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Bush frog eggs -
Instead of tadpoles, miniature versions of adult frogs directly hatch out from bush frog eggs. The tadpole stage is in fact completed inside the egg itself, with the help of some nutritious yolk. This strategy in fact helps bush frog young ones be better prepared for dry spells they might encounter during the monsoon, and reduces the loss to predators (among other benefits).
These are probably eggs of Bombay Bush Frog (Raorchestes bombayensis).
Hemis National Park
17 Feb 2018
28 Feb 2018
I am planning to visit Leh-Ladakh with clear objective to sight Snow Leopard and other mammals. Various birds prevalent in the area. Since the cost of travelling to Hemis National Park will be high alternatively the Rigzong wildlife sanctuary, lesser known place which is located in western Ladakh is ideal habitat for Snow leopard, Tibetan wolf, Brown bear, Ibex, Red fox and varieties of birds.
However it is important for the serious co travelers to respond within 7 days with all possible queries. The temperature will be minus 12 degree on an average in the night. We will be provided with all electric blankets. The team under the able leadership of Tashi Tundup will be able to achieve our mission 'Snow Leopard'. Vehicle will be there from Leh to Leh and will carry all necessary food stuff. Team will have experienced Guide, Driver, Cook, Helper besides 4 persons. Any one who is interested may send me mail so that I can share all details of the trip.
The famous ruins of Basgo!
The ruins are the outcome of aggressive attacks by States of Central Asia. In the 15th century, Basgo used to be the centre of culture & politics. Back then, Ladakh was split into upper & lower ladakh until Baghan, a former king of Basgo brought back together Ladakh by defeating Leh's king.
Considering the history and landscape this place has, it's a surprise that you hardly find any tourists! Although visiting monasteries aren't number 1 on my list, the road to Basgo Monastery isn't one to miss out on. The entire stretch is a photographer's paradise!
The park is most easily accessible from Munnar by road (only 15-20 kms). Although it's an uphill drive and vehicles will move slowly. Munnar is about 130 kms away from Cochin, part of it is an uphill drive too. The drive can take longer than the maps show and it is best to keep adequate buffers.
Bandhavgarh National Park
01 Nov 2017
06 Nov 2017
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
Looking for another person to join me for a 8 / 9 safari trip to Bandhavgarh. Will be staying in a star category accommodation. Main interest is photography.
I had been curious to understand more about the shedding of antlers. Had asked my naturalist and also looked into it more. Here is a broad level understanding.
Antlers are bones composed of calcium and phosphorus which are grown and shed each year. The antlers grow onward from the skull through attachment points which are known as 'pedicles'. These pedicles are formed a couple of months from birth and provide the base for the antlers to grow. Velvet covers a growing antler, which supplies oxygen and nutrients to the growing bone. Once the antler achieves its full size, the velvet is lost and the antler's bone dies. These are the antlers at the mature stage, as seen in the picture. This coincides with increasing testosterone levels during rutting season. Once the rutting season is over, in response to decreasing testosterone, 'osteoclasts' erode the base of the antlers at their junction with the pedicle, eventually causing the antlers to simply fall off. Each year a larger and more branched set of antlers will develop. The entire process of growth and regrowth of antlers is quite demanding in terms of nutrition and hence is considered to be an indicator of good health.
Hope that helps.. do look into it more if interested and add if i missed anything!