An orange beauty on a lush green carpet. From the variety of crab species found in India, the orange crab is one such beautifully colored species which is endemic to the indian jungles.
Various Indian scientists are working towards getting an enhanced understanding of such lesser known species, and also have successfully described various new species. Awareness about lesser fauna is first step towards it's conservation is what I think.
One of the most ferocious and unpredictable beasts from the wild. Sloth bears are famous for their love towards termites. They are able to smell active termite mounds from a distance and are known for the destruction they cause to the termite mounds. I had observed this behavior in Amrabad tiger reserve whilst on a line transect with a team.
Recently in Kanha National Park, we observed a sloth bear in early hours of the morning. It was busy in smelling various termite mounds and finally settled on one, as soon as it found the right mound, he started digging with full force. We were awestruck after seeing the scene. A full grown sloth bear, using its fore limbs with full force to turn a termite mound into dust. The mound got flattened in no time, then Bhaloo sat down for a meal. Using his paws to dig out the termites and then savouring those with his long tounge.
Out of many sloth bear sightings, this is the one which I wont ever forget.
Kanha National Park
A calm jungle greeted us on the evening of 3rd june, the overcast weather had imparted a silence on the Kanha meadows. We decided to take route 7 and try our luck, after reaching the bela chapar talab a gypsy was reversing ahead of us who reported of sighting a male on the next "tirah". We waited for the male at the waterbody for a long time, with no alarm calls or any other movement the other gyspy left the area as it was getting a bit late, we decided to do the same after a while. As soon as we hit the ignition the guide exclaimed "Wo dekho tiger a raha hai", and there he was, walking calmly through the bushes. We had to leave him right after he sat in water as we had to reach the gate in time.
3 June 2018
A cool morning in Kanha National Park, we were driving through a grassland. I noticed a raptor perched beautifully on a termite mound and we halted at a distance. The beautiful perch and amazing lighting allowed us to create some nice images.
We initially thought of it as a Crested hawk eagle juvenile and continued clicking, after returning to Pune, I realized it was something different and was told by some experts that it's a Jerdons baza which is a rarity from these parts of India......
Kanha National Park
After a morning hike in the jungle, while waiting for pick-up. I came across a racket tailed drongo being mobbed by flock of babblers.I followed them to certain point. The area behind the beat camp had great avian diversity, loads of Drongos, babblers, thrushes, orioles, flycatchers flocked around the stream behind the chowky. Here is a small account of what interested me the most in that birding session.
The teak tree as we know bears one of the finest wood known for its Sturdiness, Hardness and Long lasting qualities. While observing all the birds, a wood boring sound started coming from a nearby thicket, being a protected area no human activity is allowed. The sound increased, out of curiosity, I crossed the road and entered the thicket, A teak tree was vibrating and all I could see was a small woodpecker (size of a average human fist) on the bark, pecking on the wood. Nature never fails to amaze us with the marvellous creations, its quite interesting how a bird, so small is able to bore the sturdy trunks and feed on the insects beneath...................................... Brown capped pygmy woodpecker.
Land of Mowgli.
One of the most common raptors in Central Indian scape.
While walking through a beautiful patch of forest, we climbed a bund to reach a watering hole. Several spot billed ducks, egrets, herons were calmly wading in the shallow waters. All of a sudden all the water birds took of, generating a sound nearing to revving of a jeep engine. Confused about sudden commotion we turned towards the pond, and saw this one failing at an attempt to hunt............ Perched majestically on a dry tree, after a while the eagle was successful in hunting a pond heron.
Crested Hawk Eagle