden gem of Karnataka’s biodiversity! Bhimgad offers a critical corridor between Dandeli-Anashi Tiger Reserve to its south and the recently declared Mhadei Tiger Reserve to its West in Goa. It also links up Dandeli-Anashi all the way to Radhanagiri Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra, potentially creating what is being called as the Greater Sahayadri Tiger Landscape…some 5000 Sq Kms in size! This is how critical Bhimgad is as a habitat and a corridor. One can spot the Mhadei River in the right hand corner of this picture (you can click on it to enlarge), which…

The Antarctic Convergence

The Antarctic Convergence

An immense breeding colony of Black-browed Albatrosses…all these thousands of birds and mammals feed off the food chain nurtured by the Antarctic Convergence. Map showing the Antarctic Convergence The key to understanding the impressive diversity of wildlife in Antarctica is the Antarctic Convergence, which is basically a line encircling the continent ( between 50° and 60° S), where the warm, more saline waters coming south from the tropics meet the cold, denser and mainly non-saline waters moving north from the Antarctic. These conflicting currents clash, converge and sink. The mixing waters provide a conducive environment for an abundance of plankton,…

Floating Gods of the Antarctic !!

Floating Gods of the Antarctic !!

What made the deepest impression in my mind and soul in Antarctica, the very edge of the world, are not the wonderful animals and birds i saw but the starkness and the raw beauty of the landscape…and the breathtaking spectacle of some truly magnificent Ice-Bergs!! These mighty creations of Mother Nature…crafted and sculpted by the raw power of the elements of Antarctica touched me and mesmerised me beyond words…i came back even more humble than before about the immense Beauty, Scale and Power of Mother Nature. Just gaze at these Gods of Antarctica and simply admire them…of course, you can…

Ursus maritimus !!

Ursus maritimus !!

I never dreamt that one day i would see Polar Bears !! The largest and the most powerful…and indeed one of the most beautiful predators on our Planet !! The land of these Bears in strikingly surreal…it simply numbs you…how can these animals live and survive in such a harsh environment? We saw this female with her two small Cubs from far away…and she was hurrying to keep some distance between herself and a marauding male Bear! This female was prowling the shores of an island searching for eggs of breeding Ducks…the closest we got to a Polar Bear…it was…

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