Rare Raptors in Kanha !

Rare Raptors in Kanha !

The truly magnificent Mountain Hawk Eagle (Spizaetus nipalensis) was sighted by us on the 24rth of Jan..soaring overhead at a small meadow called Belkundri. This Eagle was never a confirmed sighting till now and i think nobody ever photographed it in Kanha. It was a treat to watch this big and beautiful Eagle with such broad wings, soar over us and i was so fortunate to have photographed it! In fact, we could not exactly identify the bird..raptors are such a challenge! But an expert, Praveen, who came two days later could identify and confirm it from my photograph! Another…

Tetracerus quadricornis

Tetracerus quadricornis

This is an unique antelope whose scientific name fascinates me..it means ‘four horned four horn’!(Tetra=four,keras=horn in Greek and quadri=four,cornu=horn in Latin!) Known as Chousingha in Hindi,it is a very shy animal and i was waiting to see it in Kanha for years! My chance came at last..last week..on the plateau of Bamhni Dadar,where the Park management had burnt grass as a preventive fire-fighting maesure..and the fresh flush of green shoots attracted these shy animals out. Some of my colleagues had seen a few and alerted me..two trips up to the plateau and i saw one male..and got this picture from…

Beautiful Jungle Cat !

Beautiful Jungle Cat !

Look at this Beautiful Jungle Cat (‘Felis chaus’), sitting so calmly and gazing at us..one recent evening on a little used road of Kanha. We had seen it from some distance and stopped immediately and killed the engine..waited for the Cat to get comfortable before creeping up to get this picture! In the lovely evening light it’s coat was glowing and it kept gazing at us for a long time. Look at it’s ringed tail, markings on the upper-legs and it’s pointed, black-tipped ears..the hall-mark features of a Jungle Cat! I simply love to observe these shy, lesser Cats and…

Peacock in courtship mood

Peacock in courtship mood

Some early bird Peacocks have already developed their full courtship plumage and i caught this enthusiatic male probably rehearsing for the coming season..because i could not see any Peahens around!!

Sambar Stags in their winter best!

Sambar Stags in their winter best!

Winter is also the season for the handsome Sambar Stags to search, court and mate with the elusive females! Since they are Deer of the deep forest and essentially loners, they have to advertise their breeding condition and generally make theie presence felt to the receptive females. One of the ways the Stags do this is to wallow in mud and ‘adorn’ themselves in order to ‘attract’ and impress the females. Just look at this ‘tall, dark and handsome’ Kanha Stag!! This young Stag actually does not have much of a chance among the big fellas..but why give up without…

Sal metamorphosis

Sal metamorphosis

The magnificent Sal trees, which defne the whole character of Kanha, are in the throes of change..they are shedding their old leaves…you can see in this image how the old leaves turn into delicate shades of ochre and yellow before they are shed. The whole forest is thus changing colours..it’s so beautiful to watch and hear the gently sound of falling Sal leaves, which form a lovely carpet of yellow-brown leaves on the forest floor…. And new Sal leaves are alreday emerging from their buds..it’s amazing to see the Sal forest in transformation and renewal..i am mesmerised by it’s beauty..and…

Winter in Kanha National Park

Winter in Kanha National Park

The landscape in Kanha in winter is glorious, as evident in this image of a Chital herd resting under shade..with the different hues of the meadow merging into the Sal forest..and the Bahmni Dadar plateau in the background. I love the scenery of this amazing Park, which keeps changing almost every week. Barasingha or Swamp Deer is the flagship species of Kanha and in winter one can see them in their best condition.This magnificent Barasingha stag seen one December morning is in it’s prime rutting condition and the misty background is almost surreal… The Barasingha Stags gather dry grasses in…

Dragonflies!

Dragonflies!

This is my latest passion-Dragonflies! Sometime recently i started to notice them more and slowly got deeper into their world..during the last monsoon in Kanha, i started to photograph them and now wherever i go, i look for these beautiful creatures!

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